It was only last week we celebrated a new addition to the Finlayson family, but a few days later we were reminded of the fickle and random nature of, well nature.

 

Our thoughts go the big man’s good lady who suffered two TIAs last Friday, fortunately swift action was taken and Carolyn was taken straight to Hospital. Hopefully four weeks rest and recuperation coupled with some blood thinning medication will see her back to full health.

 

TIA what is that again?

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or “mini stroke” is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain.

The disruption in blood supply results in a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can cause sudden symptoms similar to a stroke, such as speech and visual disturbance, and numbness or weakness in the face, arms and legs.

However, a TIA doesn’t last as long as a stroke. The effects often only last for a few minutes or hours and fully resolve within 24 hours.

Symptoms of a TIA

The main symptoms of a TIA can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

  • Face– the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
  • Arms– the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech– their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all, despite appearing to be awake.
  • Time– it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

 

Forget karma, fate or even kismet, don’t stand back saying oh my God or Insalah, call for help and get the Docs involved as quickly as you can.

 

However, the big wheel keeps on turning. While we consider the very essence of the daily grind, Springsteen puts it like this –

 

“And what once seemed black and white,

turns to so many shades of gray
We lose ourselves in work to do, work to do and bills to pay”.

 

The work never stops so this week saw continued cutting and shaping, the greens. They were hand cut Wednesday to 3.5mm and we are hoping to do a hand cut on Sunday morning for the real “Open” the KBGC wan, but the weather forecast is not great but if turns against us it will be cut and roll, or if it really turns wet the squeegees will be out!

We fed the greens on Monday with seaweed and wetting agent, so the greens will be a tad slower but look great!

Why add stuff I hear you ask? Well, seaweed is a great natural fertiliser and wetting agent helps water move through the surface layer, eh whit, run that by me again……ok here goes.

If you’ve witnessed how water balls up on the waxy surface of a freshly polished car bonnet (I see that when I’m doing the Captains car), that’s what’s happening with water that sits on a hydrophobic surface (dry, tight, rolled grass) in larger droplets and it cannot penetrate into the soil. When you break the surface tension of the droplets with the wetting agent they spread far more thinly and the water can work its way into the soil profile. So basically, wetting agent allows water to get to the roots. Go on google it I dare you.

 

The new layout has been greeted with general approval although we must admit we now see the point our Scottish Senior Ladies Champion Alex G was making when she said it would make the course a bit lopsided, however all we can say from the sheds is the long term plan (phase two) is to shorten out the loop (8,9 and 10), so we will even things up then.

Although Carnoustie is similar and it’s no’ a bad wee track.

 

Another thing that was mentioned was that the new hole is “out of context” with the other holes on the “new nine” but if you think about it that was the point, and phase two will match the new holes in context and feel, if that makes any sense at all. It also seems a long way to the turn now, more in our heads we think, but don’t give up there’s time to make up plenty strokes up on the back nine.

Good news is the new areas are bearing up well so far, all going well we can play the new layout right up until the switch to the winter course. However, it will be interesting to see how it copes with the heavy rain forecast.

Look out for some coverage in the next issue of bunkered. With a posse of buxom folk pictured at the new hole, pity their all dudes, but judge we will not. (Much anyway). The other, much less talented, Glennie has been busy trying to get some profile, so well done fella.

 

One of the shedders has been appointed to the committee of the regional BIGGA (British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association).

It’s vital for the club to keep abreast of all the innovations and learnings that go on at all golf clubs so hopefully Rob can not only share what we have learnt building the new holes but bring back ideas from other clubs.

 

Our RCS (Rabbit Control Specialist) reports record numbers of, as Bill Murray called them in Caddyshack “vermincong”, on the course and you will all have noticed the damage they cause. In fact, the wee buggers are getting so cocky in more ways than one (see below) that no sooner had we raked the bunkers on the 11th than they were back in there heading for Australia.

We suppose that rabbits like the nice weather and do even more of what rabbits do, however we have doubled the nights he spends on the course resulting in double the amount of eradicated rabbits.

Please don’t get the impression that we are a bunch of natural born killers, or like our trans-Atlantic cousins mad for the right to bear arms, we do love nature. I’m sure some of you will have seen the pictures of the deer fawn born on the course and we now seem to have two families of cervidea sharing the course with us, but they don’t dig holes so won’t be appearing as venison burgers at the upcoming BBQ.

There’s something life enforcing about watch a family of dear effortlessly and majestically spring across the fairways at 6 in the morning.

 

Enjoy your golf,

 

The Greens Team.