Superintendents Report – November 2015
We had 56.5mm of rain for the month of November and recorded 9 days of rainfall. Our last recorded rainfall was on the 23rd November. It’s now been 16 days with out any substantial rain. The forecast is for the possibility of a late shower/thunderstorm throughout this week…. Fingers crossed!
The overall condition of the course is still good but showing signs of dryness in some fairway areas. At the moment there are some minor issues re a break down at the Bombo Treatment Works which they hope to have rectified before the weekend. (12-13 Dec) So our current supply of treated water is limited to zero.
We are now into the busy time of the year with the grass starting to grow and with favourable weather condition for weeds, pests and disease. We have a good management strategy in place to eliminate any outbreaks.
The greens are still playing well with a lot of positive member feed back. 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 with regular fertilization for plant recovery.
We have also now introduced the rolling of greens hopefully twice a week. This should improve green speed and smoothness of ball roll.
Tees are still being cut once a week but starting to show signs of wear mainly from lack of rainfall. Otherwise we will continue to manage these areas to a good standard.
The fairways were being cut twice a week through November but with the lack of recent rainfall we have pushed this back to once a week usually Thursday / Friday ready for weekend play.
The recent application of ‘primo’ has really kicked now so we now have controlled growth. We will continue this scheduled program of application to maintain their high quality.
We are still trimming 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 being raked a minimum of 3 times a week and are playing well.
At this stage all machinery is operating well with no major problems.
Trees and Gardens
We still plan on removing several more problem trees over the coming months. Overall the garden areas are good with the ongoing maintenance of these areas.
The overall condition of the pathways is good and no repairs have been required.
Unfortunately we had our back flow prevention valve stolen off the main water meter near the 12 green. This had to be replaced at an expense.
- 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.