We finished the rainfall event with just shy of 550mm for the 12 days (or 22 inches in the old scale) which is a crazy amount of rain for any sporting playing surface anywhere. The moisture in the ground and the heat and humidity is now combining to give us grass growth levels that we haven't been seen for quite a while. Even the normally slow growing TifEagle greens have put on a growth spurt and the 328 greens have done what 328 is notorious for and become very puffy.
It's time like this that makes you wonder if we will ever catch up with the grass with short working weeks and lots of play making it difficult to get the work done. On Thursday the first player on the West course was walking off 18W @ 8am and the first group in the comp finished @ 9am on the River which is pretty hard to stay in front of. One of the main challenges we have to get the work done is the amount of repair work still required in the recovery from the rain. Just blowing leaves and debris out of bunkers is a mammoth task let alone getting to rake them all. But we have been here before and will battle through it as usual.
|Leaves out of 8W bunker.|
And an early Christmas present of sorts with a hydraulic oil leak on 1W green. Fortunately it was a hose connected to the power steering so was only leaking when the steering wheel was being turned so damage is confined to the edges of the green.
|Oil leak rear 1W green.|