The 2022/2023 summer has again been another relatively mild one with only a hand full of very hot days and some recent heavy rain falls. These favourable conditions have allowed our greens to be maintained at a good standard. Assisting this was our greens spray program that has consisted of regular fungicide, pesticide, wetters and fortnightly nutrition applications to also help with all pest and disease control.
Over the past month the staff have been plugging out damaged areas of greens that had been scarred from scarifying during the last greens renovation. We have also seeded the bare areas on the 8th and 17th greens and covered with seeding mat to help with seed germination.
Next month we will be undertaking our Autumn Greens Renovation Program. This will consist of soil aeration, soil amendments and top dressing.
Moving forward the course staff will start to tackle some of the numerous plant species that we currently have in our greens surface. Please be patient as this could take quite some time and there may be some minor disruption to the playing surfaces before they improve. We will not be able to remove all undesirable species as some have encroached heavily on our greens.
All teeing surfaces are holding up very well. The ground staff all appreciate our members who help fill extra divots during their round of golf. It makes a huge difference in turf recovery, keep up the great work. Along with our greens renovation next month we will also be coring and fertilising all tee boxes.
Recently we have changed our members tee markers from yellow to blue as requested.
Over the last few months our fairways suffered heavily with billbug infestation, which resulted in turf damage. With repeated applications of insecticide and the recent rain, this pest is under control and our fairways have recovered very well.
Coming into Autumn, we will be fertilising all fairways and continuing to back fill the wheel ruts left behind from all our previous course flooding.
Thank you to everyone who has made me feel welcome since coming on as the new course superintendent in November last year. I would also like to thank my awesome staff who make the course look so good every week and have made my job easier with their hard work and dedication, keep up the good work boys.
See you all on the course.
During the last couple of years, the Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone. Social distancing measures were introduced at Macarthur Grange and at times, policy allowed only members to attend the course who lived within a 10km radius and later 5km radius of the Golf Course. This created a lot of disruption to our Golf Competitions.
Some decisions were made to ensure our members could play safely, and in accordance with the current NSW Health restrictions.
As predicted, it has been a wet Summer and the course has been impacted due to heavy rain falls and flooding. We greatly appreciate the tireless efforts of our Green Keepers, in particular during these recent times. It’s been a tough gig for our team in keeping the course maintained, but our Course is looking great nonetheless.
The Golf Course continues to be at the forefront of the Club’s focus and we will continue to do all we can to ensure our members and players enjoy each and every game.
This year we started it off with a delayed Club Championship for 2021. Played over 4 rounds on the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd of January.
A massive congratulations to the winners of the Graded Championship. (Richard Hayes – Senior Champion, Lorenzo McFarland – B Grade Champion, Kristy Riley – Ladies Champion, Luke Campbell – Club Champion and Neville Ashton-Hay – C Grade Champion).
Nett Winners: Andrew Arnold – A Grade, Lorenzo McFarland – B Grade, Neville Ashton-Hay – C Grade, Kristy Riley – Ladies, Richard Hayes – Seniors
Australia Day Cup saw our Members come out and play for Individual Stableford and 2 Ball Best Ball Group win.
Winner of Individual Stableford – Fokisau Chan Sau (44 points)
Winner of 2BBB – Kobisau Chan Sau and Ianu Lam-Slade – Nett 48
Congratulations to our winners!
Moving through the end of January and beginning of Feb we have the first round of Match Play and the start of Major Pennant’s competition for 2022. Macarthur Grange will play host Georges River in our first round of Major Pennants. We wish all representing the Club the best of luck.
On that note we will leave it here and update you as results come in for Match Play and Pennants.
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