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  • Friday 16Th June

    wetting agent

    bigpicwetting agent has been applied to all the greens to help with the irrigation.The wetting agent works to help the water that is applied soak down into the soil and reduces the amount of run off that happens in these very hot conditions.

  • Monday 12th June

    application of liquid fertilizer 10:0:10

    An application of a liquid fertilizer was applied to all the greens on the cousre today

  • Application of a fungicide

    bigpicAn application of a fungicide has been applied to the greens on Monday 22nd May because of the early signs of Fusarium was noticed on the greens. Fusarium more correctly now referred to as Michrodochium nivale is the pathogen for Fusarium patch, a fungus that attacks turf, particularly in fine turf. Fusarium affects cold season grasses in the Northern hemisphere.

    Three common turf grass species grown in Britain that are susceptible to fusarium:- Poa annua, Lolium perenne and Agrostis stolonifera. Many golf greens are composed of a high proportion of Poa annua enabling the Fusarium to spread uninterrupted which historically has been one of the main concerns for green keepers.

    Turf managers are often forced down the cultural route which inadvertently optimises the composition of Poa annua within their greens. This has been brought about by a desire, by golfers to see lush green surfaces that have been mown below heights that suit the grass species less susceptible to disease. this increases the ball speed but provides an ideal substrate for Poa annua to invade into these areas.

    Because Poa annua is an opportunist it allows it to fill a broad range of niches in the turf sward and reacts quickly to nutrients producing lush growth which is susceptible to Fusarium.

  • Hydraulic spill

    bigpicFriday 19th May our Toro Reelmaster had a hydraulic pipe burst while mowing the Tees, the operator was not aware the hydraulic hose underneath had ruptured. When mowing the Tees the operator is looking forward so would not have noticed the burst pipe under the machine, but stopped the machine as soon as the leak was detected. Unfortunately hydraulic fluid is quite poisonous to turf grasses. The Hydraulic pipe lines are sometimes susceptible to breaking or bursting, or sometimes to popping a seal. When this happens and hydraulic fluid falls onto turf, it usually results in grass death..

    Often the reason grass dies when it comes into contact with hydraulic fluid is the temperature. Because spills usually occur when turf maintenance vehicles are actively moving over the turf, and are therefore running and extremely hot, the hydraulic fluid that comes into contact with the grass is often very hot itself, sometimes as hot as 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond that, however, the hydraulic fluid is simply toxic to grasses. Hydraulic fluid spills on the turf also interfere with photosynthesis and respiration, which prevent any grass that did not die on contact from growing.Tees that have been effected by the ruptured pipe are the 5th/14th, 6th/15th and the 8th/17th Tees. Work will begin on Monday to rectify the issue.

  • Geese attack

    bigpic During the ladies spring meeting a number of our ladies came into contact with a goose that attacked them (due to the female goose nesting) down by the lake leading up to the 5th green, we have placed a number of signs down by the area to warn golfers of the danger of attacks and the following information is provided for members safety:-

    Geese are territorial birds and are known to chase or attack humans who disturb their territory. While geese may chase people, an actual physical attack is fairly rare. You can stop a goose's aggression by respectfully leaving its territory. Back away slowly, while remaining calm. Do not do anything that may escalate the situation, like yelling.

    Watch for warning signs of an imminent attack. You may be able to get away before a goose becomes too aggressive if you see the warning signs of an attack. Pay attention to any potential signs of aggression when you're near a goose. At first, a goose will bend its head back slightly, this indicates aggression, if the goose then bends its neck out straight this shows the aggression is increasing. If a goose is about to attack, it will pump its head up and down. Geese may hiss or honk as well if they are becoming aggressive.

    Leave before a goose begins to chase you. If you notice warning signs of an attack, leave before the goose begins to chase you. If the goose sees you're backing away it may decide you're not a threat. Back away slowly until you're a good distance from the goose and its stopped making aggressive gestures.

    Back away slowly if the goose becomes aggressive. In the event the goose starts chasing you, back away slowly. Stay faced towards the goose and use your peripheral vision to guide your movements. Make sure to avoid anything you may trip over as this may give the goose reason to attack.

    Remain calm. if you appear frightened or upset, a goose could take this as a sign of aggression. It's a good idea to maintain calm, neutral demeanour when backing away from the goose. If you're struggling to remain calm, take a few deep breaths as you back away. keep in mind that while geese can be territorial, an attack is very rare.

