August GreenKeepers Blog

Superintendents Report –August 2018

During the month of August, we received 43mm of rainfall and recorded rainf on 6 days. This has definitely had a good visual impact for the start to spring especially on our fairways and greens after their mini renovation.

Greens staff have maintained focus on debris removal from the playing surfaces due to the strong consistent winds.

Greens

Greens have responded well after their mini renovation along with the 43mm of rain. We are continuing with our nutrition and ‘poa’ control programs that we put in place last season. Greens are currently being cut 3-4 times a week depending on growth and our play schedule.

We will continue applying the selective herbicide to control the encroaching Kikuyu into the greens surface. This treatment will be ongoing every 3-4 weeks and is a cost-effective control for the kikuyu. We are currently obtaining quotes from our trade suppliers into the cost of bent grass seed. We will be looking at the cost to possibly over sowing these treated areas.

Tees

All tees have now been cored. We have applied a broadleaf herbicide to control the spring germinating weeds. A second application of a soluble fertiliser will take place over the coming weeks.

Tees are currently in good condition and being cut once a week.

Fairways

Our fairways have also responded well with the August rain. We have applied a soluble fertiliser to our fairways which now have good colour and showing good definition and are in great condition. Fairways are currently being cut once a week. We will be applying a broadleaf herbicide to areas on the fairways to control clover and other small weeds.

Machinery

With spring upon us all machinery is in good working order. Gary is maintaining all our equipment at his usual high professional standard.

Bunkers

Our bunkers are consistent across the course and are still raked 3-4 times a week. Our bunker edges are still showing signs of prolonged drought stress. I’m sure with the recent rain and hopefully the re-introduction of the irrigation water soon this will eventually alleviate this stress.

Trees and Gardens

Our tree removal program is ongoing. Any chance we get to remove a ‘dead’ tree we do! Stacey Cullam our new horticulturalist has fitted in very well. She has already had a huge impact with her outstanding work in the selected areas in which she has attacked. This has been helped with assistance of our monthly garden party with good numbers showing up to help Stacey.

 Pathways

The recent rain had caused a few minor washouts in some areas. These paths were quickly repaired. Our pathways are currently showing signs of some urgent attention. We have started to replace the timber on our seats along with repositioning some seats so that they may be utilised more. A big thanks to Neil Phillips for supplying the hard wood.

Vandalism

The only issue we had was 1 stolen flag stick from the 10th green (again). We have now placed one of the old flag sticks on this green. With club championships approaching we will replace this flag stick the morning of each round and might I suggest that the Proshop staff remove this flag off this green prior to closing up or if need be I could come back and remove it?

Regards  Stuart Miller / Acting Superintendent