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EGCC hooldusmeeskonna blogis kirjutavad nii hooldusmeeskonna juht Krzysztof Misiaczyński, meie oma kodustatud greenkeeper kanada-eestlane Paul Marley kui ka EGCC juhataja Hanno Kross.

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Estonian Stroke-Play Championship Wrap-up

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It´s been a very long month of August for the greens department.  During the last three and a half weeks we have hosted the European Amateur Championship, Club Championship and the Estonian Stroke-Play Championship (ESPC), in addition to all the club tournaments we host.

Our biggest issue in the lead-up to the ESPC was getting the rough height of cut back down to an acceptable level.  For the European Amateur Championship we had raised the height of cut to 110mm to make the rough more punishing for some of the best players in Europe.  Unfortunately for our club members and guests, this height was too punishing and often resulted in lost balls that just barely rolled off of the fairway.  To get the height back to what our membership is used to we had to lower the height in stages as to not damage the turf and avoid making a huge mess with clippings.  But for the last week and a half now we have had the rough at our usual 70mm height of cut that it has been for the entire season.


Hole #9 on day two of the Estonian Stroke-Play Championship

Most of the preparation we had to do for the ESPC was making sure the golf course was neat and tidy, which means cutting, cutting and more cutting.  During a normal week we cut fairways, green surrounds and tees two-to-three times (depending on growth), but leading in to the tournament we were cutting daily to provide the best playing conditions possible.  The height of cut on greens was also dropped .5mm, and we increased cutting and rolling frequency. This resulted in a much smoother and quicker putting surface.


Preparing the course for the final round.

Of course it wouldn´t have been a big tournament if the weather didn´t make things difficult for us.  On the first day we had significant rainfall resulting in plenty of standing water on fairways and bunkers being full of water.  So in addition to cutting and rolling greens we had several staff members going around the golf course with squeegees trying to get as much standing water off the golf course as possible.  Day two was much nicer, however the wind was howling making scoring conditions quite difficult.


Day 1 started off quite wet

Congratulations to this year´s Estonian Stroke-Play Champions Sander Aadusaar and Liis Kuuli!

And thank you to everyone who helped make this tournament a huge success!  Everyone on the EGCC staff puts in long hours leading up to the tournament and especially during tournament week to make sure all details are taken care of.  We must also give special mention to Jüri Reitsakas and his team of volunteers who also put in long hours helping EGCC staff and players have a memorable experience.

During the upcoming weeks we will continue to work on improving the health and playability of the greens as we set up our plan for putting the golf course to sleep in the winter.  Once we have consulted with our agronomist and confirmed our action plan we will post more updates here.

Enjoy the nice warm weather while it lasts!


European Amateur Championship Wrap-up

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Hello Golfers!

It was a long, tough couple weeks of work leading up to the European Amateur Championships but we could not have been happier with the outcome.  The maintenance team put in some very long days to get the greens prepared for the tournament changing out a lot of turf, verticutting and topdressing greens twice amongst all the other work that we had to do to prepare the course.  The weather did not help us out much with plenty of rain during tournament week which kept the greens soft and not quite as fast or firm as they could have been. Overall, we in the maintenance department could not be happier with how the course was presented and how it performed during tournament week.

The European Amateur Championship could not have been more of a success.  On day 3 we had two new course records set – the first by Runar Arnorsson (64) from Iceland which stood for just a couple hours until Norwegian Viktor Hovland played in the afternoon and shot a 63!  In addition to two course records in one day, the final day also featured a hole-in-one by Czech player Simon Zach on the 10th hole.


And since 72 holes of spectacular golf was not enough to decide the champion, the fans were treated to seven extra holes of golf between Norwegian Viktor Hovland and eventual winner, Italian Luca Cianchetti in a playoff that none of us will forget for a very long time!

Special thanks to everyone in the greens department for their time and dedication in the weeks leading up to the tournament, and for the extra help and effort during the VERY early mornings and late evenings during tournament week.  We must also thank everyone else involved with the tournament: tournament organizer Katrin Heinla, Jüri Reitsakas and his team of volunteers, EGCC CEO Hanno Kross, the restaurant staff, the range staff, the European Golf Association, the R &A, and the rules officials.  I know I am missing some people on this list, but a BIG “thank you” to everyone invloved in making this tournament a big success!

