Sunday, May 24, 2015

This Weeks update and Pitch Marks

A busy week both on and off the course with preparations for the Pro Am and Capel Cup in full swing, besides the increased grooming and conditioning of the golf course we also spent some time refurbishing our cups, flag sticks and practice green cups and sticks, members will see the finished products over the coming days.

 Last weekend’s rain (close to 80mm) has all but ensured the irrigation pumps are now off for the season with only minor use required if no follow up falls occur which would be unlikely.

As we head into winter and the wetter period of the year, last weekend’s rain event is a timely reminder for the importance of pitch mark repair, after rain events like last weekend the greens can remain soft for a few days specially with less evaporation until the natural drainage can remove excess water in the profile, all players need to be extra vigilant in repairing their pitch marks.

It was disappointing to see several large gaping pitch marks on several greens along with numerous smaller ones on Monday morning when mowing greens    

 As the pictures indicate they are not very hard to miss at this size. 
Not only do unrepaired pitch marks such as these take much longer to heal if not repaired correctly, they interfere with ball roll and are entry points for disease, They also slow down the course set up and increase labour time as the greens mower operator must repair these marks prior to mowing to avoid scalping and further injury to turf.

Please repair you pitch mark and any others you may come across.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wet Conditions And New Bunker Rake Placement

As the forecast predicted the weekend is off to a great start with 20mm in the rain gauge this morning and a fair amount of small debris spread over the course by wind gusts.

Greens mowing did not proceed in the middle of the early morning heavy falls and will nt be cut today and likely the weekend of the rain continues but all other course set up for any brave souls willing to venture out were completed.

If you are thinking of venturing out this weekend please drive safe and take care. 

Players will notice a change to the Bunker Rake placement policy on the Golf Course, the rakes will now be placed OUTSIDE the bunker on the BLUE PAINTED indicator and NOT in the bunkers.

 Generally rakes will be placed in the direction of the hole.
The change of rake placement policy will bring us into line with the USGA and Golf Australia guidelines / recommendations for bunker rake placement, but more importantly will remove the unfair placement of rakes on bunker slopes by careless individuals by providing a distinct area and angle of rake placement OUTSIDE the bunker. 

Just 2 examples of careless rake placement in the bunkers leading to unfair lies
The location of the blue indicator paint for rake placement has been carefully selected  to ensure minimum obstruction to play, reduce the possibility of unfair deflection / lies and placed in convenient easily accessible locations for ease of use and replacement.

It is in the interest of all players to replace the rakes on the same area and with the same angle as indicated by the blue painted indicator spots.

Thank you.   

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May Means ..... And Farewell to an Icon

My thanks to the staff for their efforts, doing a tremendous job during my leave keeping the course ticking over to the very high standard we have all come to expect. Thankyou.

 Well May is upon us and for the course team that means major events with the Captains Cup, Pro Am, Capel Cup, the New Stoney Creek 3 ball event along with SWDLGA pennants all being played this month, this will mean our primary focus for the month will be course grooming and  maintenance preparations for these events to present the course in its finest. 

The greens  are now at a height of 2.8mm which will be maintained for this month with increased cutting (double cuts) as we draw closer to these major events, the cooler weather has slowed the greens growth rates with a subsequent spike in pace with our focus on a smooth true roll.

During Autumn  all warm season turf areas (Tees, Fairways and most Surrounds) were fertilised with a slow release fertiliser to sustain the turf through the winter months, this practice has been proven to increase turf resilience through winter, maintain colour and importantly encourage quicker spring green up (growth) with NO further warm season turf fertiliser application till Spring. 

During my leave we received the sad news of the passing of Life Member, valued volunteer and someone I am proud to have become a friend, Kevin (Ned) Scott. Ned was one of the first members I met when I commenced at Capel Golf Club, no longer playing he would be at the course every morning at 8am, his first point of call, driving his landcruiser around the back 9 to spot any trees or branches down, he would often joke he did so with his eyes closed so he didn’t have to clean anything up, nothing could be further from the truth.
 Ned could be seen most mornings with his great mate Syd Heggarty cleaning up any fallen trees, if no trees were down they would remove dead ones, if nothing he could see needed doing, he would ask if there was anything that did, from mowing to raking up rubbish and everything in between he was always willing to lend a hand, always willing to impart some practical advice, always ready with a morning yarn,  a quick witted one liner or simply just a hand on the shoulder in support.   
He took great pride being part of Capel Golf Club and Capel Golf Club is all the better for it.

We certainly have lost a character and a true Gentleman. 

Our loving thoughts and condolences are with Jill and the Scott family.