Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mutual Benefit and the Crazziness Continues

During the week a perfect win / win scenario, Phil Cahill wanted to turn some of his back lawn into a garden and we needed some turf to complete the mounds on 16, we took our turf cutter, Phil now has an area to plant and we have a mound turfed.

 We chalked up yet another crazy busy week, on top of the turfing of the 16th mound and normal course set up etc, the front 9 fairway renovations were completed.

 We used some of the material removed to stolons (chaffing) the walkway area on 16, the chipper bank and 3rd mound area rotary hoeing in.
Scroll cutting fairways helped remove extra green leaf material.

 The greens have come back very strongly from renovations and now being cut at 4mm we should be at 3mm by the end of next week.

 Happy to see the weekend but we are not finished the craziness yet, next week we finally put the finishing touches to the chipping green, adding amendments and seeding, the second of the mounds on 16 gets a start and we have a great deal of catch up work to get through.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Overdue Update

I apologise for not updating the blog over the past 2 weeks and more so not updating about renovations. As I have mentioned in previous posts we are in the midst of a very busy maintenance period and to top it off I have been spending a considerable amount of my own time completing risk assessments. Anyone who has ever been involved with the process knows it can be a lengthy process. I digress and move on with the update.
Green Renovations

Went very smoothly and the greens are coming back in great condition. We gave them the first cut on Wednesday afternoon, we were so impressed we will be lowering the heights for the Friday afternoon cut. This weekend will be the worst as far as pace and smoothness for ball roll  is concerned as we are at a higher height of cut and only mowing afternoons so not to pick up wet sand as we mow. Next week we will further lower the heights and commence morning mows.

Practice Chipper
The root zone sand as been loaded levelled and we are watering to help settle, before adding amendments. Anthony is at TAFE this week and next so I am leaving the amendments till he returns for his experience before we seed.
16th Mound / Sandbunker
 One less bunker to worry about !!!!
Improvement works to the 16th surrounds commenced this week, as you know 2 mounds are being constructed, the 1st replacing the short right side bunker and the 2nd to the right of the green. This work will greatly improve the wear problem experienced around the right side green. We will also be rotary hoeing the non mound area.

The first step was to fill the bunker, we have started mounding that section, and again with only the tractor to use it will take some time to get the amount of sand we need for the height of the mound. Having said that we should have the mound close to finish and the turf cut for the mound laid back down by Friday afternoon.
The next step will be rotary hoeing the existing walkway area, raising the levels slightly and chaffing the area (explained below).

Once that is complete we will start mounding the 2nd mound.
Front 9 Fairway Renovations
If we are not busy enough the front 9 Fairway renovations will start on Monday, verti cutting, cleaning up and scrolling fairways will be hopefully completed by Wednesday afternoon. We will beusing some of the material from the verti cutting to chaff the 16th walkway and chipping green banks.  

Chaffing is another method to establish couch grass, the material from verti cutting is kept moist and basically top dressed over bare ground before being lightly rotary hoed in, rolled and watered. We will hopefully have a nice coverage 6 weeks later.

 A long Post but your now up-to-date, oh and fairway irrigation has started, so if you are tired after reading all this imagine how we are doing. We still managed to fit a BBQ in to officially welcome Ben to the staff and congratulate Anthony before he attended his last TAFE block. Of course the tradition continued for the new staff initiation, cooking the onions as Ben found out.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Changes Arrivals and Renovations

First of all congratulations to Anthony for being promoted to the 2IC position, just reward for his efforts over the past 4 years, I am sure he will continue the fine work he has accomplished in his new role and I look forward to assisting his transition to the next stage of his career.
 Today we also welcomed Ben to the staff, Ben successfully applied for the vacant apprentice position and we give him a warm welcome to the staff. Ben isn’t a new face around the place, he has volunteered through school holidays as well as after school for the past 2 years and was of great assistance through the storm clean up, many members know him for his hard work ethics and courtesy he has shown. 
Two fine young men and I congratulate both, I am now leading a relatively inexperienced staff however with Dean’s and myself experience, combined with youth we could have the perfect balance, though  I am sure there will be issues that arise in the short term, however with  inexperience also comes youth and that “fire in the belly” to get stuck in and make the most of it, which rubs off on us old fellas. 
Speaking of fires, and it will be a baptism of fire for Ben and Anthony in their new roles,

Renovation time is upon us and today we Hallow cored the back 9 green approaches, clean off and picked up, tomorrow after the ladies we will be double verti cutting the greens and cleaning up, Thursday hallow coring the front 9 green approaches and aerating the back putter along with a sanding, then comes the big one starting Saturday afternoon, (no the AFL Grand Final was last weekend, those Sydney fella’s teaching an AFL lesseon hey), Greens renovation and sanding, at which point we will also be sanding the green approaches as well, from 3.30pm Saturday with the main work Sunday.
If they didnt know what greenkeepings about before they will after this week.

More information on why we renovate can be found on the FAQ page and I would also like to answer a question we may be asked before we are asked….. We didn’t core the struggling section on the right side of 16 green as we are close to commencing construction of the new mound areas and rehabilitating the area tho we did core the approach and left side. 

That’s the week ahead, a busy one with a fair bit of work to get through, thankfully back at full staff so just extremely busy not flaming hectic, fingers crossed the weather is kind and only drops some moisture in the evening.
Cheers Max.