Thursday, 20 April 2017

April 2017 Spring Maintenance

25/4/17. High winds and hail storms took its toll  on the Birch tree at the corner of the 2nd hole on Hawkshill . Due to excessive ball damage on the tree it caused a weak point within a limb which resulted in the break .
25/4/17. Hail and some snow fell on the course ,but greens still stayed clear due to wetting agent being applied .

20/4/17. New blower out clearing scarifying debris off the tees. Now all ready for a cut to tidy up the look of the tees . Fertiliser will be applied soon to get the colour back and some much needed growth.

20/4/17. Scarifying tees to take out moss , debris and dead grass .

Friday, 31 March 2017

April 2017

1/4/17. Please Repair Pitch marks and rake bunkers , repairing pitch marks will help to keep a smoother putting surface and help damaged grass to recover quicker. Raking bunkers after use by pushing sand back over tracks as you come out of the bunker (don't rake the sand with you ) , this helps keep the sand from building up at edges . Keeping bunkers raked will help the next player if they land in the bunker (nothing worse than landing in unraked tracks) .  
This is a video showing the correct way to rake a bunker , please can you use this technique when out on the courses please. Thank you , this helps other members and the Greenstaff  ;-) . If you stay on the link you will move onto other key videos regarding a golf course , like repairing your pitch marks .
3/4/17. A big thank you to all the volunteers who done a fantastic job over the weekend by cleaning around clubhouse, shoe cleaner ,buggies and bins , picking up balls on the range and spot raking bunkers on swailend for medal . They deserve a mention , so thank you to Manson Merchant, Mike Macleod , Paul Henderson and Andrew Chan .

3/4/17. Steps at the 12th hole on  Swailend needed some attention.

3/4/17. So now they have  been sorted .

8/4/17. Both sets of steps have been sorted at the 12th tees on Swailend and new anti slip grip cladding been put on . 

8/4/17. Swailend 4th tees getting a good water .
A big thank you to the two volunteers over the last 2 weekends . Graham Gordon for cleaning around the clubhouse on Sunday the 9th and Mike Macleod for picking up balls on the range on Sunday 16th .

Friday, 24 March 2017

Winter work March

22/3/17. Turf getting laid down on the 12th tee on Hawkshill.

24/3/17. Turf getting laid on the 4th tee on Swailend .

22/3/17. Hawkshill 12th tee. Bankings getting turfed .
27/3/17. Hawkshill 12th tee looking good ,

29/3/17 . First Medal hole change of the year. Greens are looking good . Topdressing of greens will commence next week from Monday the 3rd of April, which will help smooth out the surfaces .
29/3/17. Tee board signage getting re-cemented in at 9th tees Hawkshill.. Also the four tees at the 9th have been all topdressed.


30/3/17. Course looking good when grass starts to get a decent cut .

30/3/17. Drainage lateral extended at the 8th hole on Swailend .

Friday, 17 March 2017

March winter work

17/3/17. Blocked drain between the 1st green and pond on Hawkshill. Problem was identified by the two bunkers at green  being full of water  . Pipe that goes into pond was checked with drain rods to discover a blockage . so immediate action was taken to fix it.

17/3/17, Water bubbling out from drainage stones.

17/3/17. Water was coming into the hole so quick we had to pump water out to inspect fault . The pipe was blocked and blockage cleared. We now just need to fix pipe connection and fill the hole up and re turf .
20/3/17. Drain at 18th on Swailend  in rough had to get sorted as a stone drain collapsed . New lateral was also put in to catch water along tree edge.

20/3/17 . New terra spike machine out giving Swailend greens a decent aerate to relieve compaction in the rootzone .


Friday, 10 March 2017

March work.

15/3/17. Tee at the 4th on Swailend  getting screened (levelling).

15/3/17. Bankings at the 4th tee on Swailend also getting landscaped .
15/3/17. 12th tee on Hawkshill getting screened . Turf for the top of the tee will arrive on Tuesday , and will be laid down  on the Wednesday .
15/3/17.Drainage work on the 12th hole on Hawkshill getting started .

15/3/17.12th Hole Hawkshill . Lateral from edge of fairway into side drain that runs up length of the hole in the rough .

16/3/17. Hawkshill 12th . Root break areas , turf removed as all thatched up . These areas of thatched grass act like a sponge and hold water so they never dry out and are always podgy .

12th hole rough on Hawkshill. Root break areas removed ,drain put in . These areas will be soiled up and re turfed.
16/3/17. Bunker at 10th Swailend finished , sand in play with the turf being Gur.


Please note that Fairway mats on the Hawkshill course  will no longer be required from Saturday the 25th of March.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Flooding on swailend

5/3/17. After heavy persistent rain on the Saturday the pond at the 8th spilled over and water gathered on the 9th hole .

5/3/17. As you can see from picture there was no way through.

5/3/17. Even in front of 11th tee there was no way through .

5/3/17. On a more positive note the drainage work on the 11th hole has worked extremely well .

5/3/17 . This area would normally be under water as well.

5/3/17. This is the area in front of the greenside bunkers at the 3rd hole.
8/3/17. Bunker at the 10th hole on Swailend . The face has now been finished , and now surrounds are  in the process of getting turfed.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Winter works March 2017

1/3/17. Bunker around corner of dogleg at 2nd (Hawkshill) getting started. Foundation getting dug out ready for revetted face to be built.

1/3/17. Bunker at 2nd Hawkshill now completed .
1/3/17. This is the view looking back to tee from the now first bunker on corner of 2nd  as you can see the original first bunker has gone.
1/3/17. Staff now starting the second bunker, which is  round the corner of dogleg at the 2nd hole .
27/2/17. Bunker at dogleg , revetted face getting built.
28/2/17. Turfing around the bunker.
2/3/17. 4th tee on Swailend getting levelled with digger . Bankings getting shaped and smoothed off as well.


2/3/17. Bunker at dogleg at the 2nd . Face getting started.
2/3/17. Face half done.
2/3/17. Face now finished . Just bankings around it to be landscaped . 

2/3/17. Swailend 4th tee now making progress.

2/3/17. Digger in from PTM plant hire to get levels set.
3/3/17. 4th tee (Swailend)  bankings getting shaped up .

2/3/17. As you can see top of tee and bankings coming together nicely .