    Do not become hostile. If you're being chased by a goose, your inclination may be to scare it off. however, getting hostile will only be seen as aggression. do not yell at the goose it's better not to say anything, as to avoid provoking it. you should also not make any physical gestures towards the goose. do not kick, swing your arms or throw anything at the goose.

    Avoid turning away. It's very important you face the goose until it stops pursuing you. keep an eye on the goose at all times. Do not close your eyes or turn your back from the animal, watch the goose carefully until it backs off.

    Do not run. As you should keep your eye on a goose, running is not recommended. If a goose sees you running< this may encourage it to chase you more. also, running may make you appear excited or agitated, which a goose may perceive as aggression. Even is a goose is gaining ground, remain calm and take slow, careful steps to get away

  • Weed killing

    bigpic The course has been sprayed with an application of an extremely effective low does rate (that gives a minimal environmental loading of active ingredients) systemic post-emergent herbicide which combines three active ingredients and two different modes of action to kill a range of difficult to control weeds on the course. The active ingredients are:- Fluroxypyr-meptyl, Clopyralid and Florasulam which gives a complete control right down to the roots with no re growth and a rapid entry into the plant.

    The weeds that the chemical application controls are as follows:- Lotus corniculatus, Medicago lupulina, Helminthotheca echioides, Hypochaeris radicata, Potentilla reptans, Rumex acetosa, Trifolium repens, Bellis perennis, Taraxacum officinale, Cerastium fontanum, Plantago major, Ranunculus repens, Plantago lanceolata, Prunella and Cirsium vulgare.

    The way in which these chemicals work is to speed up their growth pattern (outgrow themselves) which will make the weeds stand out more than before they had been treated. This will mean that over the next month or two it will seem that there are a greater number of weeds around the course, this is not the case it is just that they are more noticeable after the application of the chemical.

  • Fertiliser on greens - 27/03/17

    bigpicToday we have applied a specifically formulated conventional release mini-granulated fertiliser with a mix of nitrogen sources to the greens, the uniform granule breaks down quickly to avoid too much disruption to play. In the short term there will be a blackening effect to the grass sward (this is normal) which will slowly disappear, this has no effect on the putting surface its just the reaction of the grass plant due to the iron content of the fertiliser.

  • Fertiliser application on Tees - 21/3/17

    bigpicToday a controlled release fertiliser has been applied to all the Tees, this will help to kick start the growth of the sward on the Tees as we head towards the spring.

  • A big thank you - 21/3/17

    Maintenance Day

    bigpicA big thank you to all that volunteered their time and effort on the day it was much appreciated.

    Brian Austin
    Mike Bull
    Mike Goodbody
    Keith Rutherford
    Roy Kefford
    Steve Richards
    Laurie Fagg
    Keith Payne
    Tony Orme

    And a Big thank you to Director of greens Billy Badcock for collecting and delivery back the equipment from and to a number of golf courses, Without his effort the tasks carried out on Monday would not have been possible.

    Once again to you all many thanks Gary

  • Course maintenance day Monday 20th March

    bigpicThe course will be closed for maintenance on Monday when the greens will undergo Hollow coring, over seeding, top dressing and brushing.

    Hollow coring allows us to remove a small core from the greens sward and its lower sub soil, which in turn gives us the opportunity to replace this with a sand based dressing.

    The greens will then have an application of an all bent seed mix applied after which they will be dressed with a fine tournament dressing and drag brushed into the sward and the core holes.

    Short term i know that this will make the greens a little harder to putt on but it is to the benefit of the greens in the long term to create greens that are smooth and true when putting on.

  • Bird boxes - 22/02/17

    bigpic A large number of bird boxes have been positioned around the course. We hope this will help to encourage birds to nest here at the club.

    Thank you to Ladies Captain, Judith Houghton, for donating the boxes. Judith will update the membership soon, with the location of the boxes.

  • Bunker Work 5th Hole - (Image once completed)

    bigpicBunker work continues to the course and outlined below is the project recently started;

    The hole, originally designed with 7 bunkers, one of which already removed due to the green being made smaller, was intended to be approached from a position left of the current teeing areas. The bunkers were also designed for a much larger green.

