Sunday, 17 November 2013

Pitch mark repair

Although pitch marks on the greens are not a major problem at Aldeburgh due to the firm nature of the putting surfaces it's still worthwhile learning how to repair them properly.   Click the link below for an excellent video on pitch mark repair created by the STRI.

USA trip

Last week I was privileged to attend the rather grandly titled John Deere Golf Global Leadership Summit in Florida.  Course Managers and Superintendents from high end golf clubs on both sides of the Atlantic were invited to discuss a variety of topics including
  • Measuring greens quality
  • Major golf event management
  • The challenges of operating a prestigious golf facility
  • Equipment trends and technical needs
  • Golf course construction and renovation 
About twenty course managers from Europe and a similar number from north America attended and many big name clubs were represented.  Spending a few days in the company of Course Managers from clubs including Augusta, TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah, Atlanta Athletic Club, Royal Aberdeen, St Enedoc, Queenwood and Royal Blackheath was a marvellous experience.

The event also included the John Deere Ryder cup where teams of sixteen greenkeepers from Europe and north America competed.  Europe lost 3.5 to 4.5 but it was a fantastic occasion played in a great spirit.  We played golf on three courses, Plantation Bay near Daytona, the stadium course at TPC Sawgrass and the Valley course at TPC Sawgrass over which the Ryder cup match was played.

Warming up for the big match on the amazing practice facilities

 Assessing the effects of various operations such as mowing, grooming and rolling on greens quality                        Measured with the STRI trueness meter

The 11th on the stadium course

The iconic 17th

The 18th on the stadium course
One of the jobs of the greenkeeping team is dealing with the alligators when they get too large
I learned how to catch one but I'm hoping never to have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice!

Monday, 4 November 2013

October weather summary

The average figures for the last 30 years show October as the wettest month and this year we had 63mm, by far the wettest of the year so far.  It was the first month this year with higher than average rainfall but well short of our October record of 130mm in 2000.  The total for the year is still only 299mm.  It was also warmer than average at 13 degrees compared with the long term average of 11.9.  October was only slightly cooler than June this year which averaged 13.6.  We recorded a high of 20.9 degrees on the 8th and a low of 4.1 on the 30th.