Maintanence week September 2017

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The second maintenance week of the season will commence on the 4th September with work on going throughout the week. The greens team hope to conclude the work and have the main greens back into play for Saturday 9th. Whilst work is ongoing the team will move the flags on to temporary greens which have been cut into the surrounds.

Any members who wish to come along and help out on Monday the 4th can contact greens chairman Keith Brown who is organising the volunteers, the greens team are appreciate all the help from all the volunteers thanks to all.

The aeration work carried out is absolutely vital, it will enable the greens team to continue improving the putting surfaces for the membership. Almost every golf course throughout the world dose aeration work continuously throughout the season Two weeks of disruptive work normally at the start and end of the season, and light aeration continuously throughout the playing season which we have done this year with noticeable improvements.

There are various methods of aeration available for us to use, Morpeth golf club is like many other clubs and are working with a tight budget. The club owns a John Deere Air core machine, this will enable us to carry out all works free of charge. The greens currently have a thatch problem which we are looking to address, the methods of aeration we are going to use are a deep scarify then hollow core all greens. This will help us remove a percentage of the organic matter [Thatch] from within the greens and refill the open holes with top dressing [sand]. The layer of thatch is about 3inches thick currently causing problems for playability and the quality of the turf surface. The team are looking to remove cores to about 3.5 inches of depth, they will be then re filled with 60 ton of top dressing [sand]. The channels of sand will allow air and water into the surface enabling natural biology to help us reduce organic matter levels. The roots will become stronger growing deeper, helping us establish better greens for the future of the club. In time, the ongoing aeration will help Morpeth compete with the best clubs in the county. I think all will agree the future looks exciting at Morpeth Golf Club and with the support of the membership and the hard work from the greens team the course will definitely change for the better.

Below is two pictures of the back of one of our greens, the first one was taken in early March the second was taken 20th August. The pictures show how much the greens have improved after one season of aggressive aeration, we have removed a lot of Rye grass which was making the greens very inconsistent. In the coming years, we look to continue to improve and look to introduce some more desirable grasses such as bent grass. The introduction of these more desirable grasses will again help us increase the quality of the greens.

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The team have written up a schedule of works for the maintenance week, we would be grateful if members could take a look at the planned works. This may help avoid any disappointment to golfers who may be unaware of the disruption to the greens.

Staffing numbers

  • Monday/ 3 staff + volunteers
  • Tue/wed/thu 3 staff
  • Friday 4 staff

Friday 1st

  • liquid feed, iron and nitrogen

Monday 4th

  • John Scurfield, deep scarify the greens twice
  • Stuart Speirs, operating the air core/hollow core greens
  • Guy Anderson, assist volunteers section with removing cores from greens to the storage sites.

 

All 18 holes will be on temporary greens all day.

Tuesday 5th

  • Stuart Speirs, topdress greens
  • John Scurfield, over seed greens/sweep and fill greens
  • Guy Anderson, assist above operations

 

All 18 holes will be on temporary greens all day.

 Wednesday 6th

  • Stuart Speirs, topdress greens
  • John Scurfield, over seed greens/sweep and fill greens
  • Guy Anderson, roll greens/semi-rough

 

Random temporary greens in play whilst staff continue work on individual greens.

 Thursday 7th

  • Stuart Speirs, sweep and fill greens/ check top up levels
  • John Scurfield, roll greens/cut surrounds

 

Random temporary greens in play whilst staff continue work on individual greens.

 Friday 8th

 Weather permitting all works should be complete allowing recovery to begin and giving the team a chance to get the rest of the course back into order.

John Scurfield, cut tees and surrounds possibly some fairways.

Stuart Speirs, cut fairways.

Guy Anderson, cut semi-rough.

Gerry Cramer, general maintenance around the course.

 

All 18 greens back into play as work should be complete.

 Saturday 9th

All 18 main greens will be in play, areas of the course may not be maintained to their normal high standards as some areas may have been neglected through the time consuming maintenance work.

 

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Planned works.

Below is the planned works from the greens team showing the work carried out on Monday the 4th. The team of volunteers will be led by Keith Brown and Guy Anderson. This is what they will be doing.

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The below instructions are to be issued to Guy Anderson and Keith Brown the team leaders of the volunteers on Monday the 4th, these are to be followed as members are possibly unfamiliar with our storage sites around the course.

1st green/

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 1 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

 

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

2nd green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 2 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

 

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

3rd green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 4 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

4th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 4 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

5th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 3 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

6th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 5 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

7th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 6 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

IMG_5083Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

8th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 6 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

IMG_5084Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

9th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 5 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

10th green

  •  Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 7 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

11th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 6 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

IMG_5082Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

12th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 6 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

13th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 7 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

14th green 

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 8 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

15th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 6 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

16th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 8 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

17th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 8 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

18th green

  • Move all cores to the edge of the green using snow shovels
  • Load cores into the two John Deere gators
  • Take cores to site 1 via designated route
  • No machinery to enter the putting surface at any time

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Designated drivers ONLY/Guy Anderson, Ronnie Sanderson, Keith Brown.

 

Please can all members bare with us next week and we will do our very best, thanks for all the support from the members so far this season, the team really appreciate all your kind comments. Please feel free to send us your messages/comments as we would also love to hear from the members about their ideas for improving the course,

thanks the greens team.

 

 

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