Monday, 18 April 2016

In writing this post we have just received 80mm of rainfall overnight and the course conditions are currently extremely wet. Thankfully Monday is largely dedicated to mowing of fairways, greens surrounds and tees so we were lucky enough to have these tasks completed before the heaviest of the rain fell during the night. Considering the rain its expected to be 25 degrees the next few days before more rain returns on the weekend. Will this growing season ever end?

The bad news is that the course will now remain wet over the next week and all bunkers are currently being pumped out to try get back into play as quickly as possible. After heavy rainfall another issue we have is debris such as rocks/sticks/leaves spilling from creek and left on fairways so its a large task to rake up everything from the fairways before we are able to mow again. Not great timing especially considering we have the Woolooware Cup in a few weeks and am looking to provide firm, dry surfaces for the event. Its going to be a very busy few weeks for all the boys, thankfully I have a great crew that will do whatever possible to get the course back into top shape!!!

3rd green

 2nd Fairway

17th bunker underwater

Last week was another busy one for my staff which involved general maintenance activities such as fertilising of all greens, mowing of all fairways, surrounds, tees as well we have began to spray around all trees for weeds to improve the overall appearance of the course. With the large amount of trees this is an extremely large job to get through however the results are well worth it in improving the tidiness of the course.

We also cored and reseeded the back tees of 4,7,8 and 18. We were originally going to returf these areas however weather constraints limited us access to these areas. The reason we needed to reseed these areas is a combination of shade, tree root invasion and compaction that ultimately causes turf decline. Turf decline is attributed to the following:

  • Lack of photosynthesis and carbohydrate production
  • Reached its compensation point where turf sward is using more carbohydrates to keep plant healthy than is being restored each day
  • Lack of violet and blue wavelength UV light which explains why short, sturdy growth is being produced
  • White, red and yellow wavelength responsible for displaying tall spindly growth with long internodes and leaf blades hence reducing density and overall health of turf sward
  • Trees in close proximity to tees also taking valuable water and nutrient resources from the turf grass and also reducing quality airflow
  • These poor conditions ultimately lead to compaction of the ground as turf is unable to recover from constant wear.
  • Hydrophobic soil conditions occur as water is continually removed from soil by trees and waxy coating forms in soil of the tees.
The seed generally germinates within 7-14 days depending on climatic conditions so we will continue to monitor the areas and report progress next week.The offending trees have been programmed to be trimmed/removed if necessary long term to help improve light, airflow to these tees however will not be completed until the required funds become available. Below are some photos showing the shade issues that help contribute to turf decline on tee surfaces.

 Shade caused by tree to left of 8th tee

Shade from tree to left of 18th tee

View from back of 18th tee of shade issue

Shade on 4th tee from trees to right of tee


  1. what are you doing about the dead tree on the 2nd tee it looks dangerous .also the tree on the left side of the 3rd fairway.

    1. these two trees among others on the course have been noted as requiring removal and am currently aiming to get council involved in requesting removal of these dead trees. Also we need to wait until access of these areas with heavy machinery is achievable. During winter with wet conditions it is currently impractical to get our tree loppers out on course to remove tree safely.