Large social groups, good fields and good weather has seen the course busy for the month of April.
Sadly Peter has suffered a serious health scare so things have been very hectic with just Terry and a very new apprentice. Thankfully Peter is on the mend which is the most important thing and he will be back with us from 15th May. Young Jack is proving to be a good worker and the volunteers were fantastic again helping with green renovations.
The coring of the greens has gone extremely well. We have managed to get them cored, cleaned off and top dressed despite an interruption with rain. We are still waiting for the sand and greens to dry out enough for us to work the sand into the holes. We are amazed at how quickly the greens are recovering. They will get an application of slow release granular fertilizer over the next week. Members need to be aware that in order to maintain top quality greens a further coring will be undertaken in September/October.
Tees are performing well. Fertiliser will be applied to help recovery from the divot damage. Tees will start to lose some colour over the next month.
Fairways were fertilised two weeks ago to help sustain growth for as long as possible. The local couch grasses are already losing colour and in some cases density, whilst the wintergreen couch and kikuyu have maintained their vigour.
Recent weed control has included flat weeds on greens, broad leaf and khaki weeds in the rough.
Jack Godfrey starts his first block of TAFE this week, so Terry has enlisted the help of John Radeski to mow the fairways, the rest he can cover himself. John has been a tower of strength and an invaluable volunteer!!
The Board has approved the construction of drainage across the 17th fairway and we are hoping that this will be completed by the end of May.
The next month will see us getting the nursery green planted, hopefully make some progress on our shed compound fencing, continue to fix our tracks through the course and bring our greens back to optimal quality as soon as possible.
Our Adopt A Fairway program is more important than ever now in view of being so short staffed. We have plans for the renovation of bunkers on holes 1 and 11 and we anticipate some assistance through the Community Service Orders.
Thanks again to those volunteers who continue to help out on the course. Your work is very much appreciated. However, we appeal to all members to undertake a “duty of care” by fixing pitch marks on the greens and filling divots on the fairways……even if they are not yours!!
Terry Howe & Ian Fuller
CORPORATE GOLF DAY
Friday 12th May
Major Prize: Valued at over $1000. Golf+Accommodation+Meals at the iconic Barwon Heads Golf Club. Many other on course prizes and golf vouchers.
Gather at 11.30 for a 12.00 shotgun start – 4 man ambrose. A “Putt Off” will be held at the end of play.
In the evening there will be a dinner for golfers with a unique opportunity to hear one of Deniliquin’s best public speakers, David Grant. Harvey Norman has donated 2 televisions to be auctioned on the night..
Cost: $1000 for team of 4 or $250 for individual entries.
This is a major fundraiser for our Club. We wish to acknowledge our generous sponsors and urge members to support these businesses: Tasker’s (our Major Sponsor), Harvey Norman, Rotary, Brian McCleary & Co, Deni Vet Clinic, Tocumwal Golf Resort, Purtills, Browns Rural Supplies, Liefting Constructions, Coach House Hotel Motel, Brian Jennings Accounting Services, Deni Newsagency & Bookstore, Riverina Watermatic, Deni RSL, Cleaner Carpets, Big River Real Estate, Angus McKinnon Painting, Newman’s Plumbing, Francis Kelly & Grant, “Saints Hopefuls” and “Bulldogs Forever”. NTP prizes will be donated by Rodwells and Landmark.
To register contact the Pro Shop 5881 3333 or Adam Wettenhall 0427 004862.