Sunday, October 26, 2014

We had a healthy turn out of volunteers during the week, helping staff and regular helpers attend jobs around the course in preparations for the National Vets.
Some of the work attended included
 - Levelling / Adding sand to a total of 13 bunkers.
- Clearing and tidying up around the bottom end car-park
- Pruning trees along 18 Fairway
- Refurbishing Sand Bucket Dispensers
- Removal of Dead Banksias along 14 Rough. 
- Edging paths and hard surface areas.
- Entrance gardens Weeded and Tidied

Without the help of these Volunteers we would have been struggling to complete or some instances commence any of the above work. To many to name, a huge thank you to all that came out and to those that will be out over the next few weeks. It is very appreciated and nothing more shows the pride you have in the club than coming out and lending a hand when needed.
Again Thank you to all.

With last weeks assault on the worst of the sand bunker downslopes, only a few minor tweaks remain for the rest which the staff will attend this week, no further major works in bunkers will be attended as we need the sand to have a good few weeks to settle them down. Bunker edging and final trimming will be completed the week before.

There remains a few extra jobs around the course to be attended, finishing the tree pruning, completing the lower end car-park clean up, Course clean up (fallen branches etc. bush areas) and general whipper snipping around high visible areas along with removing any excess construction material from paths around tee areas .
The staff's focus will turn to increased grooming and conditioning for all surfaces in the lead up to the Vets, you may notice a change in colour as we apply foliar treatments for colour and presentation,  extra cutting of fine turf areas, continued bush mowing, basically bringing everything we have been working towards together for the finished product.


On a grander scale the magnificent Lake Karrinyup has been presented in perfect condition for this weeks Handa Perth International , well respected Course Superintendent Trevor Strachan, his staff and helpers have Karrinyup in suburb condition.
Some specs from behind the scenes

-Lake Karrinyup full time staff of 18 has been bolstered to 31 for the event.
-Greens are being cut at 2.75mm with a fleet of 7 Toro Flex Walk behind Mowers double cut in the morning and single in the afternoon
-Tees cut morning and afternoon with a crew of 4 Toro Greensmaster walk behind mowers 
-Fairways cut morning and afternoon with 4 Toro 7000 at 12mm
-Bunkers are being maintained by 3 Toro Bunker Rakes.
- Greens were dusted weekly for 2 months leading into the event.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tomorrow (Monday 20th) marks 14 days since the greens renovations and we will commence morning cuts at 3mm as all sand is now below the height of cut range. Normally we keep the cut at 3mm for the remainder of summer however with the National Vets Championships this year we will be chasing that extra bit of pace for the event and will be lowering the heights a little more closer to the event.
A further mini tine and sanding will be completed after the Vets and Capel International to counteract any detrimental effects of "chasing the pace" as well as to ensure turf health through summer after only mini tinning at our scheduled renovations.

With new turf laid on the 10th Ladies tee and Men's White tee last week we can finally put what has been a huge drain on our time to bed, with only 4 of us on course and many other maintenance tasks and course set up to attend we look forward to turning our full attention to gearing the course up for the upcoming Major events and catching up on a lot of the work we were forced to delay.
Once again though we Thank Russell Lines and Jetline for the all the work with the retaining walls.

We do have some minor works to complete the area, finish the turf on the new mound and some selective tree limb pruning in the area.

We have had a tremendous response to our call for Volunteers to assist with some odd jobs around the course, My thanks to all you have offered their help, with special thanks to Terry Buller our Course Director for rounding up everyone. Terry has been a great supporter of the course and club, serving as a Director in any capacity can be a thankless duty but if it wasn't for these members who volunteer their time to serve on the Board, there wouldn't be a club to run or maintain, on behalf of the staff I thank Terry and his fellow Directors for the time they commit for the betterment of the club and course.

Utilising volunteer numbers this week, we will be attending Levelling Bunker Bases, as a small staff we do not get much time to attend to these type of works, but with the assistance of volunteers to boost our numbers we will be addressing an issue which continually pops up, The downward slope from rear to front of the bunkers on some holes. Shifting sand around in the bunker along with topping up with fresh sand where required will take place. 
Some Bunkers may be G.U.R for the Tuesday Competition depending on the amount of sand added.

Lastly we as golfers always have a story about the putt we should have made, the near miss of a hole in one or the eagle that got away, but this blokes one takes the points

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Greens renovations went very well despite the 19mm rain received the day before causing the applied sand and greens to be wetter than we would have liked. This had the effect of the core holes not opening fully till later in the afternoon when the greens warmed up and dried, after the sand had already been brushed in. End result some core holes are not filled completely.
That said the use of the smaller diameter tines means this is less critical than when we use the larger 12mm ones and will cover by the end of the week but have the benefit of tiny channels created for water and air movement.
 The greens have progressed well since renovation 4 days ago, we are cutting at 4mm in the afternoons. The reason for the afternoon cut is for the sand on the greens to be dry to avoid the mowers picking up wet sand and adversely affecting the quality of cut. Heights will be lowered by the end of next week to 3mm.

We have also been very busy with the 10th tee complex, the Men's main tee is complete, the Men's White tee is levelled and ready for Turf, the Ladies 10th tee required lowering to the retaining walls height, we are in the process of grading the final levels and will be ready for turf by this coming Friday.

The new areas will be out of play for 4 to 5 weeks.  

A timely reminder its that time of year again, Sarah snapped (with the camera that is ) this little beauty on 13.

Please be aware snakes are now becoming active. To those that bring their young children to the course as they play a practice round pay extra attention / supervision of the young ones curiosity. 

Finally volunteers will shortly be called for to assist with some minor course maintenance in preparation for the National Veterans Competition Week coming up in November. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated, I will be providing Terry with a list of potential duties we would like assistance with to complete  prior to the event and also some duties during the week of the competition.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

If ever we had any doubt regarding changing our greens renovations this year from Sunday to Monday, it was confirmed this morning we made the right decision by none other than Mother Nature herself .
At this stage Greens renovations will proceed tomorrow with favourable weather conditions, we will need sunny skies to proceed with sanding to ensure the sand can dry to be brushed in. Fortunately as explained in a previous post we are only lightly renovating this year with much smaller tines requiring less sand to be applied.