Sunday, January 27, 2013

Well washing my car last week end certainly bought the rain which is what I wanted but enough's enough!!  We have had about 140mm for the week so far and most of it has been fairly light soaking rain which is just what the courses needed after such a prolonged dry spell.  A number of Clubs in south east Queensland have been buying water for their irrigation requirements over the past few months which must be a first for this time of year so they will certainly be breathing a sigh of relief.  Fortunately for Cool Tweed we have the supply of recycled water to keep us going although as I have previously mentioned the wind makes even distibution difficult.  Coupled with some gremlins in the transfer pumps and the dam we pump from actually running dry 2 weeks ago, it hasn't been the easiest summer.  It got me thinking to how diverse my job is and the number of situations and little crises that Superintendents the world over have to deal with.  Pumps, machinery and staff are probably right up there with the weather and hopefully we will miss the worst of what is predicted over the next 24 hours weather wise, particularly the wind gusts of up to 100 kmh due this evening. 
I follow a number of blogs around the world and have put together a few photos of what is going on elsewhere on the worlds golf courses.
Cairns GC this morning

Briarwood CC in Chicago

The work goes on at Briarwood!!

Hazeltine GC in Minneapolis hosing the snow off the skating rink
on one of their dams
The source of water in the photo above at Hazeltine -
 just drill a hole through the ice!!
I am sure we will see a vastly different Hazeltine when
they host the 2016 Ryder Cup!!
 And at Carnoustie GC this was the part of the report for December; 
The early part of December was very cold with the ground being frozen solid and the daytime temperature rarely above 2degC.  CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE - The greens were cut once and rolled twice during December
The world of golf sure is a strange place!!

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