Headland Amenity tackles Fusarium at Drift Golf Club in Surrey

A woodland golf course in Surrey that was suffering from regular Fusarium has been given an overhaul to combat the disease.

The Drift Golf Club in East Horsley was getting Fusarium on its greens at least six times during the winter, according to course manager Mark Pennells.

"We changed the fertiliser programmes to reduce the nitrogen levels but the problem was that in winter they retained moisture and were slow to dry.

"This is an 18-hole woodland course plus one for practice and one chipping green, and the greens are of a traditional construction," said Pennells.

He decided to take drastic action to deal with the Fusarium and began a programme of work, assisted by Headland Amenity. He used 6,000kg of the company's Axis granules as a means of increasing percolation rates.

"We aerated eight inches down at four-inch centres with three-quarter tines. We backfilled with Axis using rakes and blew the product down the holes with a hover mower," said Pennells. The team then over-seeded and topdressed. "The recovery was just eight days with no holes and no scarring," he added.

Once the recovery was complete, Pennells and general manager Rob Gumbrell saw a drastic difference in the drainage and the greens have been free of disease since September.

"Our intention is to do the whole lot again next year and some of the tees as well," said Pennells.

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