Having little or no experience at Turf care and maintenance I took it upon myself to go and work at Broadway Golf Club for a week. It is a local Golf course to Hidcote with an amazing reputation.
The first day started as many others have done before, high winds meant a high volume of leaves to clear off the golf greens. At an 18 hole golf course you can imagine how long leaf blowing 18 greens can take, especially when being followed by golfers keen to get a round of golf in early in the morning.
Once the morning leaf blowing was complete it was onto mowing the aprons for me, a lot more fun than it sounds. Although the order in which you have to mow around the greens to avoid the golfers is somewhat more complicated than you would expect. The usual routine would go as follows; 14,17,1,2,3,8,7,6,5,4,18,9,16,10,11,12,13. This order could always easily be adjusted depending on greens being played etc.
One of the days at the golf club I was lucky enough to be able to have a go at greens mowing. The direction of the mow changed every time they were cut, which at this time of year is around 3 times a week. In summertime however the greens would be cut almost every day.
One of the more unusual machines to drive at the golf club was definitely the greens iron, effectively rolling all the lumps and bumps out of each green and keeping them nice and flat. The machine is driven in a sideways motion and moves considerably quicker in one direction than the other and therefore can almost throw the user from their seat.
(As I soon found out for myself)
A task that would only ever be carried out on a golf course is hole changing, mainly to give the golfers variation but also to save on wear and tear of the greens. On the greens at Broadway golf club they operate a two hole system. One hole will be in play and the other capped for use later in the week. Each green would usually have two hole changes a week, in high season they would be changed more frequently.
On my last day at the golf club I was lucky enough to be involved in the re-modelling and re-building of a bunker. The main bunker on hole 11 was too big, the idea was to reduce the bunker in size by a third and build a second bunker off to the other side. This was partly to deter golfers from hitting a shot to the left towards a building and also to make a straight drive down the right side more easily attainable.