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The prolonged winter weather continued into March and in fact deteriorated through this month with “the beast from the east” reducing temperatures down to as low -5 degrees recorded, but feeling intensely colder than that with the wind chill factor. With temperatures this low the greenstaff retreat to the maintenance building to carry out machinery maintenance, course furniture preparation and other tasks, however conditions remained below freezing in the building, with no form of heating in the workshop/maintenance area.

Periods of lying snow forced the closure of the course but the greenstaff seized this opportunity to carry out some woodland management, the ground conditions allowing the movement of tractors and trailers around the golf course causing minimal damage to the turf. The area to the right of the 9th fairway before the first fairway bunker has seen removal of 15 specimens, a mixture of larch, beech, birch and hornbeam that were diseased or damaged and will encourage the more healthy indigenous species to flourish. We have also trimmed the lower limbs on trees in copses on the 2nd, 6th, 18th, and on the left of the 13th fairway some young pines have been removed to allow full canopy development of the remaining trees. Further tree work was carried out following a night of strong winds with major limbs splitting off trees on holes 12, 13 & 16.

Other work has seen the team upgrade the bridges crossing the 16th fairway, and will continue to do the same on the other sleeper bridges around the course when conditions/manpower allow. They will remain as footbridges only, with no buggies allowed.

We have installed two drains in localised wet areas on the 15th apron and near one of bridges on the 16th. Work has started on improving the drainage performance of the bunkers on the 4th, all three are currently G.U.R but will be back in play for Easter.

In line with the S.T.R.I report we have earlier this week carried out some intensive aeration work on the 10th green and a section of the 5th green. These areas showed not to be quite as free draining as the rest of the greens, so we have removed some organic matter from the top layer with 20mm hollow tines and worked into the surface by hand some 1.5 tonnes of sand. Whilst not a one hit solution to the problem, with a more aggressive approach to aeration on these two areas over time their surface drainage capabilities will improve and become consistent with the remaining greens

We have also taken the opportunity this week, as surfaces dried out, to scarify the aprons, removing decaying material at the base of the sward, the plan is then to hollow tine and apply a sand dressing if weather conditions allow before Easter.

The new chipping green is currently being turfed with turf removed from the old chipping near the 10th green. This area will then be rotavated, the bunkers filled and levelled, the area will then be seeded to be used as a turf nursery and also as an improved walkway from the 10th green to the 11th tee.

 Three new Toro machines have been delivered ready for the season ahead, a fairway mower, a sidewinder machine for mowing around bunkers and a rotary for cutting semi rough under trees.

We have also scarified areas on the 1st & 18th fairways to remove some material contaminating the drain lines, further to this we intend to hollow tine and apply a sand dressing directly over the drains to improve drainage performance, again this is not a one hit solves all operation and we will be carrying out the operation a number of times this season.

Fairway mats are to be removed on Thursday 29th March, however due to little growth winter wheels will remain in force on trolleys until temperatures consistently pick up and the grass begins to respond. For next winter we need to clarify the type of winter wheel suitable for Clitheroe and discourage the use of Hedgehog wheels, and the push type trolley with very narrow pram wheels, and encourage the use of the hexagonal powacaddy type.

For the winter work programme 2018/2019 work on the aprons is the priority and we have identified a number of aprons that require a full reconstruction similar to the greens rebuild. These being 1st, 6th, 8th, 10th 12th 15th. For the work to be done and recovery of the turf it would mean the green being out of play for most of the winter. A winter green would be prepared on the fairway. These being the worst aprons the remaining aprons require a combination of drainage installation and aggressive aeration to improve their playing characteristics and that work to be carried out in future winters with less disruption to winter golf.

 

The prolonged winter weather continued into March and in fact deteriorated through this month with “the beast from the east” reducing temperatures down to as low -5 degrees recorded, but feeling intensely colder than that with the wind chill factor. With temperatures this low the greenstaff retreat to the maintenance building to carry out machinery maintenance, course furniture preparation and other tasks, however conditions remained below freezing in the building, with no form of heating in the workshop/maintenance area.

Periods of lying snow forced the closure of the course but the greenstaff seized this opportunity to carry out some woodland management, the ground conditions allowing the movement of tractors and trailers around the golf course causing minimal damage to the turf. The area to the right of the 9th fairway before the first fairway bunker has seen removal of 15 specimens, a mixture of larch, beech, birch and hornbeam that were diseased or damaged and will encourage the more healthy indigenous species to flourish. We have also trimmed the lower limbs on trees in copses on the 2nd, 6th, 18th, and on the left of the 13th fairway some young pines have been removed to allow full canopy development of the remaining trees. Further tree work was carried out following a night of strong winds with major limbs splitting off trees on holes 12, 13 & 16.

Other work has seen the team upgrade the bridges crossing the 16th fairway, and will continue to do the same on the other sleeper bridges around the course when conditions/manpower allow. They will remain as footbridges only, with no buggies allowed.

We have installed two drains in localised wet areas on the 15th apron and near one of bridges on the 16th. Work has started on improving the drainage performance of the bunkers on the 4th, all three are currently G.U.R but will be back in play for Easter.

 

 

In line with the S.T.R.I report we have earlier this week carried out some intensive aeration work on the 10th green and a section of the 5th green. These areas showed not to be quite as free draining as the rest of the greens, so we have removed some organic matter from the top layer with 20mm hollow tines and worked into the surface by hand some 1.5 tonnes of sand. Whilst not a one hit solution to the problem, with a more aggressive approach to aeration on these two areas over time their surface drainage capabilities will improve and become consistent with the remaining greens.

We have also taken the opportunity this week, as surfaces dried out, to scarify the aprons, removing decaying material at the base of the sward, the plan is then to hollow tine and apply a sand dressing if weather conditions allow before Easter.

The new chipping green is currently being turfed with turf removed from the old chipping near the 10th green. This area will then be rotavated, the bunkers filled and levelled, the area will then be seeded to be used as a turf nursery and also as an improved walkway from the 10th green to the 11th tee.

Three new Toro machines have been delivered ready for the season ahead, a fairway mower, a sidewinder machine for mowing around bunkers and a rotary for cutting semi rough under trees.

We have also scarified areas on the 1st & 18th fairways to remove some material contaminating the drain lines, further to this we intend to hollow tine and apply a sand dressing directly over the drains to improve drainage performance, again this is not a one hit solves all operation and we will be carrying out the operation a number of times this season.

Fairway mats are to be removed on Thursday 29th March, however due to little growth winter wheels will remain in force on trolleys until temperatures consistently pick up and the grass begins to respond. For next winter we need to clarify the type of winter wheel suitable for Clitheroe and discourage the use of Hedgehog wheels, and the push type trolley with very narrow pram wheels, and encourage the use of the hexagonal powacaddy type.

For the winter work programme 2018/2019 work on the aprons is the priority and we have identified a number of aprons that require a full reconstruction similar to the greens rebuild. These being 1st, 6th, 8th, 10th 12th 15th. For the work to be done and recovery of the turf it would mean the green being out of play for most of the winter. A winter green would be prepared on the fairway. These being the worst aprons the remaining aprons require a combination of drainage installation and aggressive aeration to improve their playing characteristics and that work to be carried out in future winters with less disruption to winter golf.