Another dry month experienced in October whereby we only received 12mm of rainfall being our 2nd lowest monthly recording of the year. Only 392mm rainfall has been recorded at our Course this year placing added pressure on our course staff to manage our precious water supplies to maintain our top class golf course during the upcoming summer months.
Although we have received some welcomed rain in early November to “freshen up” the course we will require good follow up rainfall to assist our irrigation management practices. Our bore water supplies are holding up satisfactorily however the main storage and feeder dam on the 17th hole is the only dam that has any water remaining (19 megalitres) as our turkeys nest dam is now empty. In October we used 9 megalitres to irrigate our course all be it mainly tees, greens and surrounds with the odd fairway watering undertaken. In 2018 our monthly water usage was 11 megalitres per month during the summer months so be prepared for less than favorable course conditions unless we received some storm activity soon. The strong wind conditions of late have not assisted us at all with our greens staff now hand watering areas to ensure turf does not disintegrate.
Greens are being cut at 3mm with a turf growth regulator applied during the summer months.
Given our concerns with our water supplies our course has been presented to a very good standard for our Tournament season and continues to receive excellent comments from our visiting golfers.
Some key projects have commenced including removal of turf and top dressing to the storm water drainage lines on the 8th and 2nd fairways. Further repairs to these drain lines is programmed during November and with some continuous top dressing we will eventually have these drainage line depressions eliminated from our fairways. Completion of the kikuyu removal to the aprons in front of the 4th and 12th greens is programmed to be undertaken with the same turf replacement programmed for the apron to the front of the 11th hole thereafter.