Greens Report November – 2023
Much needed rain finally came this month with just a couple of decent storms the course has greened up a little. It’s still very dry and our dam levels are low but is now manageable.
Rough is being mowed every week, and although the grass isn’t growing rapidly, we will continue to cover all areas for tidiness from leaves etc. Fairways are also being mowed every week.
Green surrounds and an application of fertiliser to the tees are seeing us mowing these areas twice a week also.
Overall, the mowers are now in full flight and the course is looking great for the dry conditions.
Greens are in good shape with a little fairy ring still present in a couple of greens.
I have applied two fungicides and the issue is under control.
All dams and banks have been snipped.
The new tee sign on the 17th has been installed, and as we move into the new year we will be starting to replace all tee signs. These will continue with the same design as the new sign on the 1st hole.
The 14th retaining wall has seen its final days. It has lasted for years but has finally started to rot and fall apart. I have roped off the area and we will begin replacing this in the new year.
Apart from this month with struggling with water and the heat, moving into the new year will hopefully with it the odd storms which will be a great summer for the course. The greens are in perfect condition and I am happy with how the year has ended.
A quick rundown of a few things we have accomplished for the course this year:
- New tee signs have been replaced
- Brand new mat installed on 6th tee
- Brand new 17th tee was installed
- New seat path installed
- Over 300 metres of new cart path on the 7th hole was completed
- New 13th tee path was installed
- 16th tee path entrance from 15th green was fixed
- 7th green drainage was installed
- 3rd bunker had new drainage installed
- 4th bunker was filled in and turfed
- New equipment upgraded, flags hole cups, flag poles etc.
- All new rubbish bins added
- 6th overhanging trees were taken down, 4th dead trees were removed
- All stumps on 18th & 9th holes were stump grinded and will continue the rest in the new year
- Two fences were put up for the 5th & 7th for the dry conditions
- Two fences on 14th & 8th were installed due to Unity water requirements for a lower cost for the club in water rates for effluent use
- A course ute was purchased for hand watering
- A new tractor was purchased
- New greens mower will arrive after Christmas
- 17th and 15th greens were vandalised and the repair work from the boys was fantastic and now not noticeable
I am sure I have missed some others but it has been a very successful improvement year for the club.
I would lastly like to thank all members of our club for your support, and a huge thanks in particular to Kim Evans, Richard Meiers, Peter Hughes, Ron Newton, Dennis Kwong, the ladies’ group for all the garden work, and any other members I have missed for all your volunteer help throughout the year. It was all very much appreciated!
I hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas and will see you next year.
ANDY BOSWELL – COURSE SUPERINTENDENT