As mentioned in last week’s edition of The Cut, October is officially GOLF MONTH! All the major golfing bodies have got together to promote the game across the country with a number of fun initiatives designed to help boost participation.
Among them, Golf Victoria is leading a national social media campaign called the #CoffeeCupCup. Many from within the golf industry and media have posted their attempts online this past week and the AGCSA has also put its entry in. The AGCSA’s attempt (completed in just one take - good putter that editor!) involved a stimpmeter and a Clegg Hammer – check out the AGCSA’s Twitter feed here. The AGCSA challenges all members to come up with their own. Here's what you have to do to get involved:
Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s weekly e-newsletter. This week we check up on the progress of the new-look back nine at RACV Royal Pines with the 2015 Australian PGA Championship less than two months away and get the latest news from the Australian Golf Industry Council. Enjoy the read.
The tournament season swings into action again next week with AGCSA superintendent member Steve Lalor and his crew at Natadola Bay Golf Course hosting the second Fiji International. A little closer to home, this week saw the passing of the 50 days to go mark for the 2015 Emirates Australian Open which will be held at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. If you’re on Twitter make sure you follow The Australian spray technician and AGCSA member Dean Hardman who regularly posts about what’s going on at the course. Looking at some of his photos from the club’s recent renovations things look to be well on track for the end of November.
Further north and at RACV Royal Pines course superintendent and AGCSA member Lincoln Coombes and his crew are all hands to the pump with the 2015 Australian PGA Championship looming in the first week of December. The second stage of redevelopment works has concentrated on the back nine and with all work now completed the focus is on getting the turf surfaces bedded in and ready for the tournament. Coombes sent The Cut the following update along with the above photos showing progress of the new-look back nine.
“Stage 2 of construction here at RACV Royal Pines has gone well with good weather helping the grow-in of the Wintergreen fairway turf and TifEagle greens turf. We have managed to stay on top after learning a lot from last year’s redevelopment of the front nine which was more of a rush to meet the PGA deadline. This year sees the tournament move forward a week and given that construction took an extra week to complete due to weather conditions during the earthworks phase – it’s very hard to shape in mud – we are now working hard to get the surfaces ready for the tournament.
“We have started pushing the turf with all fairways now being cut at 13mm. The plan is to get them down to 7-8mm then to bring them back up to 10mm for the tournament (this worked well for us last year). All Wintergreen surfaces have received an application of organics and in the next couple of weeks a slow release and a couple of foliar applications of fertiliser with Trinexapac-ethyl added to help regulate growth will be made.
“The greens are now all being cut at 3mm with regular dethatching at -3mm with brushing and dusting. This week we hollow-tined the 16th and 17th greens (these were the last two greens laid) to help get them up to speed with the firmness and we have also been giving them regular foliar feeds and soil applications.
“We have been dusting around greens and landing zones with 900 tonne of sand purchased on top of the project which was a bit of a hassle as last year we were able to use 1000 tonne of sand stockpiled from the old greens. This year with the flood storage model in the black, Ertech was able to use the sand to shape bunkers and green surrounds.
“There’s still plenty of work ahead of us and hopefully the weather will be kind over the next two months. The staff have been fantastic with offers to hang back and complete jobs and we have added a couple of labour contractors to compliment the staff. Roll on the tournament!”
Craig Day of Spray Safe and Save is proposing to run a workshop that will provide quality on-site spray training including chemical user accreditation, calibration and testing of spray application equipment in northern NSW in late November/early December. If you are interested in either hosting or having you and your staff attend an event such as this, please contact Cath on (02) 6345 5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Just days after the hottest AFL Grand Final on record in Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology has released a special update for its monthly and seasonal Climate Outlooks for the October-December period. An update of the October and October–December climate outlooks has been issued due to a significant shift in the October outlook nation-wide, related to a strengthening positive Indian Ocean Dipole reinforcing the impacts of the strong El Niño. Key points from the update include:
Click here to read the temperature and rainfall updates in full.
For the record, the temperature at the MCG reached 31.3 degrees at 3.28pm last Saturday making it the hottest Grand Final on record since the 1987 decider between Carlton and Hawthorn where it reached 30.7 degrees.
The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC), of which the AGCSA is a member of, has issued an update on its activities this week. AGIC Chair and PGA of Australia CEO Brian Thorburn (pictured) writes that since late 2014 the AGIC has been busy developing several new initiatives, including the appointment of Repucom to develop a significant piece of research focusing on understanding the golf consumer better and completing a strategic directions process.
“As the peak industry group for golf in Australia, it is time to refresh our focus and make sure we are working on the most important and strategic initiatives for our sport,” writes Thorburn. “Our long term core purpose since forming in 2006 is to work in a more coordinated manner for the common good of the game. With several projects and multiple opportunities to be considered, our task is to focus on the key activities we can all pursue and support. In the coming months we will communicate in more detail our new Strategic Directions.”
Click here to read the Spring 2015 AGIC update.
... the following AGCSA and state superintendent association members who are holding major events in the coming week:
If you have a major event coming up at your club and would like it mentioned in The Cut, or have recently held a major tournament, then please email details and photos to AGCSA editor Brett Robinson