Superintendents Report – June 2016
We had 304mm of rain for the month of June.
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 its usual high standard.
Unfortunately, our mechanic Brett Heeley has been offered a machinist job in a high end motor dealership in Sydney, he has accepted the position and will now be working on Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini’s etc, a bit of a step up from Toro and Jacobsen mowers, Brett has been a fantastic employee during his time with Kiama golf club and I wish him and his family all the best for the future.
Our annual greens renovations are coming up in early August, we have them scheduled in for 1.8.2016. The renovations should take 2-3 days to complete with favorable weather.
We have recently taken soil tests from greens 1, 5 and 14, these test results showed a deficiency in Calcium and Magnesium, and a very high reading in unavailable Phosphorus brought about by high accumulated bi-carbonates (Sodium Na), we will start a fertilizer program to slowly rectify these problems, starting with the addition of gypsum during the greens renovations.
We are currently cutting four times a week and using our greens roller to remove the dew on none competition days.
The greens have been consistent throughout the month.
Tees are being cut once a fortnight and are in good condition for this time of year.
The fairways are currently cut once a fortnight in a 50/50 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 are in good condition and are raked on competition days, there is a good consistency across all bunkers on the course.
We have selected the Jacobsen 322 Hybrid diesel greensmower as the next part of our machinery replacement program, this mower offers hybrid technology and ease of operation with fuel savings of around $1500/ year on this machine alone.
The new machine will be delivered in mid-July.
We have recently replaced the bottom blades on the fairway mower, this is generally completed during the winter months so that the machine in great cutting condition as we enter the growing season in October.
Trees and Gardens
The removal of several problem trees along the fence line on the 5th has been rescheduled for late July due to a back log of work for the arborist due to the storms in early June and frequent wet weather in early July, this tree work will result in the closure of the 5th and 13th holes while the maintenance is carried out, the removal should take two days.
We have been busy with our own tree maintenance with the removal of seven dead/ problem trees on the course, the removal has taken place on the LHS of the 7th fairway with four trees removed, RHS of the 12th fairway (two trees) and one big pine from the practice tee area.
General repairs have been made to fix washouts after the storm damage in early June.
We have cleaned out the blocked up pipe on the old foot bridge on the Eastern side of the 10th dam, this has relieved some of the problems with the flow of urban runoff from Charles avenue.
A new pedestrian bridge will be built in the coming future.
No vandalism or theft has been recorded in the month of May.