Frosty mornings have been a significant issue over the past week,with some frosts not clearing until as late as 9.30am. This results in a lack of preparation for our greens surfaces. Fortunately the lack of growth has little effect on how the course plays.
Following last weeks rain we were able to carry out our scheduled application of Shortstop for Poa control. This application is critically timed around what we call “growing degree days” where the average daily temperature is recorded. When an accumulation of 300 “growing degree days” is met then we apply the chemical. The frequency of the spray increases as temperatures increase. The rain event made it possible for us to apply the chemical as frost was not present. If we waited for the course to dry out then we would be dealing with frosted conditions and would have to wait again for another window to present itself. An irrigation cycle of one revolution follows the application as it is absorbed through the crown and roots of the plant, hence the wetter than normal conditions last Friday.
The crew have been working hard at debris removal with only a small amount to go. This is tireless work and the crew should be commended on their efforts to achieve this on time. Moving forward we will focus on even distribution of sand in bunkers and irrigation installation on roughs throughout the back 9 holes.
My assistant Dave, Shane our head mechanic and I, have recently returned from the annual Greenkeeping Conference which was held in Wellington, New Zealand. We were also fortunate to play a few rounds of golf whilst there at some of the best courses in the country including Cape Kidnappers, Kinloch, Royal Wellington and Paraparaumu. Fantastic weather greeted us and the courses were a delight. The conference itself was also exceptional with some of the more appealing talks focused on the following:
• Understanding the problem of herbicide resistant weeds
• Choosing the correct weed control program and turfgrass cultivar
• Men’s mental health
• Turfgrass and climate change
• Soil moisture sensors and how to use their data effectively
• Spray workshop – involving latest techniques and innovations
• Predictive modelling of weed emergence, dew formation and disease and
These conferences give us a great opportunity to mingle with fellow peers and compare successes and failures across the industry. I would like to thank the Board and Club for giving us this opportunity to attend and look forward to adopting some of these approaches in the spring.