Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Xmas 2013


On behalf of the Greenstaff I extend our best wishes for Xmas to all our Members, Management and Directors.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy Festive season with their loved ones.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Summer is Here

The temperatures remained over 30 and into the mid 30's for the past 8 days announcing the official  arrival of Summer, staff were kept busy nursing the putting green seeded area and on our toes for other heat related issues that might have occurred on course, a few dry patch issues in the fairway as a result of wind interference to the irrigation system was the only effect and will soon recover. With more extreme weather to come for the remainder of summer staff will be kept on our toes.

It is also a perfect opportunity to remind all our players of a few Summer conditions

Through Summer you will notice, except for special events, the greens will run slightly slower, only marginally as we raise the heights slightly by less than 1/2mm as a protective measure for the Bent surfaces through the added stress of Summer Heat. As explained HERE...http://capelgcmaintenance.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/summer-green-speed-trial-part-1.html

Manual Irrigation of the Back 9 Fairways is in full swing, Players are reminded not to hit upon staff completing Sprinkler shifts, we are mindful to try to keep out of players way however we need to complete these sprinkler shifts quickly within the allotted time, and they take precedence over all else so some patience from players is required.


Also if you are stopping a sprinkler from turning to hit your shot, make sure you remove the impediment before moving on.
Players on the course before 7am and after 6pm can reasonably expect to have major interference from irrigation on either greens or tees.

Summer is also a time when the couch and Saltene become an issue in the greens, unlike annual or broadleaf weeds it is not a simple method of one herbicide application and the problem is gone, without excavation of the contaminated areas, the control process takes many years and is more centred on Suppression through Summer and gradual reduction in the cooler months.
Our control programs are working there is continually less Couch each year, during its most favoured time for growth our aim is to suppress and maintain the contaminated areas within gains made in the cooler season. A difficult task as explained further  HERE....http://capelgcmaintenance.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/saltene-and-couch-grass.html

These are just a few reminders for all players who may experience some of the slight changes during Summer.

Work on the course the past few weeks has concentrated on Scarifying /Renovating Tees, Aprons and Walkways to have this work completed by Xmas and ready to go for the Junior Open in January, all surfaces are making a strong recovery and should be looking and playing fantastic in a few weeks.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Long Overdue

Has it really been that long since I updated the blog ? How time is flying by, extremely busy on course these past 5 months, my apologies for the tardiness.....

 Before moving forward, A recap of some of the works these past 5 months.

Our two main winter projects, Front 9 tree pruning and Bunker base levelling were completed successfully judging by the great comments we have had about the work. The back 9 will targeted next winter in more of the same in preparation for the 2014 Vets Next November.

 
 
 

As you would be aware, unless you live under a rock, the Practice Bunker and Chipping Green were brought into play and now provides the membership with a great new practice facility.


September rain impacted on course conditions and maintenance work however 20 mins after this picture was taken the rain stopped water drained and play resumed.


Renovations were successfully completed in October, sticking with our program of alternating solid and hallow tines which has proved very successful these past few years.


It has not been without drama, the tractor clutch needed replacing, unfortunately the clutch was only available overseas and the tractor was out of action for 4 weeks, this put some weed spraying and other tractor related work well behind schedule.

Our thanks to Peter Robbins for donating his time and expertise, splitting the tractor and fitting the parts, this unselfish act saved the club a considerable amount of money.

 
 As requested by the course committee extension work to the main Putting green has commenced and will be yet another improvement for members to utilise.
 
 

Other work we have completed or are in the process of includes, all Fairways Tees and Surrounds treated for Broadleaf weeds, summer pre emergent  spraying for crab grass for all surfaces, a light fertiliser application for Fairways, all walk ways / traffic areas are being cored, Tees will be renovated between now and Xmas, this includes verti cutting, scroll cutting and topdressing some tees and coring others. All traffic areas, Tees and short roughs will be fertilised when coring is complete.

The volunteers mainly Graham, Peter and Syd have also been busy with path construction, the 10th Green, 12th green and 8th ladies being the latest with plans for the 11th to 12th tee to go ahead shortly. They also erected the Gazebo on the 7th which the ladies utilised for their Melbourne Cup Day.
Many thanks for the hard work and dedication these members show through their volunteering.