We had 75.5mm of rain for the month of June and recorded 5 days of rainfall. The highest reading for 1 day was 43mm.
The overall condition of the course is still very good.
There has been some very heavy dew’s in the mornings but only two small frosts so far.
We have replaced the fence around the practice putting green due to safety issues with the rusty old fence.
We had a small amount of the disease “Winter fusarium” on several of the greens in early June, however this was treated and has since fully recovered.
Brett our new mechanic has made up a set of roller heads for our old greens mower, this enables us to roll the greens on a daily basis to remove the dew early in the morning, this is both time saving and cost effective because we can operate the machine at a faster pace than when we cut and there is no wear and tear on the cutting cylinders.
The greens are rolling well but there are still quite a few pitch marks on the greens.
A reminder that we have our annual greens renovations due on the 3rd of August weather permitting.
We are currently cutting 3 times per week and rolling every other day if there is heavy dew present.
The tees are in good condition although starting to show some signs of wear. There has been some Winter grass seed germination in some of the couch tees, this will be sprayed out in July to continue our overall winter grass program. We are cutting tees every 3 weeks.
The fairways are in great condition with only slight problems in front of the 1st green where there is some fairway disease.
The fairway disease Fusarium has been treated and is currently not active however there is still some scaring in some areas.
We are currently cutting once a month due to the lack of growth and the success of the winter grass program.
During the winter months we will again stock pile some white sand and then top up some of the worst bunkers on the course starting with the front right bunker on the 4th
We are still drafting a plan to increase the size of this green.
Trees and Gardens
There has been major weed removal from the garden behind the 8th green and replaced with several plantings of Salvia and Geranium’s.
We have had a quiet month for tree maintenance although Helen has been able to mulch most of the gardens with some help from other greenstaff and the garden party.
There have been new annual plantings around the practice putting green to bring a bit of colour to the area.
We have started a major overhaul of the surrounds near the 2nd green, this has included the installation of a timber retaining wall and we will be using plastic grids for the pathway, these grids have been supplied by Geohex through one of our members John Holloway and A+ Plastics.
The Kiama Veterans have kindly donated the money for this project and I thank them for their continued support.
We have recorded no vandalism or bird damage during the month of June
Western car park retaining wall
- Continue Round up spraying under pine trees, gardens, course boundaries and dams.
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- 3rd tee pathway. We have finalized our quote and spoken with Geoff Peters regarding this.
- Soil mounding on the 10th.
- We have completed the new fence around the practice putting green.