During the year the Greenkeepers have to carry out ‘Course Maintenance’, which usually means punching holes in the Greens and covering them with sand. Whilst this affects play for the days after, it is essential that this work is carried out to provide good putting surfaces. Over time, the Greens become compacted and dead organic matter builds up under the surface of the Green. Punching holes, usually 12 inches deep into the Greens, inches apart, relieves the compaction and allows air beneath the surface. The holes are then filled with sand to provide thousands of drainage channels that allow water to seep through the Green to the gravel bed below.
Over the last 18 months, the amount of verti draining and sand has been increased dramatically leading to the superb Greens enjoyed this year.