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Nikanti Golf Club Annual Course Renovations 2017

From the first week of April we began our course renovation practices which would include re-landscaping some large focus areas. We were lucky enough to have the course closed for 10 days as there were also some maintenance scheduled on the clubhouse.

This was a big opportunity to go a little more aggressively in some areas (predominately the fairways and approaches) than we have done in the past and will allow us to achieve the surface performance standards that we have been targeting.

It was also great to have Nigel Taylor stop by on the first day to see how we were doing and to take some great footage of the process.

Thanks for that Nigel! If you haven't already seen it, check out Nigel's Vlog on Youtube. He gets to visit some pretty amazing courses around South East Asia and meet the Superintendents who are responsible for them.

I have also made my own video chronicling our renovation process, which you can view HERE

2017 Course Renovation Programme:

Greens

  • Vertical mow at 5mm in 2 directions up and back on the same line
  • Blow off debris and cut at 3mm with a firm brush in front of the mower
  • Topdress
  • Wait for sand to dry and then aerate with 10mm solid tines at a 1.5" x 1.5" spacing
  • Use the coco fibre mat and hand brooms to work the sand into the holes
  • Heavy roll
  • Fertilise with 21-0-0 @ 100Kg/Ha + Eon 75 (Humic Acid) @ 60Kg/Ha
  • Irrigate
  • 3 days later - Aerate with 6mm solid tines at a 2" x 2" spacing
  • Double roll
  • Fertilise with 18-22-5 @ 140Kg/Ha
  • Irrigate

Tees

  • Cut at 5mm
  • Topdress
  • Wait for the sand to dry and hen aerate with 12mm solid tines at a 2" x 2" spacing
  • Use the coco fibre mat to work the sand into the holes
  • Heavy roll
  • Fertilise with 15-15-15 @ 200Kg/Ha
  • Irrigate

Approaches

  • Cut at 7mm
  • Scarify with the walk behind Graden at -25mm
  • Clean up debris
  • Topdress
  • Wait for the sand to dry and then aerate with 12mm solid tines at a 2" x 2" spacing
  • Use the coco fibre mat to work the sand into the holes
  • Heavy roll
  • Fertilise with 21-0-0 @ 160Kg/Ha
  • Irrigate

Fairways

  • Circle cut at 7mm
  • Aerate with 16mm coring tines
  • Aerate and topdress using the Koro Recycling Dresser at -125mm
  • Separate the sand from the debris with a steel drag mat
  • Blow off and collect the debris
  • Brush in the sand
  • Heavy roll
  • Fertilise with 21-0-0 @ 120Kg/Ha
  • Irrigate

Roughs

  • Cut from 40mm to 25mm
  • Cut from 25mm to 20mm
  • Fertilise with 21-0-0 @ 120Kg/Ha
  • Irrigate

We are also in the process of re-landscaping the majority of the out of play areas on all 18 holes in an effort to reduce maintenance and frame the hole. During the closure we managed to plant 25,000 Red Fountain Grasses (Pennisetum rubrum) along hole 18 and we are currently half way through planting 27,000 Lemon Grasses (Cymbopogon spp.) along hole 1 and 6.

A huge thank you to my team and the 120 caddies that came to assist us with the landscaping!

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask anytime!

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by in Golf on 19 Apr 2017

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