Volunteering at Lake Karrinyup for such a major tournament was an experience to remember, and will be a memory that sticks with me for a long time.
Arriving to work at Lake Karrinyup, Sunday 12th Feb, I had no idea at all what to expect or what I was going to see, Max hold told me some things but it didn’t sink in till I arrived at the entrance to the private maintenance gate, where there was an electronic Pin coded gate to access the maintenance only area. By this moment I am thinking, JESUS, what have I got myself into here.
We had a quick induction of the shed, which had numerous Toro machines - I’ve never seen so many red machines fit in one shed. I definitely wouldn’t have minded taking some of them back to Capel with me! The amount of machinery and their value in this shed would be jaw dropping, I knew they were spoilt and had a lot, but not this much, for example 18 Toro Workman vehicles, nearly one for each staff member, and 7 yes 7 Fairway mowers just to name two pieces of equipment. I was like a kid in a lolly shop.
Anyhow, after having a tour of the shed, we then took it out to the course.
WOW. Absolutely spectacular, the course was in tip top shape and the lay out was magnificent. The features of the course, the slopes, the lakes and each holes characteristic definitely justify its reputation. The course is well maintained and the fairways were looking particularly awesome with them being mowed with a time consuming cross cut technique Morning and Afternoon at 12mm. Some other maintenance specs for the tournament were -
Once our morning shifts were complete we were free to watch the golf and follow the players, I’ve never really been the one to walk and watch the golf, nor have I really had the opportunity to either however, on the Tuesday morning’s practice rounds , I was finishing off bunker faces as part of my morning duties along with two other staff members on the Par 3 5th hole when we noticed 2 players waiting to tee off, we decided to call them up and let them tee off, we watched the pair take multiple practice swings, (thinking this was a mistake how long are they going to take), anyhow they finally hit, and we watched the ball fly over, land on the green 3 meters passed the pin, then back spin rolling back towards the pin, looking at the hole and the ball was it .....YES .....it went into the hole!!!!!!.