Pretty much a routine week, which featured the Pro-Am on Tuesday.  ‘Major’ events are quite demanding on the greens staff, both in readying the course  for play to show it off to maximum advantage and the significant limitations imposed on what can be done during the event.

We had just over 20 mm of rain late on Thursday and another 5 mm over the weekend.  The drain issue that was causing the 4th bunker to flood recurred - Gavin had to pump it out.  During the winter he plans to intercept the drain near the course boundary and link it into other course outlets.  The greens speed was 8’ 8’, quite creditable on damp surfaces.

Other routine work included treating the tees with wetting agent, sarel rolling (fine slits for aeration) the greens, plus cutting and rolling.

The potential candidate for the greenkeeper vacancy failed to show for an arranged interview and then messaged to say he’d accepted another offer.  The market is difficult - few if any candidates, with some of the wealthier clubs paying higher wages.  We may have to consider our own rates.  We’ve been approached by a possible young apprentice who lives locally.  There is a lot to consider, such as what work they can actually do and their permitted hours, plus the supervisory demands, but Gavin will see the lad before thinking any more deeply.

Alan Wood

13 September 2021


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