Above is a picture of the greens iron we had on demo from Toro. We were lucky enough to get this over the club championship weekend and for a few days either side ;-)
Greens irons are now a modern 'must have' machine for all greenkeepers. The iron simply vibrates across the green making it smoother and normally slightly faster (remember speed isn't everything...smoothness is).
The downside is this can aid compaction but as long as you carry out the correct cultural practices (aeration) following lots of use this stress is very little. So planning its use and not over using it is the key to its success!
Research has shown that rolling three times a week increases smoothness and speed without having to lower the heights of cut on the greens. Meaning the plant is less stressed.
The Americans are also adamant that the use of greens irons decrease disease out breaks on the greens and also means they don't need to be cut every day during the summer with no effect to the performance for the player (and yes we cut everyday in the summer, sometimes two/ three times a day).
Other detail working including divotting (both tees and worn areas on Aprons)
Pin positions were set and moved daily. We used our new pin chart app too along with new flags, pins and hole cups.
The ropes around the new ditch at the 17th were removed (GUR is still in place at the moment but the area needs to walked on)
Greens performance data was collected daily (blogs on this to come) but also once set up in the mornings the guys wanted to test the greens themselves!
Another task undertaken daily and was throughout the Championship weekend was the course set up (a blog on this too).
More to come soon