The thunderstorm (s) at the beginning of the week delivered 38 mm of rain. They certainly freshened the greens, nudging the stimp down a bit to 9’ 4”, which is more than acceptable without any special efforts. The greens have been treated for Dry Patch and sprayed with growth regulator and a light feed. Watering has been resumed - the moisture content, which was around 35% earlier in the week, had dropped to 28% (19% on the high points).
Fairways and semi-rough have been cut just once this week. Gavin has noticed that the ‘fringing’ rough - the 4” band around some of the deep rough - is growing back rather sparser than uncut areas. He will try to leave it uncut for the rest of the summer to see just how dense it becomes. Elsewhere, the cut rough has been spot sprayed for clover.
Running up to the County event greens will be cut and rolled daily. Bunkers have been edged out and sand depths checked and adjusted for consistency. Hazard margins have been lined. Two pin positions per green have been marked (white and red dots): they will be changed Saturday morning. The staff will be in at 5 am in preparation.
18th June 2023