Hard work is paying off for the Morpeth golf club greens staff.

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This month has brought many tests to the team on and off the course. We have had some varied weather to say the least, at times 20 degrees windy and dry then 40mm of rain and 9 degrees. These changes in weather bring us many different tests for example, fusarium disease on the greens, the layer of thatch on the greens holding water which restricted us from dropping the heights of cut on the greens a little more, just a couple of examples.

During this month we have had a string of mechanical problems mainly with our semi-rough machine. Guy Anderson has worked tirelessly to keep the machines in top shape but more complicated technical problems meant we had to use our John Deere specialists from Greenlay at Cramlington. Greenlay provide Morpeth golf club with an excellent service 12 months of the year. In recent weeks they have attended a number of more serious break downs in which they have had staff with us on the course within 40 mins of our original call, they have then fitted new parts and had us up and running within an hour or so. The staff would like to send a big thanks to Greenlay for their continuous first class service.

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County Salver/Pro Am week 

The greens team set a target of producing the course to the best possible standards they could manage with the current four staff. The week of the county salver and the pro am stood out on the calendar as a good opportunity to showcase the course. All four of the greens staff sat down and made a plan of works in which they would follow strictly in order to produce the course to a higher standard. Below is the plan we made which we followed and completed to 100% even though the weather conditions and machine failures threw a few spanners in to the works.

On the whole the team were delighted with what they achieved during the week and hope to use these standards as a bench mark for next season.

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Pro AM/County Championship.

Daily course set up Monday/Sunday.

Monday morning:

Gerry Cramer: Cut greens at a height of 4mm, all greens to be cut right to left and trim holes.

Stu Speirs: Fairways at a height of 15mm.

Guy Anderson: Semi-rough in desired area of the course.

John Scurfield: Tees and surrounds at 9mm starting at 1st tee.

 

Monday afternoon: 

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance.

Stu Speirs: Fairways at 15mm

Guy Anderson: Semi-rough

John Scurfield: Tees and surrounds at 9mm

Staff need to book a one hour BRS slot for after the women’s competition on Tuesday 25th July to enable the topdressing duties to be carried out efficiently.

 

Tuesday morning: 05:00am start

Hugh: spray liquid nitrogen “N” and iron “FE” on to greens.

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance/holes.

Stu Speirs: Verti-cut greens to a depth of -2 without clean up lap.

Guy Anderson: Semi-rough

John Scurfield: Cut greens at 3.5mm prior to application of N/FE.

 

Tuesday afternoon:

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance.

Stu Speirs: Apply light dressing to greens.

Guy Anderson: Semi-rough.

John Scurfield: Hand brush dressing/ Cut old 14th greenwith tees @ 9mm.

 

Wednesday Morning:

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance.

Stu Speirs: Fairways at 13mm.

Guy Anderson: Semi-rough.

John Scurfield: Tees yellow/red at 9mm.

 

Wednesday Afternoon:

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance.

Stu Speirs: Fairways at 13mm.

Guy Anderson: Practice ground on semis machine.

John Scurfield: Cut practice area with tees machine at 9mm.

 

Thursday morning:

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance/holes/hazard lines marked.

Stu Speirs: Verti-cut to a depth of -2 with clean up lap.

Guy Anderson: Roll greens.

John Scurfield: Cut greens at 3.3mm

All staff are responsible for bunkers, they must all be raked in the correct style, with rakes placed central in the bunker pointing to the centre of the green or parallel to the fairway.

 

Thursday afternoon:

Gerry Cramer: 2nd cut rough/around bunkers.

Stu Speirs: Fairways at 13mm.

Guy Anderson: Selected semis to break up messy areas of wet grass.

John Scurfield: Tees/white and surrounds 6-15.

Edd Scurfield: Verti-cut selected white tees working alongside John.

 

Friday morning:

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance/holes.

Stu Speirs: Roll greens.

Guy Anderson: Cut greens at 3.2mm.

John Scurfield: Surrounds 1-5 + 16-18.

All staff are responsible for bunkers, they must all be raked in the correct style, with rakes placed central in the bunker pointing to the centre of the green or parallel to the fairway.

 

Friday afternoon:

All staff to end shifts after morning duties are complete as extra duties are planned for Saturday morning.

 

Saturday morning:

Gerry Cramer: General maintenance/holes.

Stu Speirs: Roll greens.

Guy Anderson: General maintenance/bins/markers.

John Scurfield: Greens at 3.2mm.

All staff are responsible for bunkers, they must all be raked in the correct style, with rakes placed central in the bunker pointing to the centre of the green or parallel to the fairway.

A stimp meter reading was taken before the county salver, Steven Johnson course manager, Stu Speirs Deputy head and John Scurfield took the readings and were pleasantly surprised at the speed. They recorded an accurate speed of 10.5 feet which is pretty impressive considering the amount of moisture in the ground.

 

 

Sunday morning:

John Scurfield: Roll all greens and move markers to spread wear on tee boxes.

Height of cut will now be lifted immediately up to 4mm to encourage recovery as the turf surface may be under minor stress from heavy periods of play and lower heights of cut. After the club championship weekend the height will be raised again to 4.5mm and monitored regularly by the staff in an attempt to enter the winter period in the best condition possible.

A massive thanks needs to again go out the our volunteers from the membership, the club house area again looks superb thanks to Keith Brown, Martin Calder, Jim Allison and Ronnie Sanderson. The guys also helped during the schedule of works with the bunkers this was amazing and counter balanced our time against the bad weather that held us up a little. Ronnie Sanderson worked from 06:00 both competition mornings with the lads doing bunkers thanks for that Ronnie “top man”.

 

Fairway distance markers.

You may have noticed the recent addition of the fairway distance markers placed in the centre of the fairways at 100/150/200 yards from the centre of the greens. The stones will be colour coordinated using red/yellow/white line marker paint and a template to ensure neatness. They will be red/100yards yellow/150 yards white/200 yards, all distances were measured by club professional David Clark. These will replace the old rotten posts which are also inaccurate from either side of the fairway.

Club member Steve Jemmet has kindly funded these for the club, the green staff would like to thank Steve as they will help us produce the course to a higher standard. Im sure you will all agree there look really smart, thanks Steve.

 

In recent months Morpeth golf club have built a great working relationship with Whitley bay golf club. We are currently exchanging machinery between the two clubs free of charge and are currently making plans to exchange labour during maintenance weeks in the future, this will help both clubs complete their disruptive maintenance work faster and help us both to get our courses back into play more quickly.

Whitley bay also have the equipment on site in their greens sheds to sharpen the cutting units quickly and effectively. Last week Simon Olver course manager of Whitley bay golf club collected 11 cutting units for us and had them sharpened and returned to us in less than 24 hours, a big thanks to Simon and his head mechanic Mark Hollingsworth for doing a great job.

The greens team agree that good working relationships with other clubs and staff within our industry is massive for the club. This will help us with our goal of producing one of the best courses in the county.

We would appreciate and encourage any members that wish to leave any feed back via the comments box, we are always interested to hear the voice of the membership. thanks the greens team.

 

 

 

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