You will be aware that last year we suffered, like many local golf courses from an attack of Leather Jackets (crane fly larvae) in both the fairways and greens which caused us severe damage in many areas. We are pleased to report that whilst we do not claim to have eradicated these, we have got them well under control this year due to the preventative measures we have taken.
Worms are the latest bane of our lives, yes worms! Four years ago the ‘chemical’ we used to control the worms was banned for use and the population is now getting out of hand due to prolonged breeding. (BTW, there are no chemicals permitted for use on golf courses nowadays. None!) Worms secrete fine mud particles when they caste and it makes the ground far softer, additionally stodgy and it prevents these areas from draining efficiently. However, the good news is that we have discovered an Organic Phosphate which does help to control the population. We have already applied this to the entire golf course, however it’s a long term solution which will require consistent application before we can really see the results taking effect.
The greenkeeping team, together with a few volunteers have worked tirelessly to get the course prepared for the return of golfers and once we get further into the Season we will really see the benefits of all this hard work. Thanks guys.