And of course, last but not least, a big congratulations to the winner Luca Cianchetti!  Best of luck next year at the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale!

Just because the European Amateur Championship is behind us doesn´t mean we can relax down here in the greens department.  This past weekend we had the Club championships where the players had to play through two days of less than favourable weather in the hopes of becoming club champion.

Congratulations to this year´s club champions:
Men´s – Jan Larsson
Women´s – Anu Avakov
Men´s Mid-Am – Veiko Vill
Women´s Mid-Am – Anu Schmidt
Men´s Seniors – Mait Schmidt
Women´s Seniors – Margarita Ross
U15- Siim Lukas Lokotar

One of the biggest issues since the European Amateur ended has been the length and difficulty of the rough.  Rest assured, we are bringing the height of cut down to a height which is more suitable for every day play!!  Our normal height of cut for rough is 70mm, but for the Amateur Championship it was raised to 105mm to penalize the players more for errant shots.  Because the rough is so much longer we have to cut it down in stages so we don´t strees the grass out too much and so that we don´t make too much of a mess with grass clippings.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to work on improving the putting surfaces, we will however have to perform some cultural practices such as aerifying, verticutting and light topdressing as a necessary part of improving plant health.  The major works that we have planned will be saved until October, and those jobs I will outline for you once we have firmed up our action plan.

All the best!

Tic-toc, tic-toc…..

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Time is counting down to a great event that will be held at our course in just over week – the European Amateur Championship, consisting of the best amateur golfers from “the old continent.” Needless to say we are working long hours to present the golf course in the best condition possible.

Our team has been working at full speed over the last couple of weeks doing as much repair work on the greens as possible – returfing, overseeding and fertilizing the greens in smaller ammounts to help speed up growth. We were very successful with these jobs except for one day that was made slightly more difficult with a large rainfall.
While performing these tasks we have had to find a balance between getting the work done quickly in preparation for the tournament, but while looking ahead to the future to avoid similar problems and not negatively impact the health of the plant.

Last week we started work on speeding up the greens. We started by lightly verticutting and topdressing the greens (a process which we plan to do twice more before the tournament) and lowering the height of cut. This will improve ball roll and speed up the greens as well.

In this last week leading up to the tournament we will finish the final repair work on the greens and will start to focus on mowing, bunkers and polishing up the fine details to help tidy up the course for the tournament.

Tic-toc, tic-toc, tic-toc…..Have to run as there is plenty of work to get done and the clock is ticking!

Head Greenkeeper,
Kris Misiaczyński

EM’ini on kuu aega

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In English below

32 päeva on jäänud Eesti golfi aasta olulisema sündmuse Meeste individuaalse Euroopa meistrivõistluste alguseni. Tasapisi alustame kogu väljaku ulatuses võistluse ettevalmistamiseks.

Sel nädalal oli meil külas Richard Heath Euroopa Golfi Liidust, kes oli mures kuulduste pärast, et griinid ei saa võistluseks korda. Vaatasime koos temaga väljaku üle ning tema tagasiside oli positiivne arvestades arenguid, mis viimase kahe nädala jooksul on toimunud. Tuginedes oma kogemusele on Richardi arvates võimalik griinid saada heaks EM’iks ning Euroopa Golfi Liidu poolt muretsemiseks põhjust ei ole. Kohtumiseks valmistasin ette ka tööde ajakava, mida lisaks seni tehtule veel planeerime teha ning Euroopa Golfi Liidu poolt muudatusettepanekuid ei tulnud, aktsepteeriti meie võetud eesmärke ja planeeritavaid töid.

TORO_sprayerSel nädalal jõudis meieni ka kauaoodatud uus TORO väetiste prits, mille investeerignu suurus oli üle 36tuh€. Tegime Stone Course’il esimesed proovid ning ootame masinalt palju töötunde nii väetiste pritsimisel kui ka ristikuga võitlemisel.

