Thursday, 30 June 2016
Water restrictions will most likely be happening very soon for people and businesses with a Permit to Take Water
Even without water restrictions our irrigation system will never be as good as natural rainfall. Certain areas have gone dormant. The turf is not dead and it will come back when ever significant rainfall occurs. The golf course is stlll very playable and we should be happy with the extra roll our ball is getting. We must keep up with the times and realize that having the golf courses in lush green conditions during a drought is not sustainable. Thank you for understanding.
Until next time...
Monday, 4 April 2016
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Saturday, 12 March 2016
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Friday, 7 August 2015
|Sorting out irrigation wire issues at the East course|
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Friday, 3 July 2015
Some of you may of noticed a different type of mower on the fairways at East course. It is actually an old rough mower converted into a roller. Yes we are actually rolling fairways! I'm sure you are wondering why we would w be rolling fairways. Research in the golf industry has shown that rolling turf has decreased stress and decreased the incidents of certain diseases. One disease in particular is called dollar spot which is very common all summer long and very expensive to control. Reducing the amount of fungicides is very important to us for both environmental and economic reasons. Hopefully we see a difference. The added benefits are tighter lies and extra ball roll.
We have installed big cups on the Valley nine at Victoria Park Valley. Larger cups were introduced in the golf industry a few years ago to make the game a little easier for high handicappers and beginner golfers. We hope that "traditional" golfers don't scoff at the idea. They should not interfere with your game. Who knows if you try it, you may like it.
Until next time...David
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Golf courses are very dynamic ecosystems with a wide variety of resident wildlife. Over the course of the season we will be featuring some of the wildlife that can be seen on the golf course, how to identify them and a bit about their behaviour. If there are any animals that you see on the course and would like to know, let me know and I'll do my best to help. I'm new to this sort of thing, so bare with me, it's a learning experience.
To start things off, we'll look at Butorides virescens, or more commonly, the Green Heron. Green Herons are beautiful birds with a deep-green back, rich chestnut-brown neck, dark grey wings and yellow legs (juveniles are browner with pale streaking on the neck and spots on the wings). They are shorter and stockier than most herons, with short legs and thick necks that are often drawn in against their body. Green Herons hunt by standing motionless at the waters edge or in the shallows, and ambush fish or amphibians with their heavy dagger-like bill. Interestingly, they are one of the world's few tool-using bird species. They actually create lures from insects, worms feathers, twigs and other objects to entice fish to them. During the breeding season, Green Herons perform courtship displays that include stretching their necks, snapping their bills, flying with exaggerated flaps, and calling loudly. The male will find a secluded are in his territory and begin building a nest before pairing up to breed, but afterwards passes most of the construction off to his mate. The pair will have a clutch of 3-5 eggs that they will incubate for 19-21 days. Chicks will leave the nest 16-17 days after hatching, but may stay with the parents for over a month after leaving the nest as they learn to hunt.
Green Herons are rather common, but can be very difficult to spot, so keep your eyes pealed when you're around the ponds and creeks, and you may catch a glimpse of this gorgeous bird.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
|Rough is thick and long!|
|Hole # 18 Fairway is now where first cut was|
|new Lastec rough mower|