A windy and messy week on the courses with the Gum trees losing a lot of leaves and bark which is natural for this time of year. At least we don't have deciduous trees like the southern States where they really do make a mess. A friend of mine on a course with such trees commented to me once that ''people who say they love the colours of autumn have never worked on a golf course raking them up''!!
The West fairways got fertilised as planned on Tuesday and for a little while on Tuesday afternoon it looked like we were going to get an unexpected storm but it unfortunately fizzled. So we had to rely on the irrigation system to water it in which isn't perfect but that's the way it has to be. The motorised buggy traffic also breaks a lot of the fertiliser up which again isn't perfect but unless we close for a few days, can't be avoided. The problem with the buggy traffic is that it breaks the coating that is on each individual granule and releases the fertiliser earlier than required. They also cause a bit of a burn as they drive over the fairway as per the picture below.
The recovery of the unwanted green couch in 1R green really accelerated with the warmth of last weekend to the point that we are not going to be able to control it. As the picture of the rhizome showed last week the depth of where the shoots are coming from makes it impossible to hand weed them out. After consultation with Golf Management Committee it has been decided to excavate the perimeter of the green out and refill with fresh material as per the operation on the West greens and then stolonise. This will remove all the rhizomes and ensure that it is weed free. These works are proposed to commence on Monday December 30.
And I was reading some old golf journals during the week and came across this classic photo of a very classy follow through. What really caught my eye though was the footwear??!!