    The current bunker programme intends to reduce the size of many bunkers on the course and where necessary remove or reshape existing bunkers.

    By reducing the number and size of bunkers, this will make existing bunkers more manageable for staff and improve their condition.

    The image (above) shows the projected ‘new’ layout of the 5th/14th Hole, with all the bunkers being made smaller to suit the current green size.

    The front right bunker will be moved closer and positioned further left (as playing the hole) to the green to catch short approach shots, the front left bunker will also be moved closer to the green.

    Removal of the centre left bunker will be replaced with grass mounding. The mounding will direct wayward shots but will also aid in creating definition when playing both the 5th/14th & 8th/17th Holes.

    This project will take time to complete with the mounding being the first part. Reducing the size and repositioning the current bunkers will follow.

  • New Rakes and How to use them 30/01/2017

    bigpic Step 1 - Teeth First

    New rakes have been purchased and distributed to all the bunkers on the course.

    The new rakes are designed with two sides, one side teeth and the other is 'rounded'.

    To rake the bunkers, please follow these guidelines;

    *Enter the bunker at the lowest point

    *Once you have played your shot, using the 'teeth side', rake backwards and forwards spreading the sand evenly

    *Exit the bunker at the point of entry

    Step 2 - Smooth Edge

    Once you have exited the bunker:-

    *Finish raking all footprints using the teeth side of the rake

    *Turn rake over and use the 'rounded' side

    *Smooth and flatten the edges of the bunker where you entered/exited the bunker

    Step 3 - A Job Well Done

    *Place rake in from the edge of the bunker in the direction of play

    *Stand back and admire your work................but not for too long!!

    A BIG thank you to Past Captain, Gary Jones for his donation to club. The money raised during Gary’s year was used to purchase all 30 of the new rakes.

  • New Holes Please - Frosty Greens 03/01/2017

    bigpicMembers are advised;

    That during frosty periods, it is very difficult for the green staff to cut new holes in the very hard ground conditions.

    Where most courses would impose 'frost greens' or 'temp greens' our Course Manager is happy for members to continue to enjoy the playing surface of a normal green.

    This will mean that the areas around the holes will become bobbly and trodden as the frost melts away. Although frost clears on the surface, it can remain in the ground 2" below the surface for a long period making it difficult to cut the 12" depth to re-site the hole.

    We kindly ask that during frosty periods when greens are being used, that members avoid attending the flag during casual rounds of golf. This will help to preserve the condition of the hole.

  • Spraying 08/11/2016

    bigpicFollowing advice from the River Authorities a programme has now been put in place to try and eradicate the pennywort from the river Shuttle.

    Money raised and kindly donated from the 100 Club has allowed us to fund this project, spraying took place this week (07/11/16) and we expect to see some results in the next 2 weeks.

    Further spraying is scheduled to take place in the New Year.

  • Tree Plantation - 15/02/2016

    bigpicThe Woodland Trust have been trying to re-introduce native tree species in and around Kent over the past few years since losing a number of Ash Trees to disease. As part of their initiative, the Golf Club recently received a substantial contribution from the Woodland Trust towards the planting of native trees.

    Tree species include, Oak, Hornbeam, Beech, Birch and Wild Cherry.

    After liaising with the Woodland Trust, and the advise received, a large number of trees have been planted alongside the pathway to the 7th/16th hole to create a woodland area. This area will offer protection to the pathway as well as providing the golf club with a supply of 'mature trees' over the coming years.

    We expect the woodland area to play a visual part in encouraging golfers to avoid the right side (and pathway), whilst offering extra protection to users of the pathway. As trees start to mature, some will be re-positioned around the course replacing decaying/dead trees.

    A number of the remaining trees have been used to 'infill' areas that lacked protection, whilst a row of Wild Cherry Trees (approx 15) have been positioned to the right of the 6th/15th hole to add colour, offer protection and replace the decaying hedge.

    Members are reminded to take a drop from 'staked trees', if your ball lands in the new plantation/nursery please take relief from this area at the nearest point.

  • New Bunker Design - 8th/17th 12/02/2016

    bigpicNew turf has been laid around the bunker on the 8th/17th hole. This area will be roped off to protect the grass.

    This area has been defined as GUR and a dropping zone marked out. A ball scoop has been provided for golfers to retrieve their ball.

    Please avoid walking over the new turf.