Around our Course this Month
around OUR course this month
The Christmas period has been very steady with green fee players in spite of the weather as we experienced some very windy and hot days. Our new carpark and driving range are being well used.
The fairways are returning to a more pliable surface and less carry now the pumps are back working and watering the fairways. The lack of water has caused some areas of the fairways to have a brown tinge as the winter grass has died back and we are behind in the growth in the summer grass. We expect this to improve over the next few weeks.
The watering has also had a noticeable improvement and softening of many greens and aprons. Remember to repair plug marks on the greens, please.
We sprayed for beetle larvae which resides under the fairway grass and the magpies dig up the grass for these beetles. We have been very successful compared to last year but there are still small areas around the course under attack. We hope for an even better result next year!
Nearly all of the bunkers have been refaced and this program will continue in early January.
When we talk about bunkers, please leave the rake in the middle of the bunker with the handle pointing down the fairway. Leaving it near the edge can cause the ball to stopped under the bunker lip and it’s very difficult to play !! (Editor is not happy)
10th of January the 11th green is being repaired (without Kikuyu) and this will significantly increase the size of the green. The green will have new turf installed and its condition will be monitored, so it is likely to be out of action for at around a month. There is a temporary green, albeit small, in front of the original green. Details on the notice board.
The pictures show the removal of the grass and the removal of the soil around the green. The hole will be filled with sand and you can judge the size of the new green from the pictures.
Slow play is still an issue with our large fields on Thursday and Saturday. The afternoon tee times can be delayed by 20 to 30 minutes, meaning they finish well after 4.5 hours from official tee-off time. This will need to be on the agenda with the Match Committee to see if it needs a ranger to ensure slow players are identified and assisted. Please consider other Golfers so that everyone can enjoy their day and keep up with the group in front !
The course is being sprayed for weeds and fertilized with approved turf chemicals. This is conducted outside of competition times by the staff as part of the normal maintenance program. Signs identifying the type of application are posted on the tees when chemical spraying activities are occurring.
The pennant season is about to kick off and we wish all our players the very best of luck! Thank you Peter and Graham for organizing this.
The car park has been finished and new signs are in place reminding to return sand buckets and not to empty them on the bitumen car park or in the garden bed, PLEASE. We have placed rubbish bins in the car park and we realized we need to mark off more areas in the car park so that we can have a drop off zone for players and commercial vehicles to the Views and Pro-shop, and also a dedicated area for cars with trailers.
The grass from the 11th green has been applied to the new practice bunker which is being constructed on the driving range. This area will take extra work to be functional but hope this will be in use March 2017