Saturday, December 20, 2014

There are plenty of well known benefits from coring and aeration, I have highlighted a few over the years but never did I believe one of those benefits was finding Irrigation Leaks !!!

After coming across water bubbling to the surface from a core hole I initially thought the Corer had hit a shallow pipe, digging the area up expecting to discover a nice core hole in a pipe I was somewhat surprised to find the leak in question judging by the amount of oxidised iron, (much deeper than the core holes reached) must have been leaking for a considerable time. Water will flow along the least resistance, it was only the core hole that directed water to the surface.

Ticking another box for the benefits of coring finding old pipe leaks!!!

The fairways are progressing well from renovations, full recovery will take another week or so and stand in good health with the hotter part of summer approaching.

Greens have also continued their strong response from the second of the mini renovations, morning cuts have commenced with all sand now completely under the canopy, with heights set to be lowered to our summer cutting heights of 3mm early next week.  

Finally on behalf of the Course Staff I extend our best wishes for a safe and happy Xmas / New year to all. May all our Members and family enjoy the love, peace and joy that come with the spirit of  Christmas.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The greens are making a strong recovery from the 2nd mini renovations, we commenced afternoon cuts at 4mm last Friday, which will continue this week.
Morning cuts and lowering heights to our summer height will depend on sand pick up, likely to commence by next week at the latest. In the meantime players should expect the greens to be slower at least for the next week.

 13 green 3 days after renovations.

The fairway renovations went exceedingly well, completing all fairways within the 3 days allocated with only minimal disruption to play. The benefits of coring will be very obvious through summer once the fairways have fully recovered.
View of 18 Fairway after coring
In the short term after fairway coring dry areas will develop, there normally is an initial soil moisture drop with any work involving aeration, for us the combination of set speed pumps and a manual system means we could not water individual fairways as they were completed, ( we had to wait for all fairways to be completed prior to commencing irrigation), or water in a timely manner as it takes anywhere up to 2 days to do so.   
Another hindrance which delayed the application of soil wetting agents, was the degree of wind we experienced during the week, 30km/hr winds are not conductive to spraying any liquid formulations and is a sprinklers worst enemy for uniform water distribution. Hopefully this week during our available windows of opportunity to spray the wetting agents out the weather / wind co operates.
For these reasons the dry areas may appear to be worse than they should be but will recover soon enough.
Using metal drag mats to break up cores
Once we have applied wetting agents, Gypsum and the fertiliser, recovery of from renovations will be rapid and as previously mentioned I am confident the long term benefits particularly through summer will far out weigh the immediate short term conditions. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Renovations Underway

A 13 hour day behind us today, we have completed the greens renovations and made a start Coring fairways making the most of the Course Closed Day.

An indication of the size tine we are using for the fairways
In action on the fairways
One down 8 to go on the back 9.

Meanwhile on the greens

Though we managed to complete 3 fairways today it is slow going, players should expect core deposits on fairways and equipment in use tomorrow.
We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

The mini greens renovations was completed without issue, we expect a positive result with the greens back in normal condition in 2 weeks.