Friday, May 1, 2020

Just a little chill in the air today but another great day for golf.  Temperatures in the high 20's again all week has kept the grass moving along and I grabbed the opportunity to get the final sanding of the year on to the River greens earlier in the week.  As I have mentioned here several times, sand and reel mowers don't mix particularly well and so we normally don't mow for a couple of days following which happened this week.  The nice temperatures and a recent application of fertiliser combined to give the greens quite a boost in growth which is great as we head towards winter.

All fairways and tees were also fertilised this week which will hopefully extract a bit more growth from them as well.  Elsewhere on the courses the low tides this week allowed us to clean up the islands on 7 and 8R and we were also able to replace the drain on RHS 6R.  It was quite a deep excavation so the area will remain cordoned off for the time being while some settling takes place.  We also made a start on removing some of the dead trees on the courses including what was one of the biggest trees on the property and this will continue next week. 

Massive Eucalypt between 2 and 12W.

 A very interesting day last Tuesday which added a bit of excitement to the week with a police operation on the course following a car being burnt out on the levee bank road adjacent to 8R.  Four people were seen walking away from the incident across the course and the police were called and attended very quickly and chased them into Ukerebagh Nature Reserve which is to the left of 5R.  The police report was;

Three men and a teenage girl have been charged in relation to an alleged break-in and stolen car in the state’s north yesterday.
About 8am today (Tuesday 28 April 2020), police were called to a golf club on Soorley Street, Tweed Heads, following reports of a vehicle on fire.
Officers attached to Tweed/ Byron Police District attended and engaged four people in a foot pursuit towards the Tweed River.
A 17-year-old girl and 27-year-old man were arrested at the shoreline.
With the assistance of the Marine Area Command, Queensland Pol Air and the Dog Unit, two men, aged 28 and 19, were arrested shortly after on Ukerebagh Island.
Police will allege in court that the vehicle was stolen during a break and enter overnight at Banora Point.
All four were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where they were charged.
The 28-year-old man was charged with aggravated break & enter, steal motor vehicle, and destroy property in company use fire. He was refused bail to face Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 29 April 2020).
The 19-year-old man was charged with aggravated break & enter and carried in conveyance. He was refused bail to face Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 29 April 2020).

It's alight!!

Fire and Rescue station 514 Banora Point on the scene.
The result.

And well away from the heat of the fire was a Green Tree Frog that had made its home not in a tree but rather a sub surface valve box near 5R green.  I haven't seen too many of late so it was nice to see such a healthy specimen.

Nice cool spot

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