Greens update from Bill Haining (Greens Convener)


Update for w/c 12th April


Work planned:

  • General tidying ongoing
  • More top dressing on the 12th green
  • Drains still needing more attention.
  • Cutting back some of the rough
  • Re-turfing and guarding area to the left side of the 12th green
  • Checking distance tee markers for accuracy
  • Cutting fairways closer to the edge of the burn (far side from tee)


Update for w/c 5th April


Work planned:

  • General tidying ongoing
  • Bunkers on 2nd to be altered though it may be too dry for freshly laid turf
  • Spraying wetting agent on greens
  • Un-choke the drains at the 10th and 2nd holes
  • Advance notice that Sunday start may be delayed if forecast frost arrives


Update for w/c 29th March

  • Fertiliser work has been carried out.
  • Work in progress re fairway cutting and dead leaf removal
  • Out of bounds and other markers are now in place for start of the season.


Work planned:

  • There is still very little growth of grass on teeing areas – so mats will remain for another month. Bill S to evaluate if mats can be removed earlier.
  • Work to be done on re-modelling the bunker at the 2nd
  • Bill has had to spend time stripping down mowing machinery and then putting it all back together after sharpening
  • Work to be done on re-turfing the side of the 3rd green
  • Preferred lies through the greens till the end of April.
  • The 14th green will be re-opened for start of the season.
  • In accordance with our C19 risk assessment there will be no rakes in the bunkers till we hear differently.


Update for w/c 22nd March

  • Should there be frost on the course in the early morning, the head greenkeeper will put up the course closed sign outside the pro shop. Once the ground has thawed sufficiently to allow play without damage greenkeeping staff will phone the pro shop to remove the course closed sign.
  • Work continues on the bunkers (3 holes) and the newly turfed areas around the 14th/ 5th and 15th/ 6th bunkers will be marked as G.U.R. till settled in.
  • Further drains work will be done at the 10th/1st bunkers and green.
  • Still waiting for appropriate equipment to cut back the leylandii on the approach to the 1st/10th tee.


Work planned:

  • Fertiliser to be sprayed where required.
  • Cutting of fairways
  • Dead leaves to be removed from various areas around the course.
  • Out of bounds posts, tee markers, water hazard markers and 150 yd markers to be laid out in the next week.
  • General tidying work
  • Aberdeenshire council have taken down the unsightly netting alongside the path leading to the 1st/10th tee, though the tall poles remain.

Update for w/c 15th March

  • All greens had their first cut w/c 8th March
  • Greens staff to put up course status signs asap after 7.30am inspection. NB From w/c 15th it is very unlikely the 2nd nine holes will need to be closed.


Work planned:

  • Top dressing on all greens
  • Continuing preparation of bunkers for March 27th
  • Greens to be rolled if the roller is available to us.
  • Cut back the leylandii hedge on the approach to the first tee – again if the right equipment can be either bought or hired.
  • There is a problem around the whole green area with drainage. This has always been a slow drain and has not been helped by someone putting their grass cuttings close or over the exit (which is taking the excess water out to the road).

Representations have been made to Aberdeenshire council asking them to tidy up the fence area on the approach to the first tee (flapping netting and sagging areas along the path).


Bill Haining

 Greens convener

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