The course has been ravaged by consistent frosts over recent weeks. The result is totally dormant fairways and tees which does nothing for the appearance of the course but fortunately the course is still playing well. Growth rate on the greens has almost come to a standstill but as far as ‘playability’ goes, the greens perform really well this time of year. We were delighted on the feedback from the Riverina Ladies Golf Association, who recently played their Pennant Final on our course. The visitors found the course to be up there with the best in the Riverina.
The focus for last month was on presenting the course for the Winter Classic which went very well. We have now moved on to the major drainage work on the 17th and 15th fairways. Water and power lines have had to be located at both sites, as well as some adjustments to the existing sprinkler lines. The 17th project is well underway, with the trench dug (thanks to Taffy for the use of his excavator) and pipe laying started. We are still to finish the pipe laying, construct the drainage pits, replace the bridge slabs, bed in with red loam and backfill with clay and sand. When this project is finished we will start the first of three stages on the 15th.The design is complete and pipes have already been purchased.
Jack is away at TAFE this week, but continues to prove his worth on the course.
The frosty mornings have allowed us to burn off many of our piles of debris at the tip, with still some to go. An attempt was made on the Cumbungi on the 14th early one morning but it was too wet and will have to be done in the middle of the day. Cumbungi on the 12th will need to be poisoned before it can be burnt.
The community service people have started. The focus has been on the 17th creek and under Noel Nicholas’s watchful eye and his off-sider Brian Dudley, they have done a good job. We have plenty of work to keep them busy so we would hope to keep around the clubhouse spotless and get a lot of tree trimming and general clean up done around the course.
Over the winter months we try to get all of our machinery maintenance and repairs up to date. This is usually done on the rainy days which have been few and far between so far.
Clean up around the shed continues. The three large trees are gone and only the stumps need grinding out before leveling off and construction of the fence can start. We look forward to the fence being completed, making our work yard neat and private.
Members will notice that we now have 100m and 200m markers from the middle of the green. Thank you to Ross Pogonoski for his assistance with measuring.
Two trees are to be removed on the 17th fairway shortly.
The bunker on the left hand side of the 11th green has been identified as number one priority for bunker renovations.
During August, winter grass and broad leaf weeds will be sprayed across the entire course.
The next major green renovations will be carried out on 6th and 7th November. These dates have been chosen to cause the least disruption.
Terry Howe & Ian Fuller.