Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.
Hollow Tining of Greens – Why is it necessary?
We just entering that period of the year when the courses hollow tine the greens causing a disruption to golf and producing a poor putting surface for a few weeks but just why do they have to do this to us?
The surface of a green, colour, density and speed is a combination of the maintenance of the surface but also, about the maintenance of the root-zone. A healthy grass starts from healthy roots. Soil compaction can be a severe problem resulting in restricted root growth, lack of water infiltration into the soil, loss of resilience, weed invasion, disease problems and decline in turf quality.
Hollow Tining is used to prevent damage from an excessive soil compaction. It is also very important to provide the needed drainage, for water infiltration and aeration at the root-zone and is done during the warm season when temperatures favour rapid shoot growth and coverage of the turf openings.
The use of sand on greens is essential because it helps to digest the organic matter, enhancing the aeration of the root-zone, speed on greens and better recovery from pitch marks. In order to minimize the disruption to golfers, hollow tinning is usually carried out in 2 consecutive journeys so that the 18 greens are aerated in the same week.
The surface smoothness restoration process includes top dressing, drag matting and rolling and greens are normally puttable after 3 days with rolling putting surface within 10 days.
Some of the local courses such as La Finca, Las Ramblas, La Serena and Villamartin have waived the autumn hollow tining this year however when you next question the parentage of the green keepers you will understand why the work is necessary!
We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us.
Leader Green Fees
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Deal of the week: 2 green fees and buggy at Alicante for only €79 (after 12pm) and the special hollow tining rate at Las Colinas for only €68 for 2 players and buggy until 04/09/14.
For bookings and more information contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.
Hollow Tining Watch
The following courses are currently undertaking or recovering from hollow tining:
Alhama, Aguilon, Campoamor, El Valle, El Plantio, Font del Llop, La Marquesa, La Manga North, La Torre, Las Colinas, Lorca, Lo Romero, Oliva Nova, Roda, Saurines, Villaitana (Levante), and Vistabella.
The LEADER in conjunction with the British Legion are holding a tournament at Vistabella on Saturday 20th September 2014 at a cost of only €37 each, including buggy with a €10 donation per green fee going directly to the poppy appeal and to enter call Mick the Grip on 638859475 or Vistabella on 966107846.
Quotation of the week
“Don’t think it’s RITE, know it’s WRITE” – The perfectionist
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