Superintendents Report – August 2015
We had 295mm of rain for the month of August and recorded 7 days of rainfall. Most of the rain occurred when we received 288mm in the space of 3 days.
Despite the huge down pour from 10am Monday to 3pm Wednesday we were still open with carts on Thursday morning. All other Golf Courses in the Illawarra were closed until at least the weekend.
The overall condition of the course is still very good.
You can certainly feel that spring is just around the corner and the grass is just starting to green up and grow a little.
Overall I have been happy with how the greens have recovered after the annual greens renovations carried out in early August.
The heavy rainfall has washed some core holes out however the greens will receive another dusting shortly.
Tees are currently cut every fortnight, this will increase to weekly over the next month as the weather warms up and growth increases.
An application of a selective herbicide will be applied in mid September to remove any cool season grass and to promote warm season grass growth without competition.
The fairways are currently cut every fortnight and like tees this will increase shortly.
The overall condition is good with only a small amount of disease scaring present on some fairways, these areas are showing good signs of recovery as we enter spring.
Bunkers have received a major overhaul during the past 3 weeks with all bunkers topped up with fresh sand. This is aimed at making all the bunkers as consistent as possible across the course.
We have used natural sand that unfortunately has some “chunky bits” in it.
We are removing as much of the debris from the bunkers every time we rake them, I do apologize for any inconvenience.
This sand is extremely cost effective and is the only way we can afford to continue the bunker program.
All current machinery is running well at the moment.
Trees and Gardens
Helen has sourced some replacement trees similar to the “Brushbox” trees situated on the right hand side of the 18th green.
These trees grow well in this environment and have a nice full canopy that can provide protection from stray golf balls, they also have a deep root system so they will not pose a risk to players. We will be planting approximately 20 plants over the next month.
Unfortunately due to the torrential rainfall in August we have had to carry out several pathway repairs.
The retaining wall on the second has moved out of line and this will be repaired over the coming weeks.
We have had someone let off an fire cracker of some sort in the cup on the 17th green, this resulted in a burnt cup (we cleaned it off) and the damage to the grass around the hole, this damage is showing some slow recovery and will eventually heal itself, the damage does not affect play but is discoloured compared to the rest of the green
- Western car park retaining wall
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- 3rd tee pathway.
- Soil mounding on the 10th.