BRAVE NEW ERA AT THE ADDINGTON
By Lynn Hilton
In the past, all maintenance on the greens was carried out using pedestrian machinery and was predominantly mowing with just occasional light scarifying and spiking.
The recent frequent rainfall highlighted a severe thatch problem on the greens, but due to an exceptionally busy golfing year, it was not often possible to put the greens out of play for treatment. In consultation with the club's agronomist, it was decided to try deep de-thatching/linear aeration, and demonstrations were arranged.
For Head Green keeper John Hunniset (pictured above) speed of operation and clean up was critical and the ROTORAKE 600 demonstrated these features dramatically. The club placed an order.
In mid-April John set to work with a major competition scheduled for Bank Holiday. In just three days he was able to scarify 20 greens, to a depth of 25mm at 6mm spacing, including collection. John describes the amount of thatch removed (not soil or dressing) as "incredible". Recovery of the putting surface took no more than one day. In fact the staff were congratulated on the performance of the greens following that weekend's competition.
John has now instigated a programme of linear aeration with the RR/600 on a regular six-week basis throughout the summer, with micro-tining in-between. His other recent acquisition of an irrigation system has also given him extra control.
The Addington is emerging from a very distinguished past into a brave new era, using the best modern machinery and techniques - with the SISIS ROTORAKE 600 helping them to achieve their aims.