Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a happy new year and hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. It has been a frantic few weeks for us here on the course during the xmas/new year period with extreme heat placing a lot of stress on our greens. As we are in a transitional zone in Sydney, we use cool season grasses (wintergrass/bentgrass mix) on our greens so during the summer months our greens really don't appreciate the hot summer sun as much as everyone sunbaking on Cronulla's beaches.

Through the xmas/new period we had 14 consecutive days with daytime temperatures above 27 degrees, with 5 of those days above 32 degrees and only 2mm of rain in that timeframe, which means a large amount of watering and labour hours were required to keep moisture in the soil.

To combat the heat we have been limiting stresses placed on the greens through using various cultural practices as well as applying certain fertilisers to help reduce stress on the plant and aid in recovery. With the high heat and high humidity we are experiencing, turf grass diseases/insects are extremely active as they try to attack the plant when it is most stressed. Preventative applications are being undertaken to prevent certain insects/diseases from causing damage to our surfaces.

Other works include:

  • Bi-weekly mowing of tees, fairways and greens surrounds as well as daily mowing of rough to keep it at a consistent height for easier playability and ball finding.
  • We have re-levelled and re-turfed the 15th social tee and will be in play ASAP. 
  • Weeded and trimmed all bunkers.
  • Growth regulator applied to all bunker edges to tighten and reduce growth
  • All greens solid-tined 
Big thank you to all my staff who work tirelessly under difficult circumstances throughout the holiday period. The condition of the course is always exceptional and its a credit to my staff how much time and effort they put into the course to present it to the golfers.

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