Sel nädalal väetasime lisaks ka rough’id ja fairway’d, järgmisel nädalal väetame veelkord kõik griinid, griinide ümbrused ja tiid. Lisaks jõudsime sel nädalal ka ülekülvi teha griini ümbrustel.

Alustasime ka tiikide puhastamist spetsiaalse masinaga, mida kasutasime eelmisel aastal, kui kogu EGCC tiigid puhastasime. Eks tiikide ääred tahavad kasvada täis ikka, kuid pidevalt taime lõhkudes lõikamisega jääb taim mingi hetk väga nõrgaks ja tiikide ääred ja ka põhjad hoiavad ennast pikemalt oluliselt kenamana. Kui elmisel aastal läks kogu tiikide puhastamiseks hommikust õhtuni 9 päeva, siis sel aastal tundub, et saame 4 päevaga hakkama. Igaljuhul annab töö võimaluse veetakistustel tulla paremini välja ja üldpilti veelgi parandada. Lisaks kõigele sellele oleme griinidel iga päev teinud tööd ja käsitsi külvanud ning vahetanud halbu kohti välja.

Proovime muidugi teha enamus töid ära nii, et võimalikult vähe mängijaid segaks, kuid samas mõned tegevused siiski mõjutavad rohkem. Panime kinni paariks nädalaks meie chippinggreeni, et anda võimalus griinil tugevaks saada sügiseks ja järgmiseks aastaks.

Cleaning the edges of water (for next 3 years)

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Sain ka loa väljaku tegevjuhilt võtta lisaks mitu töölist, et planeeritud hooldustööd saaks õigeaegselt tehtud ja sügiseks suudaksime oma plaani täita. Üritame leida alati võimalust, kuidas häid hooajatööliseid vajadusel aastaringselt palgal hoida, et anda võimalus areneda nii neil kui meil endil iga aasta. Selleks peavad muidugi hooajatöölised ennast tõestama ja järgmised kaks kuud on selleks parim aeg.

Ootan kohtuma kõiki liikmeid ja aktsionäre minuga neljapäeval 7ndal juulil kell 17:00, kui tutvustan tegevusi, mida planeerime ja näitan ka pilte võrdlusena eelmistest aastatest ja arengutest. Lisaks olen selleks ajaks saanud kätte ka kõik meie pinnase analüüsid ja saan kokkuvõte teha tulemustest. Sama päeva õhtul kella 19’st on teatrietendus meil EGCC’s, saate ühendada Jõelähtmesse sõidu kultuuri ja uute teadmistega.

Kris Misiaczyński
Head Greenkeeper


The final countdown

32 days left to the most important event in this year’s on EGCC, which Europian Amateur Champion. Time to start work preparing the field for this great event.

This week we had visits Richard Heath from Europian Golf Association, arrived he concerned about reports of poor condition of our Greens. Together we made a field inspection and the feedback was positive, emphasized that the progress that has taken place in recent weeks in comparison with what he saw in the pictures is satisfactory and gives a great reason to reach a satisfactory level for the tournament which will be held from 3-6.08. in 2016. For the meeting I prepared the work schedule, which we plan to do in the next month, and it was accepted.

In preparation for the tournament, and further work will help us also our new TORO sprayer. We made it right the first spraying compost tea on Stone course and waiting for him a lot of work (spraying on a clover, a few applications compost tea on the sea course)

We made a fertilization at Fairway and Rough and in the coming week also fertilises greens, greens complexes and Tees.

We conducted also overseeding and topdressing around the Greens, to improve quality.

This week we started the cleaning of lakes with reeds and seaweed, this will increase the attractiveness of many holes and the water will be more visible.

All the time we work on the greens with returfing and manual reseeding.

We closed for few weeks chipping green for remanufacturing.
As you can see, they perform at the moment a lot of treatments, and some may affect the quality of the game in the near term, but we still have in mind the players and try to do the work so that as little as possible affect the quality of the game.

With the work schedule I prepared that we need more people to work and got permission from our manager, Hanno to employ additional staff for the season. We are looking for at this time of seasonal workers and people who have to check, have a chance of permanent employment.

