In the summer of 2018, the extreme heat caused a substantial loss of grass cover to the Royal Wellington fairways. As a result, the fairways during the latter summer were poor to play and preferred lies were required. The committee resolved to seek an enduring solution to provide excellent playable fairways throughout the year given that such the frequency of hot summers may well increase in the future.
The committee committed to a 5-year fairway renovation plan making a colonial bent grass – brown top - our dominant fairway grass. This would involve the annual spraying the fairways with Amitrol and then later over seeding with colonial bent grass. Colonial bent grass was preferred over rye grass as the cost and resource to maintain is more favourable
Course manager John Spraggs has supervised the programme and we have four videos where John tracks progress of the fairway renovations projects dated - Jan 2018, March 2018, March 2019 and March 2020. You can get an appreciation of the results and assess the benefits so far delivered. The project is being done in conjunction with a work programme incorporating aeration and use of gypsum to improve drainage and an establishing fescue as the dominant grass.