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With one staff down due to leave we capped off a very busy week by completing the fertiliser application to all fairways, some minor repair work to the12th and Chipping greens and the removal of a dangerous tree on number 7 thanks to the diligence of our Intermediates Captain Dal for spotting the huge crack at the base of the tree and dangerous lean.

I am expecting some leaf burn in the fairways caused by carts / traffic over the fertilised areas; Mainly the back 9 with the manual irrigation system even under best case scenarios still takes up to 10 hrs to wash in, (irrigate), the fairways only, with constant sprinkler shifts using the bikes which increases the risk of burn tracks and some areas where irrigation coverage is less than desirable requiring water with hoses after the initial irrigation has completed its cycle. The tracks will only be temporary growing out in a week or two. The front 9 fairways are not likely to have any major burn tracks due to the superior automated irri…
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The greens continue their strong recovery from renovations, earlier this week we commenced morning cuts and as of today the heights lowered to 4mm, despite these significant benchmarks on the road to recovery being met, greens will remain on the slow side for a few weeks yet, it can be very easy to forget with the greens recovering so well from renovations that it has only been 12 days meaning they are well ahead of expected recovery rates.
On a less than positive note, obviously one player wasn’t as impressed with the renovation recovery as the rest of us.....
I don’t believe for a minute it could possibly be a playing member, likely a Green fee player, I certainly hope so, either way
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Well, Autumn renovations are over for another 12 months and despite being very aggressive with the scarifying / verti cutting more so in the couch encroached areas
 the greens have came out of renovations very clean leading me to consider the possibility we may be cutting by the end of the week.


That said Players should still expect the greens to be slow and Bumpy for the next 3 weeks as the greens are rested for recovery with higher cutting heights, this also protects the cutting equipment from abrasive sand wear.

The Couch and Saltine areas have been treated, these areas will be slower to recover than other areas within the greens, and we may need to apply a follow application for saltine patches in a few weeks once the greens have recovered sufficiently to tolerate control measures.
The New section of the practice putting green will be closed for a few weeks, the area of this green is still immature being only 18 months old and needs that little bit extra TLC. The back putting green …
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Its hard to believe our Autumn Greens renovations are a little over a week away although we are not expecting a sudden drop to Autumn like temperatures we do hope temperatures moderate to at least below 30 unlike the past week with temperatures of 30+ up to 35.

We can’t control the weather and we are locked in to carry out renovations the first weekend after the Labour Day long weekend due to play commitments, it maybe slightly earlier than desired as the heat does bring challenges for renovations but it also has its benefits in that the greens are normally fully recovered with full cover of turf prior to the cooler weather germination of Poa annua (Winter Grass). To leave the greens later than desired would be more of a concern as it leaves the greens susceptible to Poa invasion through a thinner turf canopy during favourable germination times for this weed, restricts both pre and post emergent control measures and less likely the greens may only partially recover enough in time for …