Folks 

 

Sand – A granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral-particles. It is defined by size, being finer than gravel and coarser than silt. Sand can also refer to a textural class of soil or soil type; i.e., a soil containing more than 85 percent sand-sized particles by mass.

 

Sand – is calcium carbonate, for example aragonite, which has mostly been created over the past half billion years by various forms of life like coral and shellfish. For example, it is the primary form of sand apparent in areas where reefs have dominated the ecosystem for millions of years like Barassie.

 

Sand – yes sorry (but we’re no’ really) we’ve been laying it on thicker than a drag artist’s make up recently. We know it’s not ideal for putting but we desperately want to have the greens running as fast and firm as we can – as we said last week “no pain no gain”. If you haven’t already stopped reading out of anger at sandy Greens (or maybe just because the blogs rubbish anyway) please find a bit more by way of explanation.

 

Sand – it’s everywhere and gets everywhere – anyone that’s had the kids at the beach knows it ends up on yer cone, in the car, the hall carpet, it’s around the plug hole after bath time, it even gets in the bed, and at Brassiere we have loads of it, which is just as well as the current agronomic orthodoxy is to get as much of it as you can on all playing surfaces, as frequently as playing conditions allow – the cut and paste below is from the latest agronomist report.

 

“Recommendations Greens

  • Applying regular but light applications of sand to the greens is essential between now and the start of next season. The aim should be to apply at least 120-130 tonnes per hectare of sand. Make regular light applications of sand initially at 10 t/ha but this can vary depending upon growth, golf pressure and the weather. This means it may be possible to apply heavier dressings up to 12-15 t/ha or lighter dressings down to 5-6 t/ha depending upon the situation. If the greens require mowing in the winter, avoid the mowing operation and top dress instead as there is some growth to top dress into. Try and avoid brushing or matting the sand in and use rainfall to wash the sand into the sward.”

Fairways

“The plan should be to apply three applications at 30 tonnes per hectare so in total supplying 90 tonnes

per hectare. Imported sand is not required for this job as the Club has such an excellent sand resource on site. Therefore, the programme of gorse, tree and scrub removal should go hand in hand with the harvesting of indigenous sand for fairway top dressing. This is the very same process underway at Glasgow Gailes”.

 

What does that mean? “Harvesting of indigenous sand”

Well it requires us to clear the hidden areas of the course e.g. the “gorse triangle” lost from mind and memory that’s bordering the Links 2nd, 3rd and 13th and mine the sand and spread it “all over” (older Henry Copper cultural reference there) or, for youngsters, the more modern slap it on like hair gel (whatever that is). You get the picture – plenty and often.

 

So, expect to see some of the boys prospecting with a digger in there soon. And to be cleaning sand off your shoes regularly.

 

Oh, and don’t think the Hillhouse is not going to get the same treatment, it is and starts next week.

 

Troops have returfed 1 to 2 walkway so hopefully that will come back full and thick just like Boydies’ hair. Another body part actually came to mind but it’s a family show so let’s just leave it at Chris’s ex-baldy bits.

 

Bunker work has started well with the 4th and the 7/8th – it really gets confusing so let’s just call it the second par five – greensides done, and looking good we have to say. The plan is to work out from the turf source but there are a lot needing done so it will be a bit like “the Spanish Inquisition” – you never know where they will strike next. (Another 70s ref – man I’m getting auld).

Again we apologise (we do, we really do) if your forced to play to a temp green but you need to know that if we get hit by a ball your no’ gettin it back (it’s mines to use the Ayrshire vernacular) and we’ll be doing that great British traditional dance “the compo jig” while pretending to be seriously hurt, so your understandings are appreciated greatly.

 

Back to the agronomist report. Some very encouraging and in some places challenging comments but looking at our course plans that we have been compiling, both maintenance and improvements, we look to be on the right track, with the given qualification that always comes when we are challenged with going to the next level  – “Mair”

(Ayrshire vernacular again).

Mair money

Mair men

Mair equipment

Mair sand

Mair fertiliser

Mair wetting agent

Mair trees oot’

Mair gorse oot’

Mair moaning and greetin’ for sure and

Mair, well onything’ except blows.

 

Lastly we don’t just work on golf courses we can actually play on them too. Robert Tosh even had the skill to go and win the Scottish BIGGA (Greenies Association) event at Western Gailes. Well done that man. We hear he has been polishing it every day since (the trophy we mean, not his member….

….s badge).

 

Enjoy your golf

 

The Greens team.