Best regards
Kris Misiaczynski
Head Greenkeeper

Vahetame halvad kohad manuaalselt

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returfing1Sellel nädalal alustasime griinidel manuaalselt nende osade vahetamist, kus areng on olnud tagasihoidlikum. Kasutame Stone Course’i 6nda rajalt 1/2 griinist ning vahetame välja Sea Course’il kõik halvemad kohad käsitsi suurte murulappidega. Eelnevalt oleme kasutanud Stone Course’i 8nda griini tagaosa väiksemate paranduste jaoks, kuid need parandused on olnud rohkem kosmeetilised ja on ka aeganõudvamad suuremate alade vahetuseks.

Muru võetakse griinilt masinaga sügavalt üles ning asetatakse Sea Course’il paikade asemele, kus on väga väike tõenäosus, et korraliku ja tugeva muru saaksime järgmise kuu aja jooksul kasvatatud. Positiivne on selle meetodi puhul asjaolu, et halb koht likvideeritakse koheselt. Kui töö on tehtud hästi, siis mängija vahetatud tükke enam nädala-kahe jooksul ei näe.

returfing2Kahjuks maikuu alguse ülekülvi me enamuses ikkagi kaotasime. Uut muru tuli ja kõige rohkem just kõige halvamatel griinidel, aga tulemus ei olnud kaugelt see, mida lootsime. Eelmisel nädalal tegime uue ülekülvi, selle nädala ideaalne ilm on aidanud kõvasti kaasa ülekülvi tõenäolisele õnnestumisele. Praegune soe vihm ja järgmise nädala ilusad ilmad peaks andma hea efekti griinidel uue muru kasvatamiseks.

Aeg-ajalt küsitakse ka seda, kas EM’i ikka meil toimub augusti alguses? Eks keegi eestlaslikult kindlasti kuskil loodab, et võetakse ära, aga Euroopa Golf Liit õnneks võtab asja rahulikult. Me olema korraldanud oma kulude ja kirjadega nelja erinevat Euroopa Golfi Liidu võistlust (poiste, mid-am’ide, seeniorite ja naiste EM’id), millest kõige varasem on olnud juunikuus. Hinded, mis korralduslikult oleme saanud, on alati olnud maksimaalse lähedased ja väljak on saanud hindeks alati kas “hea” või “väga hea”. Nad tunnevad meid ja teavad, et me võistluseks suudame kindlasti pakkuda vähemalt head väljakut.

returfing3Me oleme ise otsustanud omavahel meeskonnas, et me ei tee mingeid kiireid lahendusi, et mingiks võistluseks või nädalavahetuseks oleksime näiliselt paremad, tähtis on täna pikaaegne tervis. Näiteks peale ülekülvi, mille lõpetasime eelmise nädala reedel, me kaks päeva ei niitnud ega rullinud, mis tähendas päris halba kogemust laupäeval-pühapäeval. Aga oleks me peale ülekülvi niitnud, oleks see tähendanud, et pooled seemned korjame griinilt kohe jälle üles. Oleme eelnevatel aastatel ehk liigagi palju mõelnud lühiajaliselt võistluste või nädalavahetuste raames ja sellega rikkunud pikaajaliselt võimaluse areneda hooaja.

Kindlasti näete griinidel ka järgmisel nädalal liivasemaid kohti – need on tehtud griini tasandamiseks ja vahetatakse lähipäevade jooksul välja. Kasutame praegu ka griinidel reeglit, mis annab vabastuse, kui puttamisliinil vahetatud koht või liivane alla jääb lipu ja löögiliini vahele. Reegli täpne sõnastus:

Sea Course’i puttamisgriinidel on liivaga täidetud alad, millel puudub murukate ning alad, mis on värskelt kaetud murulappidega. Tegemist on ebaharilike pinnasetingimustega. Kui mängija pall asub sellisel alal või selline ala jääb mängija puttamisliinile, võib mängija võtta vabastuse vastavalt Reeglile 25-1, tõstes palli üles ning asetades selle ilma karistuseta lähimasse jätkamiskohta, mis ei asu lipule lähemal. Olukorras, kus täielikku vabastust ei ole võimalik võtta tuleb pall asetada lähimasse kohta, mis annab häirivast mõjust maksimaalse vabastuse ja ei asu lipule lähemal. Lähim jätkamiskoht ja maksimaalse vabastuse koht võib asuda väljaspool puttamisgriini.

