Superintendents Report – October 2015
We had 26mm of rain for the month of October and recorded 4 days of rainfall.
The overall condition of the course is great and continues to improve with favorable weather conditions.
October was a great month for golf with the men’s club championships and the senior PGA Pro-Am.
We are now entering the busy time of the year with the grass starting to grow and with favorable weather condition for Weeds, Pests and disease.
The greens have played well over the past month with a lot of positive feed back after the Pro-Am. We are continuing our wintergrass program with yet another application of the product “shortstop” and we have increase the rate of the product “primo” to reduce the growth rate.
Tees are currently being cut once a week.
We fertilized the tees in mid October and the results have been good with healthy grass coverage on all of the tees.
The fairways are currently cut twice a week.
The fairways received their first application of the growth regulator “primo”,
and liquid fertilizer, this resulted in the fairways looking and playing great for our events throughout October.
A second application is due in mid November.
We are currently trimming the bunkers every 3 weeks.
Most of the larger sands chunks have been removed from the bunkers following the addition of the new sand in mid September.
Bunkers are raked at least 3 times a week and are playing well.
We have managed to source some large diameter rollers to fit into our old greens mower cutting heads, this modification should provide a heavier unit with a greater rolling factor for the greens, these units will be utilized when we roll for the removal of dew and to also incorporate a cut and roll program to improve both the smoothness and speed of the greens.
Trees and Gardens
We have removed another dead pine tree from the left hand side of the 18th fairway near the new mounding.
We are hoping to remove several more problem trees over the next month.
The overall condition of the pathways is good and no repairs have been required since the August floods.
We have recorded no vandalism or theft during the month of September.
- Western car park retaining wall
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- 3rd tee pathway.
- Soil mounding on the 10th.
Mark Yates Course Superintendent
Stuart Miller Assistant Superintendent.