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The Island Golf Club – Course Blog January 2019

Contributed By: Dave Edmondson BSc (Hons), Head Greenkeeper The months of December and January have remained relatively mild from a weather standpoint. Throughout this period, we have had only four frost events with daylong course closures being apparent on only 2 days. The Christmas week was challenging from a turfgrass […]

Craddockstown Golf Club – Course Blog January 2019

Contributed By: Tom Carew, Course Superintendent While December and January are classed as winter months, air and soil temperatures felt more like good spring weather. With air temperatures of 14 degrees and soil temperatures of 10 degrees, the grass on all areas of the golf course was certainly growing in December […]

Birr Golf Club – Course Blog January 2019

Contributed By: Eoghan Buckley, Head Greenkeeper At the start of December, I wasn’t as optimistic about the condition of greens going through the rest of the winter as I am now. The reason for this was that despite plant protection measures been in place a lot of our greens had been […]

Craddockstown Golf Club – Course Blog November 2018

Contributed By: Tom Carew, Course Superintendent Autumn time in Craddockstown  Golf Club was certainly a very busy. Thankfully the weather was ideal.  Soil temperatures were up which meant some growth and recovery on weak areas after the drought of last summer.  We got very little frost, which was a great plus […]

Birr Golf Club – Course Blog November 2018

Contributed By: Eoghan Buckley, Head Greenkeeper A lot of the early part of October was spent keeping on top of mowing as temperatures remained in the mid-teens with very little frost. In between mowing days, we were busy cleaning up after Alec Spain tree Care, who came in and did two […]

The Island Golf Club – Course Blog November 2018

Contributed By: Dave Edmondson BSc (Hons), Head Greenkeeper The weather has been extremely different through the month of November with significant rainfall falling on the links. As it stands, we have received 134 mm of precipitation this month alone. This equates to more than the total rainfall for the months […]

The Island Golf Club – Course Blog September 2018

Contributed By: Dave Edmondson BSc (Hons), Head Greenkeeper As part of our agronomic program and in conjunction with the STRI program, a species conversion program was adapted by the club in 2008. Over this period, a switch from mainly poa annua/ bentgrass to fescue/bentgrass has been achieved in many areas. […]

Birr Golf Club – Course Blog September 2018

Contributed By: Eoghan Buckley, Head Greenkeeper I’m sure I will speak for a lot of greenkeepers out there when I say that the summer of 2018 was one of the toughest for managing turf. When it comes to the weather we are never happy but enduring the longest drought in over […]

Drought Management Case Study Now Available

Many thanks to David Behan of Naas Golf Club who has provided the latest GCSAI case study on the issues facing clubs following the prolonged drought period experienced this summer. This put tees and fairways under severe stress which if not managed correctly could cause severe damage resulting in loss […]