Now that temperatures are finally starting to pick up we will increase the regularity of our mowing regimes to keep on top of growth across both courses. With three greenstaff this is far from ideal although I have to admit we have been lucky in that respect as the cold and dry conditions has helped us keep the links in a manageable condition.
The red line on the graph below indicates what we would consider reasonably strong growing conditions. As you can see we have reached this peak only once in the first quarter of the year. This is due to a combination of low soil temperatures, the cold north wind and most importantly the huge moisture deficit. As a consequence of this cold and dry weather recovery from winter play can be slow (divots, pitchmarks etc).
As we move into a stronger growing period with (hopefully) some rain the links should start to take shape and we will start to see some definition. I like to take this opportunity to remind our STH that we are doing our absolute best to keep on top of everything in order to have the courses looking and playing at their best for your return. This will become increasingly more difficult the longer the lockdown continues, however so far so good.