What a cold week. At least we missed all the flooding and heavy snowfall around the rest of the Country and we do get stunning Winters days once the frost lifts.
It is timely to remind the members why we close the Course until the frost disappears. When the grass plant is frozen during a frost, any pressure causes bruising which is very harmful to plant health and can cause dieback. Also, as golfers walk on the frost their soft-spikes gather frost and cause damage to the greens by causing dents creating un-even playing surfaces. Further to that, as a ball rolls along the greens surface, it accumulates frost and won’t roll properly. To my knowledge, all Golf Courses in the region have the same frost policy that we implement.
This week the Greens Surrounds and Approach’s have been solid tine verti-drained. This enables better root growth and increased drought stress in the Summer.
The Fairways were also sliced to assist in water movement and as we have seen in past years the grass germinates in these areas giving good Autumn recovery. The more we slice, The better the recovery is weather permitting.