Agronomy Report Sept 2014

By BR - September 30 2014
Agronomy Report Sept 2014
Agronomy The latest Agronomy report for Arcot Hall (published Sept 2014) is available with lots of good things to say about the course >>>>>

Agronomy Report - September 2014

 

The latest agronomy report for Arcot Hall Golf Course is now available. The full report in .PDF format (Adobe acrobat reader required) can be viewed here >>. (Note:if using mobile device or ipad and having problems viewing report from above link then use alternative viewing option by clicking here >> ).

 

Highlights from the report include :-

 

 

  • The recovery following Graden work has been fantastic with the surfaces quickly restoring sward density and playing qualities only three weeks following the operation.
  • Playing qualities have been quickly restored following Graden work with ball roll performance generally being excellent. A light top dressing application was recommended to help further smooth-out the surfaces; particularly when putting across Graden lines.
  • The Revolution wetting agent programme is working fantastically well and is achieving excellent moisture distribution within the greens. This should certainly continue in the programme next year.
  • The greens were in superb condition at the time of this visit and the recovery from recent Graden works has been extremely impressive. Graden sand injection was carried out three weeks prior to the visit to a depth of 25mm and applying a total of 21 tonnes of sand to the surfaces. This was challenging at the time due to damp weather conditions, however recovery following has been superb - particularly with excellent germination of bentgrasses. The surfaces were strong going into the renovations and this certainly aided good recovery following.
  • The fairways were in fine shape with accurate mowing producing good definition and aesthetics across the course. The contrast between the fairways, semi-rough and longer ecological rough was superb and greatly helping to visually frame each hole.
  • Definition and presentation of the tees was very good and consistent across the course. Sward density was generally strong, however did weaken on some of the more shaded tees such as the 10th where a lack of sunlight was negatively impacting the sward.
  • Some important improvements have been made to the bunkering across the course over recent years and this has clearly added to the visual aesthetics and strategy of the course.