With our Winter months now behind us the Spring renovations have commenced with 12mm solid tyning of our greens to a depth of 150mm to relieve the compaction of our substrate, scarifying the bent grass surfaces to remove thatch and applying dry fertilisation and soil nutrients prior to top dressing. This renovation is imperative to ensure our greens remain to a high standard and although it is a minor inconvenience over a 14 day period your green surfaces will quickly return to excellent playing conditions in readiness for our major golfing season.
Our tees have also been solid tyned following moist conditions in August and again will receive fertilisation and top dressing in conjunction with the greens renovations.
You will have noticed the addition of top-up bunker sand to many of our greenside bunkers which had also compacted during the winter period. A new type of bunker sand sourced from Cowra has been used and is receiving favorable feedback from members. Its a good time to also remind golfers to take care in raking their footprints and depressions left after extracting their ball from the bunker and leave the bunker in a good state for others that may follow. Drainage lines have also been cleared to some bunkers and is ongoing to remove unwanted tree roots and built up sand to enable improved and quicker water removal during storm periods.
We have recorded 47mm of rainfall during August and with the recent 43mm received last weekend our main storage dam is now at full capacity. All we need now is to get some good follow up rainfall to increase our low levels in the turkey nest dam and we may get ourselves thru Summer which unfortunately is forecast to be similar to last years dry summer period.
The irrigation lines have been installed to the 4th green in readiness for removal of the kikuyu grass to the front apron area and placement of South African couch as installed to our fairways. This installation is programmed for late October when the couch grasses are coming out of dormancy and good growth is anticipated during the warmer November period. Again there will be some inconvenience whilst the grasses are being established and will have some impact on play of the hole for a short period. The new mounding to the left of the green will be turfed using the discarded kikuyu from the green apron with some over seeding added in conjunction.
The men’s 8th tee is programmed to be re-leveled after our Open Championship in late November that will include taking the turf up, storing, applying new soils and leveling the surface prior to then re-laying the turf. The same process will apply to the rear teeing ground on the 7th Hole along with leveling and placement of new turf to the front red and white course teeing ground.
The new concrete and synthetic matting have been installed to our practice fairways to provide alternate hitting areas to our grassed practice teeing surfaces. These new mats are welcomed by our golfing instructors and members and will enable renovations to be undertaken to improve the turf quality to the practice tees and rotations programmed to allow turf repairs more regularly. Golfers are reminded not to hit any club that carries beyond the tree line and our course boundaries from our practice teeing grounds. An additional mat is to be positioned for demonstration days only for longer Clubs to be used such as fairway woods and drivers adjacent to the large tree adjoining the 18th green.
The pathway leading from the 1st tee to the fairway has received favorable comments from our members and visitors alleviating the previous dangerous descent to start you round. Additional works are planned to complete this pathway over the coming weeks.
Our ground staff will be treating and spraying our Elm trees during September to alleviate further damage from Elm Leaf Beetle. This treatment will include trunk injections, canopy spraying and soil injection around the root zone. This will be our second season of treatment and with successful applications should see a reduction to the damage observed over the past 2 years.