Friday, September 26, 2014

The last thing we wanted to see with a 5.30am start tomorrow for the Capel 3000........
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the South West, South Coastal and Great Southern forecast

Issued at 2:48 pm WST on Friday 26 September 2014.

For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Bunbury to Katanning to Bremer Bay. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Katanning and Albany.

Weather Situation
The passage of a cold front during Saturday morning may cause DAMAGING WINDS to
100 kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

DAMAGING WINDS are likely to develop about the Southwest Capes after 2am
Saturday morning and extend to Bunbury and Bremer Bay by about 5am. Conditions
will ease by late Saturday morning.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast with totals between 20 and 40mm and
isolated falls to around 70mm
. FLOOD WATCHES have been issued for the South
West District and southern parts of the Lower West District, please refer to
the latest FLOOD WATCHES for further details.


This may impact on Course Set up tomorrow morning, should we experience the full extent of the cold front some delay will be likely at best, and course conditions will impact on play.

Hopefully all the work to get to this
Will not be in vain

More importantly please Stay safe, drive carefully and good luck.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The 10th tee complex construction stage is nearing completion, the path extension and filling of the ladies tee is all that is left for Jetline to complete. A huge thank you to Russell Lines and the boys from Jetline for all the sensational work they have done.

The staff will be busy over the next week or so, extending irrigation lines, levelling the new tee areas to blend into the existing tee levels, cutting and laying turf between other course work primarily preparations for the Capel 3000 this weekend.
 Our plan is to complete the Men's Main Tee Box and have the Ladies Tee backfilled to wall height to allow play from both tees for this weekend. 
Next week we will complete the new section of the Ladies Tee Box and the following week the Mens White tee box.
Green Renovations are only a little over a week away hopefully we have fine weather over the next few weeks to help us complete all these important works.   

Finally a huge thank you to Graham Colton, Peter Dillon and helpers for another wonderful paving job with the path constructed between the 8th green to 9th tee.

With the path construction complete, a timely reminder to all cart users to use and park on the paths provided, under NO circumstances should carts or buggies be driven on tees.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The green staff put up a $1000 hole in one prize and a $500 Birdie for a short time on the 3rd hole this week.
 No one claimed the prize maybe due to the tree obstructing the hole !
Once we cleared the tree that came down in the latest front to pass through our cash went back in our pockets.
Thankfully no major damage to the putting surface with only a few pitch marks, nothing were are not use to repairing.

Now that I have your attention, Greens renovations are fast approaching and this year due to the National Vets in November , (only 4 weeks from our schedules renovations), our normal Greens Renovations will be split into two “mini” less vigorous Renovations in order to have the greens back in play and to speed for this event whilst still gaining the important health benefits from aeration and sanding.

Our October renovations normally consist of using 12 to 14mm solid or hallow tines and usually takes up to 4 to 6 weeks for full recovery and not to the speed we are chasing for the vets.

This October’s Renovations will consist of Verti cutting, Solid Needle tinning (6mm tines) and a very light sanding. This will give us some benefits of venting the greens (air exchange) preventing anaerobic conditions from developing after the winter period, assisting with turf health and also smoothing any irregularities, the greens will be back to speed within 2 to 3 weeks.

In order to ensure turf health through summer and obtain the full benefits of aeration  a second mini renovation will occur in December at a time to be announced, likely after the Capel International in a similar procedure to October with slightly larger tines.

October Renovations will be on Monday 6th October.
The past 3 weeks have been very busy with only 3 staff on, we have completed all broadleaf and Guildford grass control applications and have begun gearing the course towards peaking in condition for the Capel 3000 later this month.

After a slight delay with works Jet line are hopeful of recommencing next Monday on the 10th tee.

Finally take a look at this video, I want that Flag Stick ! No better add for the quality of that one.