Fulford Heath Golf Course

Our wonderful, challenging parkland course

is managed by Kim Blake and his team.

The Greens

Director:  Gill Hazlewood

Greens Manager:  Kim Blake

Greens Staff: Graeme Stevenson; Rebecca Blake; Richard George; Ray Taylor; Kevin Beale;

Paul Whitten spends 6 months on Greens and 6 months within the Clubhouse

The above people are the ones responsible for making our course one of the stand-out courses in the Midlands and have help to provide the breathtaking vista we have become used to when we walk onto the patio. Members of our wonderful Club often take a few seconds out when they walk through the entrance to take in the view, visitors are often heard to be amazed by it.

But as long term members know it is an ongoing battle to keep the tees, fairways, greens and even the rough at it’s peak. The people who work at it work very hard in sometimes awful conditions.

On this page we will keep you informed as to what, when and why work is happening out there to help everyone.



The aim of the renovation work is to,

1 – Relieve compaction in the soil and create air space. (Roots grow in the air spaces)

2 – Improve drainage though the soil profile.

3 – Mix sand with the existing soil profile which is a clay loam 150mm (6”) below the surface.

4 – Remove and dilute organic matter.

5 – Overseed the greens with a bent grass seed mix. This is a long-term project to help reduce disease attack from fusarium with the withdrawal of the chemicals we have used over the last 30 years. The aim is a sward of 60% bent 40% annual meadow grass.

6 – To do all the renovation work in one week in October rather then spread the work over one week in August and one week in October.

The processes we used to achieve the above was,

1 – Vertidrained with 19mm (3/4”) solid tines to a depth of 250mm (10”). Hole spacings 100mm x 125mm (4”x5”).

This reliefs a lot of compaction helps drainage and allows sand to drop down the holes to mix with the existing soil profile. The holes also create a lot of air space to help with deeper roots for next year and gas exchange in the soil profile.

Machines used Iseki 6490 tractor and 2 metre Vert drain.


2 – Apply Mansfield Golf 35 medium coarse sand to the greens. 1.5 ton applied and brushed in. Machine used Kubota B3030 tractor and Jacobsen Drop Spreader.


3 – Brush sand into the verti drain holes.

Machines used John Deere 176 lawn tractor and TB 220 brush.

4 – Micro tine greens with 8mm (1/4”) solid tines to a depth of 80mm (3 ¼”)

30mm x 30mm (1 ¼” x 1 ¼”) spacings. More air space and mixing of sand in the soil profile.

Machine used John Deere aercore 800.

5 – Brush and vibra roll the surface to brush the sand down the micro tine holes and help level the surface.

Machine used Toro 3250D with vibra rollers.

6 – Graden the greens with 1.5mm scarifying blades cutting a 12mm (1/2”) deep slot onto the surface. Sow 4 grams sq./metre of Bent seed into the slots.

Machine used Graden CSI

7 – Drag mat greens to work the sand and soil back into the slots created by the Graden. This separates the sand and soil from the organic matter and puts sand and soil in contact with the seed. This is diluting the organic matter within the top 12 mm(½”)

Machines used John Deere tractor and rubber drag mat.

8 – Blow the greens off removing all the organic matter.

Machine used Echo PB 770 back pack blower.

9 – Brush and vibra roll the greens. This helps level the surface and firms the soil around the seed.

Machine used Toro 3250D and vibra rollers.

10 – Apply another 600kg Mansfield sand Golf 35 to the greens, brush and roll.

Machines used Iseki 6490 and Turfco spinning top dresser (Hired) Toro 3250D and vibra rollers.

11 – Applied A/W fertiliser 18kg TX 10 AND 20KG 4-4-20 Nutri smart slow release.

Machine used Scott’s Acropro pedestrian spreader.

Total cost of products used to do the autumn greens £3,774.00.  Manhours to complete the work 180 hours


Kim Blake
Course Manager