We received 48mm in the downpour that accompanied the storm last Sunday night but unfortunately the bulk of the water ran off and was of little benefit to our dry soil profiles. Our predominantly sand profile is a great advantage when you get the rains but when they don't come it is nigh on impossible to keep enough water up to the fairways in particular. The 7mm that we received on Thursday was a very different matter though with just about every drop soaking in. A pretty wet looking forecast for the next few days and into next week so hopefully there will be some rainfall there for us.
We took advantage of the rain and got some fertiliser out on the tees and some of the wear areas so that should hopefully see some green up. It is still too cool, especially the soil temperatures, to really get some serious growth happening but with the humidity today it may only be just around the corner. The River greens are recovering well and the same goes for them regarding the soil temperatures so recovery will be a little slow.
1R green surround looks good with a lot of shoots showing already. It's only a week since planting and I would like to think by this time next week there should be a lot of leaf starting to happen.
There has been a lot of talk about bunker raking throughout the golfing world since the start of the pandemic and the age old discussion of rakes in or out of the bunker has been at the forefront. Well a golfer in Melbourne has come up with a potential solution by developing a ''personal golf rake'' that fits neatly into a golf bag and even comes with a head cover. The rake head folds down snug along the extendable handle and it just slides in your bag. Who knows if they will become the ''new norm''?