Tee Work

Work is planned to improve the 6th and 15th tees in the near future.
The work on the 6th tee will be in two stages. The first stage includes extending the front of the tee to allow proper tee placements for the ladies and levelling the front and the back of the tee. The second stage will level the middle portion of the tee.
This work has been made possible through the generosity of one of our members. Thank you.
The work on the 15th men’s tee will level the tee and provide a better starting point for the hole.


3rd Green
The third green has provided challenges for many golfers. If you are on the left side of the green, putts can be faster than those undertaken by professional golfers.
In addition, only about 30% of the green can be used for pins placements, which increases wear and tear on the areas where pins can be placed.
The project would extend the third green approximately five to six metres at the widest point, to the right of the green and behind the bunker. See photo below.
Once the new green area is in play, then the Greens Committee will consider if work is required on the left side of the green to reduce the slope.
This work has been sponsored by an anonymous member.

Greens Coring

On October, the course’s greens will be cored and sanded. Coring of the greens is a very disruptive task. However, it is very necessary and vital work.
So, why is coring so important?
The simple answer is to keep the turf healthy. The condition of greens are under constant assault from continual foot and mower traffic. This compacts the soil, which reduces the oxygen available at the root level. When the roots are deprived of oxygen they weaken and the grass will eventually die. The lack of oxygen also affects the effectiveness of soil microbes necessary for the decay of dead organic matter such as old turf roots. Coring also reduces the accumulation of organic material, known as “thatch”, which occurs when microbial decay is ineffective.
To keep the turf healthy, you must have deep, healthy roots, which have good oxygenation. The oxygenation occurs by creating tiny pockets for air between the roots and the soil/sand particles.
Coring is the mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and benefits deep rooting. It is done by removing a couple of centimetres from the compacted soil, allowing an injection of air and water that will produce a revival of growth. The spaces are filled with sand (topdressing), which helps the soil to retain air space and makes it easier for the roots to grow downward.
The elimination of the thatch layer is also important. When thatch accumulates, greens become very soft and slow and water drainage becomes very poor. Coring aids the development of micro-organisms that benefit the growth of the turf; and facilitates good drainage and infiltration of water, as much from rain and as from irrigation.
When greens are cored, the green recovery does not usually exceed two or three weeks. Please Note: Once the coring is complete, it is unlikely that the greens will be cut before  . When the coring is being undertaken, the course will be closed. No golf play will be permitted.

Men’s 16th Tee & Forward 9th Tee

Through the generosity of two of our members, who wish to remain anonymous, work was possible to returf the 16th tee.

Thank you for your support.

Our thanks also to Brett from Bay Hire for loaning our Club the turf cutter, which made work so much easier.


 

Work has commenced to reposition the men’s forward 9th tee to the left of the current tee. This will take out of play the trees that are on the right of the fairway making the hole fairer to play.
The work involves removing the weeds from the previously constructed tee, top dressing the tee to level it, returfing where necessary and relocating the irrigation system.
The cost for this work is virtually zero as the work will be undertaken by the volunteers.

Practice Bunker

The Board of Management approved the creation of a practice bunker near the practice green which is adjacent to the 10th green.
The bunker will be constructed to Australia and US Golf standards and will mirror the bunkers on our course.
The proposed area is marked by a red line and the construction will be undertaken as soon as the weather and other priorities allow.
It is unlikely that the bunker will cause any problems should a wayward shot go to the right. However, if this does occur, then there will be a free drop in a designated drop zone.
There will be minimal cost for this work as most of the materials are at the Club and the volunteers will undertake the majority of the labour under the supervision of Ashley.