11 Jan 18

THE GRASS IS GROWING BEHIND US

Summer has been hot and humid - the grass loves it. How is the "Green Team" managing?

Weather
conditions for December were excellent with rainfall exceeding 200mm for the
month and this has kept the course green and lush with having plenty of
sunshine for golf play.
With
having these hot, humid conditions we are currently mowing fairways, tees and
green surrounds twice a week including our large amount of rough area that has
been cut to a height as low as possible for our machines.

While
December is the start to our busy months of growth, any project will be
postponed and discussed in the next quarter.

Removal of weeds (Greens)
You
may have noticed small divot holes filled with sand to a few greens including,
1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 11. I prefer to use this practise for removal of weeds
rather than using a chemical application. The reason for this is most chemicals
used on 328 and blue couch greens are to control weeds, not kill.

I
have the intention to remove and improve the greens that we haven’t yet lost
due to large contamination of carpet grass, with greens such as the 2nd
and 5th . This has been discussed about resurfacing in the later
future.

There
are times that we have to use chemicals, including around green surrounds and
tee tops. This is due to the large amount of area to control under time
management. We have made a start and will continue over the next month.

Renovations
Renovations
will be held on 12th and 13th February, and will be
medium to heavy including:
A deep scarify of 4mm to remove
thatch.
9mm solid tine core which is our
aeration practice, followed by a medium to heavy top dress.
9 holes will be closed each day, so
please see office for further information.

As
the green staff are very busy snipping dams, banks, paths and edges while
watching the rough grow behind us, I wish everybody a Happy New year and happy
golfing.

ANDY
BOSWELL - COURSE SUPERINTENDENT