I guess we can't really complain though when you look at the golf courses in Perth who have not had a drop of rain since February 2nd and then Cairns GC who have had in excess of 1.2 metres in the past 3 weeks....thats right metres!!!
The most noticeable aspect of the weather cooling is divot recovery and we will start seeing more and more divots evident in the coming weeks as recovery time slows. The use of sand buckets is crucial during the winter in order to maintain a playing surface. The tees in particular really suffer from the wear from now on and a combination of play and shade on many of them make growing grass nigh on impossible. To assist maintaining a grass cover several of the worst tees will actually be oversown with a Ryegrass / Fescue mix so as to provide a winter playing surface. Weather permitting this will take place on April 16th with River course tees 4,16, 18 and West course tees 7, 13 and 18 being oversown. The photo below shows 15 West tee with about 4 rows of divots visible and some of the shade that the tee experiences. Two weeks ago there would have only been one line of divots visible in the same area.
|Divots on 15 West tee|
The West greens will be needle tine aerated this week so that we can finally get some air exchange happening after the summer. The greens can't be done until the weather cools to prevent them from drying out but it is a process that is essential for the greens and long overdue. The River greens will be lightly de-thatched and possibly have a sanding to help prepare them for the on coming winter in the next week.
And finally congratulations to our Division One Pennant team on their win in the Gold Coast Pennant competition today....the quality of golf was amazing to say the least.