Kui halvad kohad saame käsitsi vahetatud, siis on lootus suur, et saame griinid ka ühtlaseks kuna head kohad on kasvanud ilusti ja on juba täiesti mängitavad. Kogemuse ongi halvemaks teinud igal griinil mõni väiksem või suurem osa, kus muru on kahjustatud…


Korraldame 30. juunil jälle meie Head Greenkeeperi ja klubiliikmete vahel kohtumise, kuhu soovitan julgelt tulla, saate teada otse allikast, kuidas meil läheb ja kuhu püüdleme. Vähemoluline ei ole ka kohtumistel liikmete poolt tagasiside ja tähelepanekud, mida ja kuidas võiks veel teha, millised on teie ootused. Loodetavasti iga päevaga tulevad heas mõttes mängu ka muud väljaku elemendid nagu bunkrid, griiniesised, fairwayd, roughid, semiroughid, griinide ümbrused jne, mille osas meeskond teeb tööd samuti, et mänguelamust pakkuda. Juunikuu viimasel neljapäeval 20. juunil algab kohtumine Head Greenkeeperi Krzysztof Misiaczyński’ga kell 19:00 meie klubihoones II korrusel seminariruumis.

Hanno Kross
EGCC juhataja
tel 511 1192
email: hanno@egcc.ee

Big Jobs

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In the past week we have done a lot of work, which unfortunately has made the greens look a little worse in the short term, but will prove to be beneficial in the long run.

We have once again over-seeded greens with a new type of grass (brown-top bentgrass) which is better suited for this climate.  Smaller areas that are covered by algae will be scrapped up and filled with seed, sand and zeolytes.  The larger areas will be turfed out with grass we will be taking from the 6th green on the Stone Course.  This is a very labour intensive process but it must be done get achieve the results we desire.

In addition, this week we will be topdressing and fertilizing the greens to help speed up growth, as well as fertilizing green complexes and fairways.

We will also be putting in extensive work on our turf nursery so we will have good quality turf should we need to renovate in the future.

Many of the treatments which we have already done on the greens are already bearing fruit.  The length of roots has increased quite a bit over the past two weeks.6 stone roots 13.06.2016

Roots- The Key to Success

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It’s been two weeks since I started work at EGCC, and today I would like to familiarize you with some of the problems we are currently having and our recovery plans.

The biggest problem is the roots……or actually the lack thereof. The following pictures show the roots that we currently have, and those which are our goal.

our roots

Our current root mass.

our goal

Root mass we are working towards.

The current length of the roots is the primary cause of the problems we are having with our greens. Such short roots causes the plant to respond very quickly to temperature related stress (high or low), which will cause rapid changes in the quality of the greens.  The height at which we mow greens and the amount of play we have causes the turf to be under continuous stress. All of the plant´s strength is located in the roots, so in order to have a high quality putting surface throughout the season strong and healthy roots are essential.

The main reason for the short roots is regularly watering the greens.  If there is moisture always available at the surface, the roots become lazy because they don´t need to grow deeper in search of water.  This also causes excess organic matter which the roots can feed off of resulting in the roots to growing horizontally instead of vertically.


Our main objective now is to make the roots look for water deeper in the soil profile.  This is accomplished by watering the greens less frequently, but for longer periods.  We must find a balance of keeping enough moisture in the soil to keep the plant alive, but not enough that the roots don´t have to actively search for water deeper in the soil.

Plants are just like humans- if they are overfed and don´t have to exercise they will be fat and lazy.  What I must now do is start training the plant to become healthy and active.

We have a lot of work ahead of us to build a satisfactory and healthy root system so that you, the golfer, get the most enjoyment out of your game all season long.  Unfortunately for the greenkeepers this is a little bit of a challenge because we must do this while the course is open for play – it´s almost like trying to fix your car….while driving along the motorway! 

It won´t be easy, but it is possible!

Kris Misiaczynski

Head greenkeeper