Teretulemast EGCC hooldusmeeskonna blogisse!

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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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Griinide ujutamine

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Eelmisel nädalal alustasime griinidel väga olulise tööga, mida pole EGCC’s ennem tehtud – griinide “ujutamisega”. Tegemist on meetodiga, kus ülisuur veekogus viib oma raskusega griini pinnases olevad ained allapoole juurestikku. Selliselt nö “pestakse” griine paljudes ookeanide äärtes olevatel väljakutel, kus merevees olevad soolad jõuavad golfiväljakule ning viimased pärsivad murukasvu.

Meil on griinimaterjalide detailsed analüüside tulemused nüüd viimasest neljast aastast ning analüüsid näitavad teatud kohtades väga suurt fosfori ja soolade sisaldust. Soolade halvast mõjust looduses võib lugeda siit, kuid lühidalt kokkuvõttes on sool põhimõtteliselt taimele nagu mürk, mis tõmbab ta veest tühjaks, põletab ära ja taim sureb ära.

Ma olin ise alguses skeptiline selle meetodi osas, et kas tõesti vesi suudab need soolad ja mürgised ühendid viia nii alla kui vaja, kuid vesteldes erinevate partneritega maailmas sain kinnitust, et meetod töötab ja seda on tehtud aastakümneid. Minu põhiküsimus oli, et miks meil siis näiteks augustikuu suured vihmad soolasid ei vii alla ja kuidas kastmisvesi viib?

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Õiges vastused on juba päris teaduslikud, kuid põhjusi on mitmeid – esiteks ei tule kunagi nii suurt kogust alla otse griinile ning vee raskus ei ole piisavalt suur. Teiseks tuleb griinid enne tööd aereerida hästi sügavalt, meie poleme aereerinud tavaliselt 10cm sügavuselt ja selle tõttu me juured ka üle 10cm suvel väga ei ole. Oleks vaja minna kuni 25cm sügavusele aereerimisega. Lisaks on enne kastmisvee lahtikeeramist vaja griinid teatud ainega töödelda, et (ja nüüd läheb päris keemiaks kätte) aines molekulides olevad negatiivsed ja vees olevad positiivsed laengud omavahel reageeriks ja asi omavahel lahustuks ning toimiks. Keda polaarsed, mittepolaarsed ja ioonilised ühendid rohkem huvitavad, need leiavad kindlasti keskooli keemiaõpikutest täpsemaid vastuseid või alternatiivina internetiavarustest.

Griinide “pesemine” või “ujutamine”, mida me päevas saame ära teha kahel-kolmel griinil, on selle sügise hooldustööde osas väga oluline osa, kuid mitte ainuke. Lisaks sellele, et iga päev paar-kolm griini ujutatakse järjest 3h rohke veega üle, on vaja tõsta meie griinide mulla neelamisvõimet (ingl.k. cation-exchange capacity ehk CEC). Tegemist on siis näitajaga, mis annab ülevaate, kui palju pinnas suudab hoida toitaineid endas. Mida kõrgem on näitaja, seda rikkam on pinnas erinevate ainete osas. Me oleme kahe aastaga näitajat suutnud kahekordistada, kuid siit on omakorda veel minna, et saada CEC näitaja väga heaks (vajame veel kahekordset kasvu). Selleks alustame oktoobris griinidel suurte aukudega nö “junnitamist”, mis on sama, mis õhutamine (aereerimine), kuid selle erinevausega, et eemaldame vana pinnase august. Peale seda on vaja teha suur käsitöö, kus kõikidesse aukudesse paneme tagasi väga toitaineterikka materjali.

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Griinide “junnitamise” tagajärjel jäävad griinidele väikesed augud, mis on täidetud uue materjaliga

Jõuame ka seda teha päevas ühel-kahel griinil ehk pool oktoobrikuust läheb “junnitamise” ja materjali aukudesse uhumise peale.

Mida tähendab see golfimängijale?

  • Lühikeses perspektiivis nii eelmisel kui ka sel nädalal esmaspäevast neljapäevani kahte kuni kolme ajutist griinil mängupäevadel. R-P hoidsime nii eelmisel nädalal kui hoiame ka sellel nädalavahetusel griinid mängus.
  • Oktoobrist iga päeva 1-2 griini ajutist griini, millel teeme tööd ning vahetame sisu. Oktoobri keskpaigaks on kõikidel griinidel tööd tehtud ning see tähendab, et kõik griinid on natuke augulised, aga sügisel teevad seda tööd kõik golfiväljakud maailmas.
  • Pikas perspektiivis ma loodan, et oluliselt paremaid griine kohe mais ja juunikuus.

Kui me suudame olulisel määral vähendada soolade ja mürkide hulka pinnases, siis ei ole limiteerivaid faktoreid uue muru kasvatamiseks järgmisel aastal. Maikuus alustanud EGCC väljakute hooldusjuht Krzysztof Misiaczyński on ka imestanud, et peale ülekülvi on näha uue muru tulek, kuid teatud aja jooksul, kui juured kasvavad piisavalt pikaks, taim sureb. See on põhiline probleem EGCC griinidel olnud, et soolade ja fosfori sisaldus ei ole laksnud taimel oma loomulikku tugevust saavutada ja see on põhjus, miks me eelmisel nädalal juba alustasime griinidel suuremamahulisi töid. Võiks ju öelda, et oktoobri teises pooles ja novembris on aega teha neid töid küllaga, aga sellises mahus tegevused sõltuvad ka palju ilmast ning väga märjaga neid tehes rikume griinide pinnast oluliselt rohkem.

