Saturday, September 29, 2012

Capel 3000 organised and flexible

The past 2 weeks has been all about this weekend’s Capel 3000, I think I have covered enough of what we do for these type of events previously in the blog not to bore you with the details once again, as you’re playing you will notice the great condition the course is in, suffice to say it has been an incredibly busy period and once again I thank the staff and volunteers who have helped prepare the course for this weekend’s event.

The last week hasn’t been the smoothest of lead up weeks we have had, with different factors out of our control playing havoc with our plans, Members comps on Tuesday and Thursday, the Ladies 36hole 4’s champs on Wednesday and the extra competition on Friday as the warm up for the 3000 made sure we were working very flexible hours around these events in order to complete the course conditioning,. Along with these events we received 27mm rain through the week, even some small hail, some machinery hiccups and also still short staffed,( soon to be rectified) we overcome all these issues through being organised yet flexible.

As the title suggests, this what I mean when you hear me say we need to be extremely organised due to the small staff size to know what where and when and who of the works to do, yet very flexible in the way we attack things for if not, either competition rounds are disrupted or some works do not get done. We are fortunate to have a staff at present who do not mind the chopping and changing of work hours to suit the golf course and not themselves.

For a bit of colour the wild flowers on 16 are flowering.

Stay tuned early next week for some updates on staff news and reminders for our renovations.
Good luck to all playing in the Capel 3000,  enjoy.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Spring has Sprung

Had to do a quick re think with this post, I had planned to use a few photo's from my phone of all things Spring, hopefully not a sign of things to come but the phone is at the shop under warranty repair and so are the photo's.............

Spring has sprung and I wish I could say the work has too, but in reality the staff have been hard at it all winter in one of the busiest yet, with the unprecedented storm damage back in June and being 1 staff down for the whole period, it is basically just a continuation from last summer.
The next 6 to 8  weeks are set to be even crazier with renovations, ( greens tees and front 9 fairways), the chipping green construction, 16th mound construction just to name a few on top of normal course work which includes increased mowing frequencies now the grass is starting to grow, and the irrigation side of things. Actually in some sick and weird way I am looking forward to it!!!
During this time, as many know I do the blog in my own time, with increased odd hours being spent on the course and balancing that with family I can’t guarantee the blog will be updated regularly though I will try as best I can.
Last week we finally managed to get on the course to spray all the broadleaf weeds ending a frustrating 4 week period waiting for suitable weather conditions for spraying on days we could spray with no competitions. We look at a number factors before we spray, temperature, humidity, wind speed etc and whether those conditions are suitable, we also take into account the products,  the products used needed at least 4 hours of dry weather after application, 4 hours of dry weather, plus the time it takes to load up and spray, we needed the crystal ball to look 8 hours into the future, over the weeks prior to last week, on available spray days, the weather was threatening, the forecast models predicting rain within  that time and dry conditions could not be guaranteed, so delays were the norm.....then as you would expect no rain would come, we growl and get on with it,  it is better safe than sorry.
Just another quick point, we sprayed the fairways and roughs with different products, the fairways for broadleaf weeds and the roughs for those weeds plus areas of Guildford grass, the product used for the roughs is much slower acting so there will be a difference in the sprayed areas for a limited time, giving the impression we sprayed some areas and not others.

We also finished the practice bunker, added peat to the base of the chipping green and rotary hoed in, fenced the area to keep the roos out and settled the area ready for the sand load up. We are aiming to have the green ready for seeding by the end of the month, and just a reminder it is taking a while, we are still 1 staff down and the course takes priority, we are working on the chipper as time permits.
We started preparations for the upcoming Capel 3000, bush mowing which will continue over the next week or so, bunker edging will be carried out this week as well and we also intend on grooming (light verti cut) the greens to have them nice and slick for the 3000. That should just leave us with course conditioning in the week leading up to the event.

Lastly a quick update on the miracle 4000 riders, they are in the home stretch crossing the NSW / SA border last Friday. Amazing they have not had a rest day and they are still standing. Hopefully the same can be said for the staff after the next couple of months are finished.

Till next time keep swinging.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Work Golf and Thank You

This week held two important events for the staff, the Volunteers appreciation night (last night), to formally thank all the volunteers who helped the club, these members (Ladies and Gents), are the true force behind the club that deserve our appreciation, offering their time and energy to the club for nothing but the affection and pride they hold the club in.

Finally Thursday was the Greenstaff Sponsor Day, a fantastic idea and one I and the staff support fully, (maybe for different reasons as they also get to play golf on the day….but), a field of 60 enjoyed the best weather of the past two weeks with sunny skies, (no we unfortunately do not have a direct line upstairs) and we hope all enjoyed the day and picked up a few course care tips along the way through our creative signage.
It is a chance for the staff to give something back to the club that employs us, a great club with fantastic people from directors, management and members (ladies and Gents) who offer friendly support and encouragement and while not unique to Capel GC it is certainly one of the many great things about the club that makes it such a pleasure to be involved with. The other opportunity that arises is to use the sponsor day as an education day, not to learn new things, rather to reinforce an old message, the critically important role that everyone can play each time they play their round, in course conditions, the little things like repairing pitch marks, divots and other course care messages. We hope to make the day bigger and better each year.

On course news now and tho the weather was pleasant for us on Thursday, it hasn’t been suitable for the spraying of weeds that we had pencilled in for completion, we need optimum conditions with a guarantee of dry weather for at least 4 hours after application on days when we can spray due to no competitions, unfortunately we have been waiting for 2 weeks now for those conditions to prevail, and we a chomping at the bit to get it done, each week that passes, the weeds are more evident so hopefully conditions improve soon.
General maintenance, planning for the upcoming major events this month, renovations next month and shaping up the practice bunker were all completed during the week. We are attempting to secure a small tipper to cart sand from the pit to the green and as soon as we do we will start filling the root zone mix.   
Once again thank you.