The big dry continued in April with no rainfall being recorded at Duntryleague putting added pressure on our already limited water supplies however with good irrigation management our course remained in a good shape for our Club Championships.
The addition of the new bore on our 18th fairway has been our saving grace this year providing just enough water supply to ensure irrigation of the tees, greens and the surrounds being maintained to a good standard. The flow rates for this new bore and the improved flows from the bore on the 12th hole is a promising sign that these water resources can be sustained for so time ahead.
The dry conditions impacted on completing our cyclical pre-emergent weed control measures however a post emergent spraying program will now be undertaken before the winter dormant period sets in. Other maintenance works underway is the replacement of several sprinkler heads, lifting and leveling of valve boxes including several sprinkler heads around the course.
A program to improve our bunkers will commence over the next quarter with leveling of the sub base, tilling of compacted sands and clearing of drainage lines. This much needed bunker maintenance will improve the playability from the bunkers and with the education for our golfers to rake the sand back towards the center of the bunker and not towards the edges of the bunkers should see a markedly improved result.
Trimming of tree branches and the removal of several dead trees around the course is also programmed for the winter months.
Golfers are reminded to repair their pitch marks on the greens and repair their divots particularly when softer playing conditions prevail so that our course remains to a high standard for us all to enjoy. Cart users are also requested to remain cart access outside the restricted “blue line” areas around our greens so that our turf conditions are not severely impacted during the slower growing season.