Course Development

Course Development

This is the new 10th green where the drains are being installed as we speak and the new irrigation heads are being sited.

On the New course thing are changing as well with the unusual dry and warm spring

The rainfall this month has registered 0mm on average we expect 94mm this month in this area. Again as I said last month good and bad for us, great for construction not great for the New course grasses.

The boar fence is moving rapidly now and is at the 10th tees only a short distance left to enclose the whole course, by the next report this should be complete.

5th Hole

We have installed a trolley path at the green on 5 this is to aid anybody with electric trolleys, exiting the hole to the next tee. At present we have constructed a natural grass path but over time we will monitor this and see if we have to change to a more durable artificial turf.

We have done the same type of work around the 9th green to repair the worn areas.

Also on the left of green 2 towards tee 3 we have repaired the worn area with turf.

We have extended the mulch areas to tidy up and repair areas which are worn and are imposible to maintain grass on due to shade or heavy traffic below you can see the difference this has made on hole 1.

Before After

We are continuing this around the course to other areas which have similar problem so at present we are identifying the areas and working out the materials needed to complete this work.

Another use for the mulch we have is on the tee stones see below.

During the process of realigning all of the tees on the New we took the opportunity of removing a square of turf around the tee stones and replacing it with mulch this cuts down on maintenance requirements quite a lot as no more strimming is needed , this may not seem like a great time saver but if you add up we have over 90 stones on the course each needing attention then the man hours saving becomes obvious.

We have also been busy repairing some path areas around the course one of these areas is around the drinks and fruit table walking up to the tenth tee.

Also during this month we have solid tined all of the tees on the course and sand dressed them this is to aid with the compaction of the tees and move some air into then roots system for the quickly approaching spring green up of the Bermuda grass. We have also increased our divouting of fairways due to the increased numbers of round we are experiencing on the New while the Old is closed, and the ongoing cleaning of the sprinkler heads and drainage grids is continuing. Bunker edging is another ongoing job which adds a better definition to the course and enhances the overall aesthetics of the course.

Back on the Old course.

The work is moving now with the rough shaping finished on holes 10,11, 12, 18 and 1 the greens have been formed on these holes as well and the next process is the deep drainage, then the shallow drainage and finally the irrigation lines will be laid before it can be all sand capped and the grass can be laid.

Below is a look at some of the deep drainage which is going in on the driving range some of it is nearly 3 meters deep this is needed to be able to drain all of the areas around the club and act as an overflow system for the lakes on the 2nd and 8th holes (new numbers ).

Also remember I told you about the sand for the fairways would start to arrive during February, well now they are up to around 30 trucks a day bringing the sand from Arco de la Frontier.

The stock pile dwarfs my buggy now and it doesn’t stop arriving.

Now Let’s take a look at some of the stats on the course over the last month, the chart below shows a lot of detail which is hard to actually make out on this photo but what it does show is each line is a different green, which we test 2-3 times in a week and the results we use to compare to our set guide lines which we need to maintain the grass on the greens at a very high quality. The chart below shows the moisture content over the month of February the broad blue line is the area we need to be within, for moisture content. As you can see at the start of the month after the rains in late January the greens were above the recommended percentage of moisture, but due to the work we have carried out over the last months the greens quickly returned to acceptable values and continued for most of the month at these values. Near the end of the month we had a very dry wind and hot days which dropped the moisture content below the required levels but as you can see with a little hand watering we quickly recovered the moisture content. The greatest benefit by using all of the data we have available from our pogo is the efficient control of the resources we have especially the water usage which is great for two reason the cost saving and also the environmental impact, this is reduced greatly due to our micro management of the water system. Although the main goal is the overall improvement of the golf course not the savings, which I believe now we can see clearly happening on the New course.

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