The dry continues and there seems no end in the near future according to forecasts. With no more rain in January we will have the driest January since records began way back in 1886. At this stage we have had 8.6mm of rain since January 1 which is pretty much half of the 16.4mm that was recorded in January 1966. With December 2018 delivering just 92mm it will be the sixth lowest December / January combined total as well. And it will be only the sixth time that less than 40mm of rain has been recorded in January. So that's one of the reasons we are currently parched.
As I mentioned last week the irrigation system is operating at full capacity given our current supply volume and ability to pump out on to the courses. 1.2ML is pumped down each 24 hour period from the Banora Plant and that same quantity is pumped out on the courses each night. Add to that the evaporation from the irrigation dam and we are gradually dropping behind. We are not alone in the dry conditions with several other clubs reporting the same issues. And speaking of other clubs, 2 other 36 hole courses in southern Qld pump out 3.5ML a night on to their courses. Alas even if we could be supplied with that volume, our current system wouldn't be able to deliver that quantity to the courses. The fact that we are largely a sand based course doesn't help either although that's certainly a positive for us in times of rain.
A tree contractor will be working in the area between the Pro Shop and practice nets next Thursday and Friday. We will be trimming some of the huge Fig limbs in the area so please take care and follow all signage and directions.