Thursday was the day the "circus came to town" in the form of the Toll Charity Golf Classic. Both courses were booked for the Friday event and not much expense was spared with a wide array of promotional paraphernalia ranging from serviettes to semi trailers and a guest appearance by Ricky Ponting. A hectic couple of days bumping in and out but the courses were left spotlessly clean and anyone not on site on either Thursday or Friday would be blissfully unaware that anything had taken place. A selection of photos below from the day.
|6 West tee. The $250K truck was the prize for a hole in one.|
|In front of the Half Way Bar|
|9 West tee|
|Another Prime Mover in the trees at 6 River|
Perhaps somewhat fortunately for the sponsors 4 metres was the closest anyone came to a hole in one on 6W!!
Back on the golf course and a temporary green has been prepared in front of 13 River green in readiness for the re-surfacing of the green. The main reason for the works is to prevent balls from running off the green at the rear right side and to also establish a hole location in the rear right of the green. Initially just the back half of the green was to be done but given the opportunity to remove some of the foreign couch contamination at the front of the green the decision was made to do the entire green. It is also very difficult to marry a new section of green with an existing surface and the green is now 16 years old. Yes that's right the back nine River greens were re-constructed and converted from Bentgrass to 328 Couchgrass in 1998!!
|Temp green 13R|
Construction work will commence on November 10 and with good growing weather the green will be out of play for 12 - 14 weeks. Stolons will be harvested from the green and replanted on the new green to maintain uniformity and a root barrier will be installed to prevent root encroachment from the Norfolk Pines at the rear of the green. The single bunker will remain.