Upcoming Course Maintenance and Current Conditions

Dear Member

We have now made it through a fairly wet winter on decent putting greens despite limited grass growth during this period. However wear and tear due to intensive play during the winter period has taken its toll and in the last few weeks playing surfaces have somewhat deteriorated. We have a three to four week wait for the dormant Bermuda grass to come to life as soil and air temperature steadily increase. In the interim we will be conducting all the critical seasonal work associated with spring renovations starting this Monday with hollow coring and pesticide application followed later in the week with sand top dressing. The aforementioned practices will prepare the greens for transition to warm season conditions and smooth over current imperfect surface levels.

You will have observed tee box construction which is ongoing and necessary to satisfy conditions to bring in four tee positions under the new world handicapping system. New forward tees and extensions to existing tees will be completed, oversown with warm season seed and turfed by middle May, we will then focus on correcting imperfect levels on existing tees during the summer months.

In addition to putting green seasonal maintenance, various practices will be undertaken during April and May on the fairways and surrounds including de-compaction, scarification and chemical application. The boys have already completed turfing of worn areas and continue ongoing works as we put the finishing touches to the upgrade of the irrigation system which has been a huge project over the last 12 months.

The course will take on an entirely different look during May after all the aforementioned works.

Your patience and understanding at this time is appreciated.


Phil luxon