A highly productive week across the courses with all greens, tees and fairways fertilised and bunker rejuvenation following the flood continuing. The bunker work in particular is predominantly hand work to restore them and the bulk of the West course has now been completed. The fertiliser application was timed to ensure that we are as healthy as possible leading into the NSW Ladies Open that is now just four weeks away. The tournament has loomed large on the horizon for a few years now and it always amazes me how the last month leading in flies by.
The actual course distance the ladies will be playing is all but finalised and will see them using several mens blue and white tee locations so they will be managed / rested in the lead up to ensure the best possible surface. The couple of days of sunshine this week were most welcome but the forecast now of rain through to Wednesday next week means more low light levels and as I have mentioned before this has a seriously deleterious effect on the turfgrass. Let's hope there's not enough to wash out the bunkers again.
Thursday afternoon this week gave us another opportunity to get the West greens de-thatched in the dry which gave a great result but unfortunately the topdressing machine failed again and we missed the opportunity to get some sand on to them. Hopefully we will get some sand out next week and will also try and get a solid tine aerate done to help keep them draining surface water away quickly through the tournament if needed.
And just when you think you've seen everything......