We had 76mm of rain for the month of August and had 4 days of rain recorded.
August has been a busy month with our annual green renovations carried out in the early part of the month and despite a minor setback with the weather the greens recovery has been good.
Despite the rainfall in early August that prevented us from top dressing half of the greens after renovations for an extra week, I have been happy with the overall recovery from the annual maintenance and after 5 weeks I am happy with the condition going into one of the busiest time in our golfing calendar including events such as the Minnamurra bowl, WGI tournament, Men’s club championship, Senior Pro-Am, Ladies open and Junior Masters.
Tees are being cut once a week and the growth and recovery has been good for this time of the year.
A spring renovation will occur over the next few weeks.
The fairways are currently cut once a week in a 50/50 pattern.
The overall condition of the fairways is excellent with complete grass coverage across the course.
The small areas affected by the winter disease are already showing good signs of recovery due to the warmer weather and increased growth, we are in great condition as we enter the growing season with forecast rain in the coming weeks.
The bunkers are in good condition and are raked on competition days, there is a good consistency across all bunkers on the course.
We have used a hose to remove the built up sand on the 5th bunker, this will result in the surrounds being GUR for the next couple of weeks, this bunker has certainly changed shape over the past 16 months since the rebuild.
We kept the new Jacobsen greens mower off the greens over the past month due to the excess sand on the surface, this sand would quickly blunt the cylinders and blades. We certainly noticed the quality of cut and appearance on the greens when we started using it again in early September.
At the moment we are still in the selection mode for the placement of a new mechanic, hopefully this position will be filled by the end of September.
Trees and Gardens
It has been a very busy month in the gardens with hedging and mulching of all the gardens on the course, this hard work will pay dividends with great weed control as we enter the full growing season, the gardens are going into full bloom and are looking great.
Spraying under the pine trees and fence lines will continue over the next month to help control the weeds.
The bridge on the 10th easement will be scheduled ASAP.
No other repairs have been necessary.
Thank You Mark Yates