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Green Watch – Autumn Renovations

Daylight hours are reducing rapidly, temperatures have plummeted and there has already been slight frosts reported in the North East. 

For many golf courses it is time to start autumn renovation to prepare their various playing surfaces for the winter ahead. At Rockliffe Hall we have already hollow cored our greens using micro tines to the depth of the thatch layer, this was followed up with a verti-cut to open the surface and make a seed bed for an overseed application. By doing this it helps to thicken up the sward going through the winter months, meaning we have no need for winter greens to sustain growth. This is covered with top dressing to fill any holes and cover the seed, thus helping germination. With this operation completed we raised the mowing height to reduce stress within the plant aiding recovery.
We then moved onto doing the same process to the tees and approaches and all of this was completed within a week. Approximately 45 tonnes of sand was used on the greens and approximately 55 on the tees and approaches.
These operations are always set within the calendar year and planned around golf to maximise recovery whilst causing minimal disturbance to the golfer. With a constant maintenance plan we are able to dictate what we needed to do to the playing surface, or how intensive we needed to be to gain the best standards possible.

To find out more about golf and greenkeeping at Rockliffe Hall, please call 01325 729980 or email