We had 197mm of rain for the month of February and recorded 13 days of rainfall.
Wow what a month, after battling hot dry conditions over the past 4-5 months, February saw a welcome reprieve with consistent rainfall throughout the month, several local golf course superintendents reduced their stress levels considerably.
The rain has continued into March and the overall condition of the course is great.
Greens are being cut 6 days a week.
The greens are consistent however a little on the slow side due to the frequency of the rainfall and the growth rate during this time of the year.
There has been an incidence of “Dollar Spot” disease in the greens after the rainfall, the disease was treated and the disease is now under control.
The drainage behind the 8th greens has progressed over the past few weeks and is near completion.
Tees are being cut twice a week.
Overall the tees are in good condition.
The fairways are currently cut twice a week.
Well once the drought broke we were in a great position to recover quickly from the previous heat and drought stress.
We were able to apply the growth regulator to the fairways in mid-February to help control the initial growth after the rainfall and to “tighten” up the grass, this has resulted in all the fairways being consistent with complete grass coverage across the course.
The overall condition of the fairways is excellent.
Trimming will continue every 2-3 weeks.
The bunkers are in great condition and are very consistent across the course, i.e. no complaints.
Currently all our machines are working well, with only routine maintenance being carried out.
We were fortunate to demo the latest “Toro” fairway mower, this machine is a diesel hybrid mower, the machine performed well and the quality of cut was excellent. Our current “Jacobsen” fairway mower is just over 4 years old and is up for replacement in early 2018, the Toro will certainly be considered as a future replacement.
Trees and Gardens
A large Coral tree fell down on the 8th fairway, the tree and surrounding areas were placed under GUR. The tree was removed within 2 days and the stump removed a week later. We have continued with our gradual removal of Cocos Palms.
This month in the gardens the focus has been on hedging and other pruning.
Weed control of gardens has still been a major task throughout the summer months. An herbicide called Associate is being trialed to eradicate the invasive weed, Slender Grape. Fingers crossed. Pest oil was applied to our Lily Pily hedges twice over February to control the scale insects. Good results. The welcome rain was also the perfect opportunity to continue with fertilizing the small trees and garden areas.
The Garden Party got stuck into clearing out the gardens in the western carpark. It looks great!
All garden areas are in good condition and we are still receiving lots of positive feedback.
**The next stage of our dead tree removal will include the pine tree behind the 7th green, the pine to the right-hand side of the 16th green, and the large pine at the end of the practice range.
The bridge on the 10th easement will be scheduled ASAP.
No other repairs have been necessary.
The only damage to the course was caused by the Corellas.
Mark Yates Course Superintendent