Having been rather desperate for rain after only 5 days of it I am already sick of it!! We are closing in to 30mm of rain in this period and it caused us to abandon the Derbyshire Alliance on Wednesday due to flooding greens.
The course is slowly coming through the cold spring start and growing but with the change in temperature and moisture we have suffered with an outbreak of disease. This outbreak also shows us the greens that lack the morning sunshine and struggle with air flow due to the trees.
Greens have been top dressed recently, another 15 tonnes applied. We used the rotary brush attachments and put the machine into backlap mode so the brushes were turning backwards. This meant that the topdressing stayed on the greens and was worked into the sward better.
The above damage was done on Wednesday 3rd May in the exact same location as the large oak which was destroyed last year. The perpetrators also had a fire which I put out but has been relit since.
Then on Friday 6th May someone came onto the course and broke branches on trees on the 3rd and 4th. They put one branch on the 4th fairway and another in a bunker on the 3rd. The rakes were also broken on these holes. The police have been informed but without names or video evidence they cannot do anything.