For the last couple of weeks we have been trying to get the course ready for the start of the season and the Opening Club Supper. Below you'll see some recent improvements....
More than a just Pro...
To save us Greenkeepers some time, Dave the pro lends us his hands for the day. Taking all the stakes out and with replacing them with new ones, thats one off the list...... cheers for the hand Dave.
For those of you who are using trolleys, could you please follow these tips
to help protect the course.....
Go around the greens following the white trolley lines. Please keep the trolleys away from the areas marked in yellow in the diagram (on the aprons, pictured above) .
The course is looking great now for this time of year and with the Club supper only a couple of days away, it's safe to say its going to be a good year for Redditch GC, enjoy.
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To control thatch. The blades of a verticutting reel are finer and more numerous than those on a scarifying reel. They are designed to be used above the thatch layer to remove dead and dying grass plants that will ultimately contribute to the thatch layer.
The greenkeeper verticuts fine turf for a number of reasons:-
To lift lateral growth and to thin out the sward.
To remove organic matter from the immediate turf base and to improve cutting speeds.
When we come to verticut a green the first thing we must do, is unfortunately put you guys on the temporary green. This is purely for our own safety as we will roughly be on each green for a hour.
Phil (our head greenkeeper) in the picture above is modeling the Sisis Rotorake whilst brother Dave pushes the organic matter to the sides of the green.....
Then Simon and Ethan came along to save the day.......
Once it's all is collected it will all be stored in the top bays (old sheds) to be used at a later date for a different project.
There are 3 main types of vertical cutting:
The problem with verticutting is that it can be extremely damaging to the grass plant. The blade hacks into the crown rather than just lipping away at the leaves. Too much damage and too often can be devastating to a naturally slow growing plant.
After the work is done, we give each green a blow and a swish to ensure the playing surface is as smooth as possible...... A Tidy Green Is A Happy Green :)
Bunkers.... are a major concern of the course and we are doing our best to renovate them.
So far this year we have renovated 8 bunkers lining them with astro turf and I'm happy to report back.... so far so good. However, we have 46 bunkers so that leaves a large amount left to do, but this doesnt mean were going to neglect the other ones.
First we have to edge the bunker using the 'half moon' tool, trying to take away as little as possible, so that we're not making the bunker that much bigger.
Once we've cleared away the turf by using a Gator , we then by use the back of the rake, (the smooth end) to pull the sand to the edge trying to leave a 1 inch lip. A lot of golfers don't approve of a lip on the bunker faces, but let me just explain why I think it's important to have a one. If the sand was raked to the top it would invade the grass making the structure around the face weak, thus making it crumble and leaving us with no edge at all. Also more weeds and grass will then start to grow on the faces which is something we want to avoid.
I then approach the bunker from the lowest point, working my way around it. I'll move the sand around trying to fill in the shallow parts. We are currently aware that some of the bunkers are shallow in places, so topping them up with new sand is on the "to do" list.
Now the raking is done, I exit the bunker at the lowest point
Using the back of the rake to smooth out the footprints on the faces. This stops any loosening of the sand which causes plugging of the ball.
Leaving the bunker at the lowest point prevents anyone hurting them self from slipping or falling.
The aim of back raking the faces is to allow the ball to roll to the centre of the bunker making it less difficult for the golfer to play the shot and less time consuming for us greenskeepers.
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Hi I'm Harvey,
I've worked at RGC for 10 years and I'm deputy head of a team of 7 members led by Karl our Head Greenkeeper