It was hard to believe we were on the same planet in the calm conditions on Wednesday afternoon after what happened on Tuesday. I can't remember being on course in such high winds as we got on Tuesday and fortunately not much tree debris hit the ground. Except of course leaves!! A few times the leaves looked like a tidal wave as they swirled around and basically rendered the course unplayable. In such conditions the bunkers virtually become leaf collectors and the amount of debris in them required hand raking out which is a very time consuming task. The greens had a lot of debris on them too so much so that it took four staff two hours each to get them clear for mowing on Wednesday morning whereas most normal windy days takes 2 staff 1 hour each. Then along comes Friday with a howling northerly so at least the debris is coming from a different direction.
|2R green - good luck putting through that!|
|15R leaf collector!|
The need for rain gathers momentum every day now especially with the increasing temperatures. The turf is under a lot more stress as the heat exacerbates the drying out of the rootzone. The pond on the dogleg of 5W has dried up again which is the third time in eighteen months and I think it has only happened on three other occasions since I have been here.
The River greens soil tests came back pretty much as expected after such a prolonged dry period and subsequent high usage of the treated water. Salt levels are in the extreme range on all greens so the renovation and hopefully some rainfall will do them wonders. Most other elements are within the expected parameters. We will kickstart the renovation period with the tees to be scarified next week and they may also be aerated but that depends a lot on the rainfall outlook as the aeration really dries them out.