Friday, March 1, 2019

So much for the 100mm + of rain that was supposed to accompany former cyclone Oma last week with just a few mm falling during the week.  We are still very dry and need some good rains while it's still warm to prepare us as we head towards winter.  It's looked like rain all week but only low single digit falls have been recorded.  Rain was recorded on 18 days in February but only totalled 88mm with one fall of 34 included in that.

Those of you who play Saturday to Saturday will barely recognise the courses with all storm damage cleared and playing surfaces restored.  The staff has done a great job getting the courses back as per usual.  We lost around 20 trees all up in the wind.

A Casuarina snapped at the base rear 15W.

In April the Club is hosting the Australian Girls Amateur Championship and to start preparations Golf Australia Championships Director Trevor Herden toured the River course last Wednesday to look for areas where he could lengthen the course with several tees going back to the blue plates.  Trevor mentioned that the outer handicap limit will be 5 and with a place in the open field up for grabs there will be a good international field. Trevor was last at Cool Tweed in 1998 for the PGA players school and was impressed with what he saw this week compared to back then which was a nice reward for the work undertaken over the years.  We don't really go out of our way with course preparations for events as we are such a busy golf course with continual club events being played and a small staff but this will be an exception with a concerted effort put towards the week of golf.  It started with the tees being fertlised this week and the fairways getting done next week.  As we get closer mowing regimes will be heightened along with general grooming.  Let's hope the weather cooperates!!??

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