We had 42.5mm of rain for the month of April and recorded 6 days of rainfall.
The heaviest day of rain was 26mm on the 17.4.2016.
The overall condition of the course is good with weather conditions still favorable for good grass growth.
We have removed the majority of the” bull rushes” from the 10th dam surrounds, this has definitely improved the aesthetics of this area and should make finding your ball a little bit easier if you hit it in this area.
As we enter the month of May and the threat of disease to the greens diminishes, we can reflect on a great season of disease management where our programs have performed well, we have basically gone through the peak season of disease with approximately 95%+ success rate.
We have had some incidence of pest activity notably the presence of the insect
“Argentine Stem Weevil” throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months, this pest has the potential to cause major damage if uncontrolled, we have suffered some damage during the season however our programs have limited the damage and the turf grass recovery has been good.
Tees are being cut twice a week and are in good condition.
We are still getting plenty of growth and recovery from divots.
We now have sand bins on all par 3 tees to aid in the recovery of player’s divots, we have noticed that the bins are not used as often as we had anticipated.
The fairways are currently cut twice a week in a cross cut pattern, this frequency will continue until after the men’s foursome championships in late May.
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
Throughout the first two weeks of May, the bunkers will be raked at least 4-5 times a week due to the ladies Championships and the veterans golf day.
Bunkers have held up well and have been very consistent throughout the month.
The problem with the charging system on the greens mower has been rectified with a replaceable wiring relay.
The wood chipper will be served in preparation for the winter months as we will be removing several problem trees ASAP.
Trees and Gardens
Helen has recently planted 20+ “New Guinea Impatiens” around the practice putting green, this should provide a bit of color for this area.
We have removed a dead pine tree from the new mound on the 10th as well as a dead pine from the left hand side of the first green.
Two melaleuca’s have been removed from the beginning of the first fairway and near the seventh green.
We have recently rebuilt the walkway bridge on the 8th with all associated cost paid for by the Kiama Golf Club Veterans with a kind donation of $600.
Five members of the garden party used their expertise to stain the bridge and the log wall in front of the 8th green.
Thank you for the ongoing contributions of both the Veterans and the garden party.
Two flags sticks have been stolen from the 10th green during the month of April, these sticks have not been recovered.
- Western car park retaining wall
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- 3rd tee pathway.
- Soil mounding on the 10th.
- Chipping green renovations and re seeding.