Green Keepers Blog October
We had 37mm of rain for the month of October and recorded 6 days of rainfall.
October was a very busy month for the greenstaff with major events throughout the month including four rounds of men’s club championships, Ladies WGI tournament over three consecutive days and followed by the Senior Pro Am.
The course has held up well despite some difficult weather conditions including dry westerly wind and minimal rainfall.
Also during this time, I was lucky enough to be enjoying a 3-week family holiday to the United States.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new mechanic Gary Slow to the greenstaff crew. Gary is a fitter and turner by trade and has a great knowledge on all things mechanical, he has already proven himself and has adjusted quickly to his new position. After not having a mechanic for nearly four months he certainly had a bit of catching up in the machinery repair and maintenance department.
Greens are being cut 5-6 days a week.
The greens have been running well during the month however I have heard that they were a little firm and fast for the 1st round of the championships. (Blame Stuart for this one).
We are continuing our “primo” program with good results, and we are starting another growth regulator product called “Shortstop”, this product targets the Winter grass and suppresses the seed head and reduces the tufted growth habit resulting in smoother and more consistent greens.
Tees are being cut once a week and this will increase to twice a week as the weather conditions continue to favor turfgrass growth.
Overall the tees are in good condition.
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.
Some dry areas have started to appear near the edges of the fairways were the tree roots are taking most of the valuable water supply.
We must keep in mind that irrigation is only good when supported by consistent rainfall, during long spells of dry weather or strong winds we will see a deterioration in turf quality when irrigation cannot replace the water lost from the plant through evapotranspiration.
Bunkers have been raked a dozen or more times over the month due to the frequency of competition play, consistency and presentation being our main focus for the bunkers.
We are looking at options for the grass face on the 5th bunker to create some stability, this might include the placing of plastic mesh on the face and allow the grass to grow through it resulting in an area that will not allow a golf ball to plug in the grassed area.
With the appointment of our new mechanic in early October everything is running smoothly at the moment and all the machines are sharp and cutting well.
With the financial assistance from our Veteran members to the sum of $2000, we have been able to purchase a quality second hand greens roller from a group one Sydney golf course. These machines really hold their value and do not become available very often.
The purchase of this greens roller will greatly improve the smoothness of the green surface and aid in the quick recovery of the surface after aeration with the coring machine.
So, thanks again to our Veteran committee for their generous donation.
Trees and Gardens
It has been a very busy month with tree and fence line spraying.
Helen has had to hand water trees and garden beds frequently due to the dry windy conditions and continue with the garden mulching, hedging, pruning of shrubs and the planting of new plants donated by our members.
Helen has also fertilized garden beds and young trees with liquid fertilizer and dynamic lifter, again in preparation for the summer months.
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.
Thank You Mark Yates