Monday, February 15, 2016

The course tolerated the extreme heat last week very well with only a few minor issues with the greens, most problems were on the back 9 fairways and roughs mainly from cart tracks and wilted areas due to the inadequate manual irrigation system on the back 9. Most of the Back 9 Fairways could not be irrigated since the Friday before and then when they were in the heat, taking 14 hours to complete one cycle, despite all our efforts most of the irrigation applied was ineffective with the result easy to see.
The areas affected will recover in time.
This week is also set to be a difficult one with the heat, although temperatures are expected to be slightly lower wind is expected to be strong and gusty, this will have more of an adverse impact than last week with the wind contributing to drying out the surface areas but more importantly also impacting on Irrigation Uniformity. Some dry patch areas are to be expected under these conditions, though we will endeavor to limit any issues within the available resources at our disposal.    

The 2nd Men's black tee is growing in nicely and is looking fantastic at this early stage. With the majority of the work complete we are commencing focus on Bunker Bases, at this stage we are only aiming for 1, possibly 2 bunkers per week to be complete until we are well outside our peak maintenance period  and irrigation season at which point more bunkers will be attended.

With fresh sand being used the bunkers completed will be soft and loose, there is a risk of plugged lies till the sand is consolidated. For this reason any bunker that has work carried out will be G.U.R for a few days. A reminder the G.U.R is optional unless otherwise stated. 

Thank you and look forward to seeing you on the course. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

A very busy week this one was, Starting with the preparations and set up for a full field in the  SW Vets on Monday, Bunker Edging to all green side bunkers on top of the Daily and weekly course Maintenance  including the manual irrigation of the back 9 along with edging paths and tidying up tee box walls and edges then rounding it off with laying the turf for the 2nd Black tee box today.

I am relieved to finally have this project drawing to completion as it has been a thorn in my side for the past few months with limited time to attend the construction work, doing it in bits and pieces where we could fit it in. 
We still have a few minor works on the tee and surrounds to do, including relocating the tee box sign and trimming a few branches for line of sight just to name a few. We will be using portable hoses to irrigate the area till Winter when we will extend the pipe lines and add permanent sprinkler coverage for the area.  
But the turf is down and can start growing in, while I sigh and finally have few beers watching it do just that !!!!!!
All things going to plan we hope to have it play Mid March, with what will be a fantastic upgrade to the existing tee Box with a much better alignment to the hole. For those lefties who like the draw, or even the righties who (shock horror like to fade or worse...slice) the old tee will still get some use!!!!! 

After yet another welcomed slight break in weather last weekend with cool temperatures and a shower or two (5mm) the next week is set to be a scorcher, some adjustments may be made to normal course set up with extra precautions taken with the greens to manage heat and moisture stress which may result in a slight decrease in pace. Depending on conditions, postponing our grooming (light verti cutting) practices, reducing our Cut frequency with  possibly a slight increase in height for a few days and  increasing hand watering are just some measures we may take. 
While the greens can tolerate very high maximum temperatures with careful management, when overnight lows are above 20 degrees as is forecast, it significantly reduces the plants ability to recover hence why extra intervention measures may be implemented.