This week saw the crew prepare for 132 golf course superintendents from across NSW and the ACT for the annual Greenkeepers Golf Day held here on Monday. In preparation we focused our attention on bunkers and greens. Bunkers were edged and weeded which presented them in a clean manner where greens received several roll applications to help firm and speed up play. The day was fantastic with many positive comments about the course. It is good to showcase what Royal Canberra has to offer to our fellow peers. As you can imagine there was a lot of talk about the redevelopment and particularly the grass species. Overall the day was a huge success and I thank all staff who were involved including Patrick Maher in the Golf Shop and our Functions Coordinator, Carey Lander and their teams.
Tuesday presented us with the first major frost for the season which heavily impacted the course preparations for the women. When frosts are forecast we will prepare for the next morning’s play the night before. This could incorporate mowing, rolling and changing holes to suit the day’s activities. Unfortunately there will be mornings where no preparations will take place in order to prevent frost damage.
Moving on this next week, we will be working on turfing some areas around the 16th green along with checking sand depths in bunkers.
A little over a week ago I attended a Poa discussion group seminar in Sydney to highlight the successes and failures we experience managing Poa. Superintendents from each state attended and had to present their stories to the group. This was very informative and because it was a small group we were able to discuss things in more detail. After hearing everyone’s presentation I can truly say that the programs we have in place are strong and will give us the best results long term. The most important message from the day was to allow time for the programs to work. The clubs involved are listed below:
Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, The National, Sorrento, 13th Beach, NSW, The Australian, Cromer, Concord, The Lakes, Terrey Hills , Royal Adelaide, Western Australia, Wembley and Kauri Cliffs (NZ)