What a great month of golf we have had, some amazing scores and we have been having lots of members participating each week. We look forward to the autumn months when the weather is cooler. The ground staff continue to do an amazing job with the course considering the lack of rain.
The Spring renovations have been completed to our greens along with the clearing of drainage lines to our bunkers. The cooler weather conditions experienced immediately after the renovations unfortunately slowed the recovery period however our Course Superintendent is confident the putting surfaces will return to their best for our October and Summer golfing events. The good rainfall over the past week was most welcomed and with the warmer Spring weather on the horizon our fairways and greens will return to an exceptional standard for all to enjoy.
The top dressing and another application of fertiliser for our tees is programmed for the month of October following their recent aeration. This work will also be completed in conjunction with the levelling and laying of turf to the 7th and 8th teeing areas. The course maintenance crew have also completed spraying to suppress any weed growth and treated the greens for fusarium (fungal growth).
The seeding of the new mounding on the 3rd and 4th holes have germinated and with some tender care should be in a playable condition by mid-late November. Preparations are underway with spraying for the removal of the kikuyu grass to the front apron on the 4th hole undertaken in readiness for sodding and replacement with couch grass. These works are proposed following the Ladies Tournament on the 22-26 October.
Cart paths continue to be expanded to our course with the a new path to the east and rear of the 2nd green now constructed. The establishing of restricted cart areas around our greens to within 6-10 meters of our greens assists in turf recovery and improves the playing surfaces for all golfers to enjoy. Our cart users are requested to comply by keeping their carts outside the “blue line” areas so that wear and tear areas around our greens are minimised and turf growth can be effectively managed by our greens staff.
The elm trees have received their treatment for elm beetle (injection and canopy spraying) so hopefully we will see minimal damage to these trees during this Summer period. Our green thumb brigade under the leadership of Bronwyn Ryan have our Clubhouse gardens looking a treat and again enhance the wonderful experience that members and guests enjoyment of our botanic garden at Duntryleague. Our dad’s army of volunteers continue to impress and have completed a good tidy up of tree branches and fallen bark from those “ugly gums” around our course. These works not only add to the appearance of our course but assist in the play-ability of each hole when the odd errant shot may be fired toward the tree line. Thank you to the wonderful band of volunteers who assist our greens staff in providing a high quality golfing venue at Duntryleague.