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Loodetavasti ilmad on soodsad ja aitavad ka veel sügisel griinide taastumisele peale suuremahulisi ettevõtmisi kaasa. Me töötame väga intensiivselt, et sellest jamast, mis meil viimased kaks hooaega on olnud kevadel griinidel, välja saaksime. Meile kõigile on griinide kvaliteet kõige tähtsam ja oleme julgelt võtnud ette tööd septembris, et tulevikusk pakkuda jälle kvaliteeti, mis paneks silmad särama juba kevadest meie aktsionärid, liikmed ja külalised.

Me teame ka seda, et väga palju negatiivset tagasisidet hakkab tulema, kui griine õhtutame ja selle tõttu päevas on kaks kuni kolm ajutist griini praegu. Aga olen öelnud kogu oma meeskonnale, et tähtis on see, et tulevikus me saaksime olla uhked oma väljaku üle ja sügisene mängijate tagasiside, et ma pidin ajutisel griinil kaks rada mängima, ei kaalu üle seda, et järgmisel aastal saaksime pakkuda oluliselt paremat puttamispinnast meie väljakutel.

Kasutage ilusaid ilmu ära ja tulge mängima. Kellel 18’st griinist kaks ajutist griini käib sel nädalal väga närvidele, see saab mängida väga heas korras oleval Stone Course’il, kus me neid töid ei tee (kuna pole vaja).

Tervitades,
Hanno Kross
EGCC juhataja

PS. Loe ka Krisi viimast inglisekeelset postitust “Kuidas üks klubiliige mind idioodiks kutsus” ja Pauli postitust sügistöödest

 

Message from Head Greenkeeper

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Hello golfers!

Yesterday I heard that one of the members had called me an idiot for ruining the greens when they were “almost good.” What you have to understand is, we are doing this work because it has to be done and not because we want to. It is my understanding that in recent years the greens have been decent in September and October, only to have major issues again in the spring. This work is best done now towards the end of the season so the greens can recover a little bit before winter and are ready to go in the spring.

I understand that this is an invasive procedure and there will be some disruption to the putting surface, but we will do our best to get the greens rolling as good as possible as quickly as possible. In the coming weeks we will also be aerifying greens with large tines and topdressing with a material rich in organic matter to help the greens in the long term.

If there was another way to do this without disrupting the putting surface, rest assured we would do it that way. Unfortunately, as the saying goes: to make an omlette you have to crack a few eggs!

I realize that this has been a frustrating season for everyone, but this work has to get done to improve the long term health and playability of the greens, and hopefully avoid this kind of frustration in the future.

Thank you for your understanding,
Kris
Head Greenkeeper

Fall Projects

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Hello golfers!

First things first: The rough has now been cut down to its usual height of cut at 51mm.  We had hoped to get the rough cut down sooner to what you are accustomed to but because of the large ammounts of rain we received after the Estonian Stroke-Play Championship we would have done more damage to the course than good had we tried mowing the rough.  And just when the course had dried out enough to start, another significant ammount of rain came down preventing us from mowing.  But with the nice sunny weather we have had these last 10 days we have been able to cut down all of the rough, except for a couple little areas that have not yet dried out.  Because the height of cut came down somewhat dramatically, there is quite a bit of clippings in the rough but those should disappear as we continue to cut at 51mm.

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Our biggest job over the coming weeks is going to be flushing out the greens and increasing the amount of organic material in the soil profile.

Flushing the greens- this step of the process is meant to flush all the salts and nutrients out of the soil profile.  We will accomplish this by turning the irrigation on one green at a time for three hours.  So if you happen to be golfing and see a green that is flooding do not be alarmed!!  We are doing that on purpose.  The water applied to the greens will force all the bad salts and nutrients very deep into the soil profile (one meter deep, if not deeper) where it will not affect the plants.  This is a step we must accomplish because the harmful salts are what negatively affects our greens the most in the spring.  During the winter months the salts go deep into the soil profile where it is warmer.  As spring arrives and the soil temperature starts to rise, the salts rise up through the soil profile into the root zone.  These salts then eat away at the roots which kills the plant.  By flushing out the greens, our goal is to force the salts so deep that they will not rise up to the root zone during the season.  This part of the process is not a one time thing, it will have to be performed about once a season.  Many seaside courses in Scotland flush their greens every two or three seasons because the salts coming off the sea will start to negatively affect their greens and flushing them out helps the greens for a couple seasons.

The next part of the process is increasing the organic material in the soil profile.  The material which our greens are built upon is a very large and round sand particle which makes it difficult for water and nutrients to “grab on to” the sand and keep it plant available.  By increasing the organic material we will improve water retention allowing us to water less frequently which will help the roots grow deeper into the soil profile, as well as help keep nutrients available to the plant for a longer period of time.  To increase the organic material after flushing the greens we will be aerifying quite deeply with large, hollow tines allowing us to remove as much of the bad greens sand as possible.  We will then topdress the greens with a soil rich in humus and work that material into the holes.  This is a very labour intensive process and causes quite a bit of disruption to the putting surface, but is a very necessary part of the process for the long term health of the greens.

The last part of the process is to replace all of the nutrients we washed out of the greens.  This will be accomplished by giving the greens a large dose of granular fertilizer.  The fertilzer will be added late enough in the season that it should not cause the turf to grow rapidly, but will remain in the soil profile throughout the winter and be plant available in the spring to give the grass the nutrients it needs to start growing right away.

This project is our main priority over the coming weeks.  We will continue with our regular cutting and maintenance practices, but as time and weather allow we hope to work on such projects as improving drainage on various parts of the course.

Enjoy the nice weather!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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