Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another 25 mm of rain overnight has the courses absolutely saturated.  Motorised buggies were allowed on yesterday which in hindsight was a mistake as when the rain arrived the way they were driven around the courses, and the places they were driven, beggars belief.  We are now in a situation where turf recovery is either negligible or non-existent so any damage caused will take months to recover. 

We have now received 175mm of rain over the past 10 days and have recorded rainfall on 62 of the past 96 days for a total of just over 1100mm in that time.  The only upside this week was that I took the opportunity to get the last fertiliser on to the fairways and tees to try and get as much growth as possible as we approach winter. 

The West greens were also needle tine aerated again this week in an effort to keep the water moving through the soil profile and to hopefully dry them out.  We had an issue with one of the aerating machines as it was taking some gouges out of the greens but most were in non pin placement areas and the greens desperately needed opening up so we pushed through.

The rain also played havoc with the practice net re-furbishment as the artificial turf can't be glued down with any moisture present.  As a result only 3 bays were completed this week and are now available for play.

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