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Fungicides we have now are not as effective as the old


Summer 2018


contacts. We use a lot more turf hardener to try and help keep the plant healthier and stronger


was reduced to nine holes over the war period and then, in the late sixties, the land was freed up again. By that point, there was an infrastructure of buildings and roads.” “In the seventies, the club bought additional land and brought in Hawtree and Co. to redesign the golf course. Out of the original layout, we have six original greens, plus the Hawtree greens, whilst the 15th green was rebuilt in early 2000 as it was having quite a lot of issues; so they built it to


USGA spec! So, we have three distinct types of greens to manage, and drainage has been the big issue on the older ones.” Steven explains their maintenance. “We cut at 6mm in the winter and down to around 3.5 to 3mm at other times dependent on what we have going on in the growing months of the year. The seven McKenzie greens are on quite severe slopes, so we have to watch our speeds in summer; we can get to a point where they are


unplayable, and you can’t keep a ball on. We will roll three or four times a week through the summer with the Smithco turf iron so, along with cutting, we get to eleven on the stimpmeter quite comfortably. I will tend to go heavy on maintenance in early spring and again through the autumn period. I don’t do a lot through the summer period. I play golf myself and so I’m aware of the frustration of pitching up on a lovely summer’s day, walking up to the green and realising


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