Following on from last week’s update, the marquees and all TV towers have now been erected with the 2019 Emirates Australian Open just two weeks away. The 18th green looks ready for tournament play with the Emirates and Fujitsu marquees towering over the green providing a wonderful vantage point of The Australian’s fantastic par five finishing hole.
I know that we aren’t the only ones suffering, but boy do we need some rain! Some areas around the course are getting crispy and the irrigation system is working overtime. It’s just some of those high wear areas and the roughs that are really struggling, however, I can guarantee that there are places that are a lot worse off than us.
The South Range has again been dedicated to house the Media Centre and all the other infrastructure that coincides with holding a tournament. The number of portaloos that have arrived is tremendous, so there will be no need for the crew to race back to the maintenance facility!
The irrigation has been turned off the range just to help firm it up with all the containers and marquees that are on it, with the surface hard and minimal tracks left form all the machinery that has been driving over it. This will aid in recovery once the tournament is over.
Elsewhere around the course, we have been again going through the motions of the maintenance practices we carry out regardless if the tournament is here or not. These include;
Last Wednesday we had a visit from the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club assistant superintendents Mark Harkness (South Course) and Jeremy Clarke (North Course). Mark was a volunteer when I was one here at The Australian Golf Club all the way back in 2014. Both Mark and Jeremy came up and visited the top golf courses around Sydney to gain some insight into what we do up here north of the boarder – the harder side undoubtedly! They sat down with both Dave Smith and I and we had a great chat and then had a self-guided tour of the course and new maintenance facility.
As of writing this we are 16 days out from the open and with only 10 days till the volunteers come it is all getting very exciting and very real.
3IC, The Australian GC