Written by: Richard Allison
By moving away from unsustainable fensoil and peat (stripped from fenland in East Anglia and hauled hundreds of miles) to a locally-sourced, quality controlled organic compost, the club now has a cost-effective and more sustainable product alternative. Fairways are spread with a 90/10 sand/compost blend (which has now attained USGA approved rootzone status) twice a year, typically in March and September to encourage stability and nutrient retention in the soil.
The blend also forms the divot mix for patching fairways and tees and the compost is used as a construction material. The material is bought neat and blended with sand to various ratios depending on the end-use. The compost for topdressing and divot mix is pre-screened to <6mm, which is the ideal size, and the compost used as a construction material for new tees, reconstruction of bunkers etc, is 10mm screened, which offers a better structure.