GreenKeepers Blog - May 2016
We had 39.5mm of rain for the month of May with 30mm falling on the last day of the month. We recorded 6 days of rainfall.
Once again Kiama Golf Course has proven to be one of the best all weather courses in the Illawarra, we recorded 250mm of rainfall in a 48-hour period in the early days of June, despite this heavy rain we were fully operational within 24 hours of the rain stopping, not only did we receive heavy rain but we also had gale force winds.
My team worked extremely well to remove a lot of debris from the course in a very short time frame to get the course back up to a high standard.
We have again had no signs of any disease or pest activity on the greens during the month of May, we continue to fix a lot of pitch marks on the greens during our hole changing and mowing practices, this is a very time consuming activity for the green staff but quality repairs are important in controlling early incidence of disease through turf injury.
We are currently cutting four times a week and using our greens roller to remove the dew on none competition days.
The chipping green renovation has not gone exactly to plan due to an ongoing irrigation fault throughout the month of May. We had a break in the irrigation pipe near the men’s 12th tee. This leak was contributing to a consistent loss of pressure at the pump shed resulting in the pumps continually staying on, with this occurring the energy consumption increased and was too expensive to leave running, so isolation valves were used to prevent the pressure loss until the fault could be found. The problem has now been rectified.
The storm in the early days of June has resulted in the seed being washed away or in clumps on the chipping green, the green will be seeded once again to ensure uniformity, however the re-growth will be slow due to the drop in temperature and the reduced growth activity of the new germinating seed.
It is difficult to place a time frame on the re-opening of the green at his present time.
Tees are being cut once a week and are in good condition.
The tees have been treated with a selective herbicide to control the winter grass, this will result in some discoloration of the grass but will not affect play.
The fairways are currently cut once a week in a cross cut pattern.
The overall condition of the fairways is excellent with complete grass coverage across the course, however there has been some small areas affected by a fungal disease resulting in some discoloration of the grass and a reduced growth rate, these areas will be continually monitored and action will be taken if the disease persists
The bunkers held up well during the storm in early June with only the back right hand bunker on the 18th requiring additional sand due to the washouts that occurred.
We have had a problem with the starter motor on the Toro Workman, this is currently being repaired.
We have been demoing a selection of new greens mowers to continue our ongoing machinery replacement program, the mowers include the Toro 3300, John Deere 2500 and the Jacobsen 322 hybrid. All three mowers are the leading brands in the industry.
We have recently purchased a small mobile “Root trimmer” this machine will be used primarily in the removal of exposed tree roots on fairways, this will aid in the control of problem areas for our machinery.
Trees and Gardens
The removal of several problem trees along the fence line on the 5th will be scheduled in for late June, this tree work will result in the closure of the 5th hole while the maintenance is carried out, the removal should take two days.
General repairs have been made to fix washouts after the storm damage in early June.
No vandalism or theft has been recorded in the month of May.