September officially sees the start of Autumn, but in my opinion it seems to be getting later and later. With the air temp and soil temp above average at present, I believe we will see continued grass growth well into November. Good! This will enable us to continue to present the courses in the condition they are at present.
I am in the process of planning the drainage to the 11th fairway on the Valley course. I would love to get it all complete by the end of this month or the first week in November. It may be necessary to close the hole for a few short periods, but this will be kept to an absolute minimum, and we will give plenty of notice so you can plan your golf around it.
I will be fertilising the tees this week along with the surrounds. Heights of cut will be raised in order to help the grass tolerate the wear and tear during periods of low growth.
Fairways raised to 17mm
Tees raised to 14mm
Greens raised to 4.5mm and then to 5mm in November for the duration of the winter.
We will shortly be carrying out renovation work to some of the bunker banks that have erroded, and as time permits, continue with the block paved pathways.
I entered a pairs competition in the summer with the course manager from Glenn Gorse Golf Club (just greenkeepers from the East Midlands) and we have got through to the final, which is to be played at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire. We are playing a pair from Market Harborough GC. The final is the third week of October, so I will let you know how we got on in my next blog.