Superintendents Blog – November 2014
We had 61mm of rain for the month of November and recorded just 5 days
We had 52mm of this rain in 1 day.
We had a period between the middle of October to the end of November were we had only 6mm of rainfall.
The drought has definitely broken and we are now getting thunderstorms on a daily basis.
The greens have had an increase in growth due to the rainfall and increased humidity and heat, the frequency of the rainfall has resulted in a slower putting surface due to the moisture and grass growth.
I will increase the rate and frequency of the growth regulator; this should increase the overall consistency of the greens surface.
The tees have recovered well after a dry spring.
We are currently cutting the tees twice a week.
The fairways are in great condition, with full grass coverage and weed free; there is a little bit of disease due to the consistent moist conditions however this will recover quickly when conditions are favourable.
I will apply a growth regulator in mid December; this will result in an even tighter and even playing surface.
Wow, we have never put so much work into the bunkers as we have over the past 2 weeks due to the increase thunder storm activity, often taking 3-4 staff members 5 hours to get the bunkers into an acceptable condition for competition play only to see the hard work washed away in the next down poor of rain.
All machinery is currently in working order as we approach our busiest time of the year.
Trees and Gardens
Several trees are in need of immediate removal and will be attended to ASAP notably the large pine near the practice tee.
We have been continually repairing washouts to the pathways due to the recent storms.
We have not recorded any problem during November.
Western car park retaining wall
- Continue Round up spraying under pine trees, gardens, course boundaries and dams.
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- 3rd tee pathway.