Historic Oxford Golf Club recruited agronomist Greg Evans on a consultancy basis to help create and implement a detailed green keeping improvement and maintenance strategy at the 18-hole course. The programme of focused activity has enhanced the greens, tees and approach areas. Greg help devise the bespoke strategy and worked in partnership with Head Green Keeper Doug MacGregor.
Greg said: “Oxford Golf Club is a fantastic course and has always been well regarded. Following the implementation of a targeted agronomy plan it now has perfect greens and the rest of the course is of a very high standard.
“The club was really supportive and allowed us to close the competition greens for a tight maintenance window to enable us to really focus on a big agronomy programme. The greens have a good sand profile and so we carried out deep aeration activity and then followed a strict maintenance plan. This included targeted hard watering and tight cutting to produce faster smoother greens. Within nine months the greens were performing very well, and they are the jewel in the crown of the course.”
The green-keeping team also focused on tees and approaches as part of the wider agronomy plan. Greg added: “As with a lot of older clubs the Oxford Golf Club was built before irrigation systems were introduced and so the course tends to hold water. We hired in averti-drainer to fully drain the course and changed the fertility programme to add small amounts of nutrients every ten days.”
Stephen Nicholson, General Manager at Oxford Golf Club, said: “As a club we are committed to continually improving the course and the agronomy plan has formed a key part of our strategy. The club has really reaped the rewards of this intensive activity and our members and visitors alike have commented on the quality of our greens and tees.”