Job Vacancies

Written by Rik Shaw on . Posted in General News

Vacancies at Falmouth Golf Club –  We are currently looking to recruit:

 

Chef/Kitchen assistant capable of cooking to a good standard unsupervised.

Experience essential and references must be provided.

 

The position offers variable hours including some evening and weekend shifts in our busy restaurant.

 

Please contact Doug Johns our Head Chef on 01326 314296

 

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Bar Person required for serving at the bar and waiting tables in our busy restaurant

 

The position offers variable hours including evening and weekend shifts.

 

Please contact Richard Harris our Bar Manager on 01326 314296

Maintenance Week March 2017

Written by Simon Johnson on . Posted in Greenkeeper Notes

Good morning all,

just a quick update on how maintenance week is proceeding and a brief description of what we are doing and why.

All started well apart from the weather on Monday morning, we have to date had 33mm (nearly 1”1/2) of rain this week.

I started with the Pro Core 648 aerator and hollow tined the 14 old greens.

Hollow tining is the physical removal of cores of turf from a playing surface. The cores are being removed with a 12mm tine and at 75mm depth. The spacings are at 38mm. This depth is deep enough to remove the thatch.

 

 

Why is it done?

Course traffic causes the ground to become compacted and hardened. This means drainage is less efficient and the grass’s roots are prevented from absorbing oxygen. Hollow tining allows the compacted turf to expand and air and moisture to be more easily absorbed.

The coring helps address the problem of thatch. (Thatch is a layer of grass stems, roots, and debris that settle and accumulate over time.) A thin layer is acceptable but too much thatch will hold water like a sponge

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Tining also removes accumulated fibre in the grass’s root zone. It allows for the exchange of a poor soil for a better one through top dressing. That’s why the greens will be covered in a sand top dressing when the weather permits.

After taking the cores out of the green we follow up with our Core Collector. This is where things have gone slightly wrong. We managed to do 5 greens but at 4pm on Monday we were out on the 15th green and the machine decided not to move! I rang the mechanic who arrived on Tuesday morning after we had towed the machine in to see what the problem was. It turns out that a keyway on the shaft from the engine had broke which in turn had bent the shaft on the engine. He worked on the machine all day Tuesday and as I write this (Wednesday 5.30am) we are hoping that he can get us back on the road (greens) this morning.

I have started to solid tine the 4 new greens and this will be finished this morning. The reason to change from hollow to solid tines is that the new greens which are 80/20 sand/soil greens have not accumulated a lot of thatch. This was confirmed to us in our recent soil sample results.  Therefore they only need aeration and not soil exchange. It would mean that we were just replacing sand with sand if we hollow tined them.

The topdressing with sand is the next process but at present I cannot see us being able to do this unless it dramatically dries up. The topdresser carries 1.5 tons at a time and to spend all week relieving the compaction from the greens it would not be sensible to drive across them and compact them again so this process may happen next week.

As we have only used small diameter hollow tines we will not require as much sand as usual. The process will be used as a surface leveller as well as filling the holes. PLEASE REPAIR PITCHMARKS as this is the time where the greens are levelled for the season, not a chance for people to not repair them as there are already holes in them.

We will probably do several light dressings as opposed to a heavy dressing that we usually do. These dressings will then be brushed into the sward, another process that needs to be performed when it is dry.

On completion of the top dressing, an application of fertiliser will be applied to aid recovery and strengthen the turf after the processes that have just been done to it.

Regards

Simon Johnson

Presidents Charity Update

Written by Simon Foxhall on . Posted in Fundraising for Charities, General News

Presidents Charity for 2017/18

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK today affecting around 1 in 19 women and 1 in 14 men. According to cancer research UK there are now more than 41,900 new cases of bowel cancer being diagnosed each year. If diagnosed at an early stage bowel cancer can be treated successfully in over 90% of cases. In spite of this bowel cancer remains the UK`s second biggest cancer killer claiming a life every half an hour.

Beating Bowel Cancer is the support, and campaigning, charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

  • It provides practical and emotional support for the growing number of people affected by bowel cancer
  • It brings people with bowel cancer together to share experiences and create a powerful voice for change
  • It promotes early diagnosis.
  • It campaigns for the highest quality treatment and care for bowel cancer patients.
  • It raises money to fund this vital work

Its vision is : A world where bowel cancer is beaten

Its mission is : Beating bowel cancer together

I have personal experience of this charity, and have benefited from its services, so I’m extremely proud to support it through my term of office.

Further details can be found here: https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org

Chris Beer (President)