Recently we have had two generous donations from members. Paul Pettiford donated a ride-on mower (sans deck) and trailer and Jim Dickson donated a John Deere ride-on mower which (seen in the picture) was put straight to use last week for mowing around the clubhouse.
Sand in the bunkers. After the wet period the bunkers were GUR. This was because the sand hand packed down with the water that found it's way into the them. There is adequate sand inn the bunkers. The screw driver provides some scale to show the depth of around 400mm
Damage to a wet area of the course caused by a cart being driven through an obviously wet area
Mary Poppins arrived as scheduled. Last Wednesday at 2:15pm the "Poppin Chopper" landed near the net on the 14th and Mary was taken around the dam, with the pilot John Levi. Residents of Bowral House were gathered on the balcony which was decorated with Mary Poppin-like umbrellas.
The new ephemeral waterways on the 15th, 13th, 16th and 2nd are nearing completion. The one on the 16th has had a continual problem with the 400mm pipe blocking. The photo shows a very large root ball from the willow adjacent to the 13th pond that was removed about 10 days ago. At this stage it is not intended to remove the willow which very much adds to the aesthetic of the hole. Removing the roots will continue to be a maintenance job over the years.
Cart Use - many of our members depend on carts when playing golf. After a wet period our course takes some time to recover. The time to recover is of course, dependent on both the fall in the land and the sub soil structure. Courses built on sand can recover in as little as half an hour, whereas courses built on a clay/shale sub soil structure, take much longer. Sometimes the condition of the course means that carts can't be used and this is most unfortunate for the members who depend on carts. The decision to not allow carts is not taken lightly. Everyone wants to see golfers on the course. It is of advantage to all, after all we are a golf club. I will be writing to all users of carts, just to highlight the necessity of following the rules laid out in the Member's Handbook. I should emphasise that the vast majority of our members are very careful where they drive their carts. Please click here to see the letter.
Thursday May 1st.2014.
Clubhouse clear at 5:15pm
Registration starts at 5:20pm
AGM opens at 6pm
BGC Board nomination 2014
Sunday 21st Mixed Medley field
Players may have noticed a white colour cast around the edges of some of the greens. This is a selective herbicide for kikuyu grass. Kikuyu spreads by runners and these have been invading some of the greens, particularly on the 17th.
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