The hollow tining of Atalaya’s Old course is well underway. From 1 September to 6 September we keep this course closed for maintenance.
Meanwhile, the New Course will remain open to play.
The hollow tining process involves coring to a depth of 75 – 100 mm by using a vertically operated coring machine. Tines in the largest diameter are used to better prepare the greens for the top-dressing process that follows.
The cores of soil that are left on the surface of the greens after hollow tining are picked up by our greens’ staff and then recycled to fill in bare spots in other areas of the course.
After hollow tining a vehicle is used to work a top soil mixture into the greens. This top-dressing consists of a mix of sand, fertiliser, seeds and gypsum. This dressing reacts with the sodium in the water to create the proper pH balance of the soil and results in the creation of optimal growing conditions. After the top soil is applied, the greens are regularly irrigated to initiate the forthcoming germination process as soon as possible.
Hollow tining and top dressing prepare the greens perfectly for the intense play they will experience in the summer. Water loss is reduced. Greens are effectively aerated, and compaction is reduced to provide a receptive green for approach shots and an excellent putting surface.
Normally, greens totally recover and are ready for play seven days after hollow tining.
After hollow tining is complete on the Old Course, our maintenance crew will move first to the putting greens and then to the New Course to repeat the process.
It is quite likely, but not yet confirmed, that the Old Course will remain open throughout June instead of being closed for two weeks as is Atalaya’s normal practice. Our summer schedule will be announced in the forthcoming days.
We at Atalaya, even with the current constraints of having our maintenance staff reduced by 2/3rds, work daily to keep our courses in the best condition possible.