Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Now we are into the summer season the growth rates in the rough areas on the courses has increased significantly due to the warm and damper conditions.
Currently the new articulator rough mower has been out sometimes on a weekly basis to maintain the these areas so the rough does not become too long and thick as this causes problems locating golf balls.
The Amazone flail mower has been out on two occasions cutting the right hand side of the 9th and both sides of the 13th and in between the 1st and 18th on the medal course these are the areas where the the growth is more prominent also two or three bouts have been done round each fairway on the Broomfield course to keep this course user friendly.
For environmental reasons vast areas of rough on the links are left unmanaged. This helps to ensure that the marram grass, sea lyme and other wild flowers which are natural to the links environment continue to flourish, while at the same time leaving the ground nesting birds undisturbed.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Not seen in as good numbers as in previous years although a few
clumps can still be seen around the courses like these close to the
13th Medal tee.
Wild Blue Geranium
A few clumps of this geranium can be seen near the back
maintenance track behind the 4th medal hole.
The seeds of the poppy can remain
dormant in the soil for many years and often germinate
when the soil is disturbed. These were seen close
to the greenkeepers sheds.
A few of these bushes can be seen around
the courses. The one above is growing to
the right of the 4th Medal fairway.
Can be seen in good numbers on the Broomfield course,
especially around the 6th and7th holes where the use gorse
bushes for support.
Photograph taken at the wash bay reed
bed, where they are now in full flower.