Superintendents Report – January 2014
We had just 40.5mm of rain for the month of January and recorded 7 days of rain this total is about a quarter of the monthly average. Despite the lack of rainfall we are holding up well even though there are some dry areas on the course.
Hopefully most of our golfing members have noticed the sign that I have placed on the practice green regarding the spraying of a selective herbicide to control the winter grass in the greens. I have been monitoring the recovery of the bent grass to understand the time frame for complete recovery.
The decision to spray all the greens will not be taken lightly and I will need to be prepared for a back lash from some golfers however my long term goal is to continue to improve the greens in all aspects i.e., consistency, uniformity, to increase drought, pest and disease tolerance.
I have also sprayed the road side of the chipping green and the overall damage to the surface from the herbicide has been minimal.
I have placed information for members on the practice green, the golf clubs Facebook site and the clubs web page. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Tees are currently only being cut once a week and there are a few weeds present, most of the weeds require hand weeding and therefore this task is very time consuming, we will complete this when time is available. Tees will receive an application of fertiliser in February.
Fairways are currently being cut twice a week.
The fairways have held up well in the summer months so far and are weed free.
I have decided to hold off from the growth regulator spraying until we receive some substantial rainfall; it would not be very beneficial to the health of the grass if we sprayed it while it was under drought stress.
General maintenance as need, this means mainly racking and fortnightly trimming.
All machinery is currently in good working order with no major problems to report.
Trees and Gardens
General garden maintenance including weeding, mulching and hedging and also there has been a lot of time allocated to the plants through hand watering during the hot dry conditions.
There will be 20+ trees planted on the left hand side of the 8th fairway between the fairway and 9th tee.
We have concreted another pad on the walkway up the 3rd tee; we hope to continue this work as time allows concentrating on the problem areas.
The Galah’s have caused damage on some of the fairways and rough areas, although this is not really affecting play.
- Western car park retaining wall
- Round up spraying under pine trees, gardens, course boundaries and dams.
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- Timber screen behind the first green to reduce the amount of balls entering the roadway and to prevent any cars from entering the golf course.
- 3rd tee pathway
- Repair the drainage problem behind the first green