The pond clearance project has now been completed resulting in the 13th pond looking much tidier and healthier because of this work.
The long reach excavator was ideal in reaching the middle of the pond removing in excess of 150 tons of silt that had built up over many years.
Last week we started the long filling programme replenishing the water that we lost over the summer months.
The filling process was carried out in stages over the course of a couple of weeks, with all the water being abstracted from the bore hole.
The amount of water needed to fill the pond was an incredible 950,000 litres, which would have created a huge bill of many thousands of pounds if taken from the mains.
This week we have planted lilies and installed a water fountain that we have acquired on a loan basis with the potential to purchase at a later date.
Through doing this work in-house we saved the club over £20,000, and I know the greenstaff thoroughly enjoyed the project to improve the hole.
Height of cut has been raised to 4mm as growth starts to slow and the threat of disease heightens in the cooler conditions.
Fusarium is rife during the autumn months and left unchecked could result in scarring on the surfaces throughout the winter.
Raising the height of cut reduces stress and combined with a programme of systemic fungicides should help reduce disease and encourage healthy growth.
Greens continue to be cut daily with our triple mowers but this will change once the greens become softer, then hand cutting will take over for the remainder of the winter.
I have submitted plans to the management committee on improving the practice facilities, in particular the chipping green and practice bunker area.
My plans involve a complete rebuild of the green to match the quality of the greens on the golf course and a new bunker complex with teeing area.
This work will be carried out in-house over two year period with phase 1 being the green, which could be completed next summer if everything goes to plan.
I will publish a detailed plan of the works and a time frame of completion dates once budgets have been agreed.
The long rough (Hay areas) have been cut and cleared and will now remain normal rough height for the winter, this I know will please some.
However these areas will return with more vigour in the spring from being cut down now and encourage finer grasses.
Irrigation lines that did not recover have been dressed and seed sown to help the repair process. These areas were seeded but the very dry summer with little rain did not allow the seed to germinate.
Autumn is a very good time for sowing seed with warmer soil temperatures and higher rainfall, so we should see these areas recover quickly.
GRAHAM, suggestion. Why not use the silt from the pond to fill drainage lines and unsightly parts of the course. The end of the path on the second could do with levelling. Other bare patches could be covered and seeded. It would be a pity to waste all that good silt from the pond. Keep up the good work.