Welcome to our first edition of Course News for 2020 where we keep our members and guests abreast of whats happening around our wonderful golf course.
The harsh Summer months have certainly tested course superintendent Grant and his team at Fairways Course Management to keep our course “alive” in arguably the hottest and driest weather conditions experienced in our District for many years. Our course has been pummeled for weeks on end from high temperatures and strong and persistent wind conditions that have impacted our ability to maintain our course to its consistently high standard. Early in the summer season, the Club implemented stronger water conservation programs to ensure we had a water resource to get us through this harsh season.
Irrigating our course has been limited to our tees, greens and surrounds during the last 2 months of 2019 however further restrictions were implemented in January to water greens only with course staff also required to hand water greens daily to minimise turf damage. Many members also assisted with hand watering of tees and providing water extracted from their own bores, a gesture very much appreciated by the Board, Grant Barrett and our members at Duntryleague. Our volunteers have also assisted Grant in the removal of the many trees impacted by the drought conditions – particularly our silver birch trees and the disposal of tree debris that resulted from the high wind conditions. Thank you to all.
After all of this, in late January and over the initial weeks of February we have received 100mm of rainfall and with cooler temperatures now prevailing assists in the recovery of our fairways and aesthetics of our course. These conditions along with improved forecast rainfall during our storm season should see our course return to its brilliant best for our Autumn events.
Our course maintenance has now turned to the greens renovations programmed for the 17th and 18th February with greens being cored to a depth of 140mm with 12mm tynes, fertilised and top dressed. Course staff have sprayed for cut worm to our greens collars and surrounds and fertilised our tees to improve turf conditioning. Spraying areas affected by black beetle has also been completed.
Our Club Championships are scheduled to commence in March followed by the Matchplay rounds leading into April. The NSW Seniors Championships are also scheduled for our course during April so with good weather conditions prevailing Duntryleague will be in tip top condition for these blue ribbon events. I am sure Grant and his team will present our course in immaculate condition and we wish him well with his preparations.