JULY 2022 GREENS REPORT
Firstly, Andy is on holidays for a fortnight.
Another very wet month which has made the course management extremely difficult and due to the weather, maintenance projects have been very limited.
Roped off areas down the 3rd and 11th have been completed so cart drivers will stay on the paths.
The bunker of the 6th has been removed and grass has been laid.
The green on the 13th prior to this latest deluge, is recovering slowly.
All dam surrounds have been brushcut and as roughs aren’t growing quickly, the course has been easier to maintain.
Hopefully this is the last of the wet weather for a few months.
MARK ELLIOTT – COURSE DIRECTOR
AUGUST 2022 GREENS REPORT
The course has finally dried out, and after a very wet winter the course has held up okay considering. However, the two greens on 7th and 15th have struggled with consecutive days of shade and very bad moisture held in the profile due to no drainage. These two greens will be over sowed next winter to help prevent the minimal grass surface throughout the cooler period. .
With renovations coming up, and with good amendments added to the greens we should see a larger improvement over the next month.
The 6th bunker has been finished and is filled in, shaped and turfed. This will come into play when we can start mowing and lowering to desired heights for play. This will most likely be opened end of September.
This month as we prepare for the growing season, we will be constructing tee surfaces that have seen larger than normal traffic, and tees that need attention to levels .
Tees we are starting on are 4th men’s and ladies’, 6th social tees, 7th men’s and ladies’, 8th and the 18th tee. Any other tees that have not seen improvement from the warmer weather will be looked at once these tees have been finished. Tees will commence straight after renovations and temporary tees will be in place for about 6-8 weeks.
These will commence on Monday and Tuesday 5th & 6th Sept. and there will be nine holes closed each morning.
Greens will be scarified at 5mm, followed by aeration of hollow cores on Tuesday. Heavy top dress with amendments will be added.
Irrigation will be constantly running throughout the week and we ask all members to please not touch any valves or sprinklers as this causes damage and money to the club.
Weeds on greens will be sprayed next week before we renovate and fertiliser applied to all tees.
I would like to mention that we have a new staff member on the greens staff Tracy, and she is great on the machines and is enjoying the course already.
ANDY BOSWELL – COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
SEPTEMBER 2022 GREENS REPORT
Course renovations were completed and after three weeks, the greens are slowly moving back after a heavy treatment of scarification and hollow coring. We didn’t see much rain at all following the sanding, and this year it is has shown that the sand is taking a little bit longer to settle within the surface. We should see full recovery within a few weeks before our Nambour Open.
Re tee construction, this month we have been busy on top of renovations and course maintenance with resurfacing some tees. The 6th,18th and 4th tees have been completed and will be open for the Nambour Open. The 8th and 7th tees, which includes a new ladies tee on the 7th, are currently being constructed this week with finishing turf layed next Tuesday 4th.
These tees will not be ready within two weeks for the Open, however, I will assess the condition to see if we can at least use the areas of the plates on the new turf just for the Open and then close off until they are better established.
The 17th tee is also on our list of ones to construct due to the bad levels, as we have enough work on our hands including preparation for the Open and concentrating on our greens and irrigation. This will be looked at in the near future and be completed before the end of the year.
The 6th bunker that was filled in and turfed is now in play.
During the next few weeks the team will be preparing the course with snipping all drains, dams and banks. Fairways and green surrounds will be fertilised. Weed spraying and continuous watering will be applied to greens and new tees.
Greens are currently being mowed at 4mm, and this week we are able to put the roller on and will continue rolling and lowering heights of the greens mower down to 3.5mm over the next two weeks.
We also have new equipment such as tee markers, flags, flag poles and hole cups that will be placed on the course for the Open.
ANDY BOSWELL – COURSE SUPERINTENDENT