A very big week of work on the courses this past week and the weather on the warm up. The West greens have recovered very well from the renovation and have been mown several times this week. It is always a difficult time as the best time to mow them is when they are dry but unfortunately that's when the players are out. Mowing in the early morning dew makes the sand stick to the rollers on the mowers and the build up of sand then gets between the reel and bedknife affecting the quality of cut and this is the reason for the streaky lines on the greens. The height is gradually being returned to normal so if all goes to plan they should be fine by next week end.
|The Coots enjoying the lush growth on 7 West green|
Another 100 cubic metres of sand was added to the River course bunkers this week with the rear bunker on 2 River and the right side bunker on 15 River having some repair work carried out. A lot of stone had appeared in these bunkers so the existing sand was excavated and a liner installed prior to the new sand being added. The liner will prevent any more stone coming up from the floor of the bunker but will still allow drainage.
|8 River bunker before sand|
|8 River bunker after sand|
|2 River bunker lining and re-sanding|
Some more dead and dangerous tree removal continued this week and unfortunately one of the Norfolk Pines at the rear of 13 River green had to be removed. There was a major cavity in the tree that actually housed two bee hives and was beyond repair. The photo below shows a white tee marker that had been thrown in to the cavity some 8 metres off the ground. In addition to the beehive that was visible from the ground there was a native bee hive located in the upper cavity.
|Norfolk Pine rear 13 River cavity|
|The cavity as seen from the ground|