6th and 7th Holes Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel
Greenkeeper Ian's September Update

Keeping in touch with the course

We are still cutting the greens at 3.5mm and rolling three days a week, this is giving us a very smooth surface and a fast pace, while the present conditions last we will continue to do so until the weather begins to cool and the nights draw in, there is still plenty of positive feedback from members and guests.

The rabbit population has declined

The rabbit population has declined over the past few weeks as myxomatosis (that is the way you spell it) takes its autumn toll. The piercing cry of the sparrow hawk and her young, who have been flying over the pond at the 7th where she has been teaching them to catch dragon flies on the wing and the lowing of the cattle on the marshes early in the morning still gives the golf course and the area that surrounds it, that sense of calm that is Thorpeness.

Our work ahead

Tara and I make our way down to the greenkeeping complex in the dark every morning to open up and prepare the mowers for the work ahead. Peter arrives a few minutes later and we leave together to start mowing the greens, raking the bunkers and moving the tee markers in preparation for the day’s play.

After three greens I stop the mower to empty the grass boxes and catch the first call of a blackbird announcing the start of the dawn chorus.

Once the PGA knockout match has finished mid October, we will begin to verti-drain the course allowing the rain to penetrate through the soil profile and keep our greens and tees dry for the winter months.

We will be regularly rolling the greens over the winter to maintain levels and greenspeeds. Christine has procured some new clothing in the Proshop and it is well worth a visit, if your golf is requiring some help pop in and book a lesson, she will put you right.

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