Another frustrating week comes to a close with the weather once again influencing what we were able to achieve on the golf course. 40mm of rain in an hour on Thursday morning certainly washed out the days golf and also the West bunkers again, so another 72 man hours were needed to reinstate them which were hours that I really needed to allocate elsewhere. However the staff did a great job and the bunkers will nearly all be in play again tomorrow although the forecast doesn't sound good.
|Plastic grids prior to turfing|
|Plastic grids under this grass at Pisa!|
|4 West bunker yesterday.|
The bunker to the left of 3 River green will have a grass face installed next week as well. Those of you who have attended the last couple of course information sessions will recall the history of the bunker that is too detailed to explain here. Suffice to say that everything has been tried and both the Board and I feel this is the only solution to balls plugging in the face of the bunker.
The trees at the right of 2 River green will be removed as will the Banksia at the left of 1 West green and a number of other dead and diseased trees will also be removed. As previously mentioned some of the Palms will also be taken down. Unfortunately the tree contractor I have used over the past few years has sold his business and the cost of pruning the Palms is going to triple so we will be reducing Palm numbers to cut down that ongoing expense.
A couple of low spots on selected fairways, most noticeably both 4 River and West will have some low spots lifted and re-turfed whilst we are going about our business. All this with one staff member on holidays, the grass growing and a busy week of golf. Phew!!