‘Mike Probert talks Golf –  (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).

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Villamartin is just one of the local courses where tining is currently being carried out

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?

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.

However in reality depending on a number of factors such as day and night time temperatures and watering it usually take greens 15 to 20 days to return to a perfect condition.

There you have it…so when you next question the parentage of the green keepers you will understand the reasons just a little more.

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.

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you until 31/05/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €142 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €120 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €120 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €110 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €112 Two Players and Buggy (after 12pm)
Font Del Llop €134 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €128 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee (after 1pm)
La Serena €39 Single Green Fee (after 2pm)
Las Colinas €99 Single Green Fee
Las Ramblas €104 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €134 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €80 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €98 Two Players and Buggy  (from 2pm)
Villamartin €110 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €48 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €106 Two Players and Buggy

Deal of the week: Vistabella are holding a tournament on 26/05/18 with shotgun starts at 8.30am and 2.15pm for €45 walking or €56 in a shared buggy including a welcome pack,picnic,cocktail party and excellent prizes and call them on 966 107 846 to enter.

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

Hollow Tining Watch

Villamartin 15/05/18 – La Finca 22/05/18 – Saurines 23/05/18 – Font del Llop 27/05/18

Quotation of the Week

“Success is as much about atitude as ability” – Sir Walter Scott

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