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LGC Course Update – Wed 22/4/2020 – Seeding

The seeding of the 9th green and the turf nursery was undertaken today to cap off a busy 8 days for the Team.  I asked you last update to think about how many kilograms of seeds would be needed to adequately cover the 9th green to produce a top class finish.  A few responders guessed between 30 to 100 kilo’s but I am pleased to say the figure was actually closer to just 3 kilograms;  with about 9,600,000 seeds per kilo,  you can now better understand why we need just a few kilo’s of seed.

Dylan was also able to secure the same A4 strain of bentgrass mix as we have on the putting green, which eventually will give us a beautiful precinct with both surfaces complementing each other.

With 9.6 M seeds per kilo, the mixture is super fine and you could be excused for thinking it would be an excise in futility to sow the green on a day like today, with a blustery sou’wester blowing.  Bring in the Hydroseeding specialist, Michael Riodon of Turf Renovations Australia, who has a solution too good to pass up.

Hydroseeding involves the preparation of a solution of measured water with recycled paper pulp, dye additive, A4 Bentgrass seed, starter fertilizer, fungicide, then stirred not shaken, then agitated, finally a paper mache like product was ready to apply by spraying onto the green, leaving a crusty surface of paper pulp which locks in the seed helping to protect it from the elements, whilst providing a nutritious base in which the seed can germinate and root.

The 9th green seeding was finished in a short time and now has a blue/grey tinge to the surface.  Due to the tight fiscal situation and the Covid 19 impact, Dylan has needed to park this program for the foreseeable future.  As a result, we still have a small supply of bentgrass turf in reserve, which was stripped off the  9th green, and laid out on the nursery.  With a future need for bentgrass turf when we next continue our program to rid all greens of encroaching couch, it became imperative that some of the turf nursery be seeded with bentgrass, whilst the majority would be sown with fine fescue.

Today using a portable spreader, Denis spread granulated fertilizer across the whole of the nursery  then marked off about 25% of the nursery for bentgrass  seeding.  Once that was done, Dylan seeded the 75% of the nursery with fescue seed using the portable spreader, applying about 40 litres of seed overall.  This was then rolled with a bunker machine so that the knobby tyres would leave nice indents in the surface which the  fescue mache product could adhere into.

The Contractor then sprayed 25% of the nursery with the bentgrass mache, before spraying the remaining 75% of the nursery with a further coating of fine fecue mache.  It is hoped that the coming week will bring ideal conditions for both grasses to germinate.

Denis was telling me that he had cut just over 3 kilometres of fine fescue off the turf nursery in recent weeks for use in the couch eradication project.  Today’s re-seeding of the turf nursery will ensure that a plentiful supply of fine fescue and bentgrass turf,  will be available for the next phase of this project.

On another note which is of interest to all members,  is the preparations being made by LGC, in anticipation for the restart of golf.  As yet the course remains closed, and the Andrews Government prohibits the playing of golf, but we anticipate this situation will likely be reviewed, probably in line with the Premier’s next statement on the emergency lockdown conditions, expected about the 11th May,

The Greens Committee is working with the Match Committee on preparing for a likely restart, and in doing so are  installing a poly- styrene collar on each pin which will allow the ball to enter and stop within the cup, but which will allow for retrieval of the ball by hand without a need to touch the flag stick.  The styrene collar will be about 10 mm below the cup lip, giving a more realistic feel to the game and allowing you to finish off by putting out the hole.

Dylan and Denis have also started cutting a temporary green  on the 9th fairway, in front of the  new 9th green which has been roped off.  Both these steps will enable the Club to open the time sheet contemporaneously with any forthcoming Government announcement.

In the meantime, isolate and stay safe.  See you when next the Course is open.

Andy Bassett

Chair of the Greens Committee

 

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LGC Course Update – Work On 9th Green Nears Completion

 

With favourable weather conditions last week Dylan, Denis and their regular band of volunteers, have put in some long hours to push ahead with the 9th green project after the good work the previous week with the removal of the surface and then the base shaping, as previously reported on.  The week started with final shaping of the green, surrounds and the slope away from the green at the back.  High spots on the surface were shaved and low spots filled as they had become more evident after good rains that had been received at the Club.  The surface needed to be broken up, raked with a bunker machine, smoothed and re-compacted using the two Workmen vehicles.

The next phase was to set the sprinkler heads to the correct height above the new base surface level and taking in a further allowance for the fescue turf collar which had to be laid. Some sprinkler cabling and pipework also had to be set deeper under the new surface level so as they wouldn’t be damaged during coring and normal maintenance on the future green.

The couch turf at the back of the green had been peeled off so that reshaping continued with fill to make a softer slope running off the back of the green. The couch surround was then re-laid and shaped. I think most members will be pleased with this new shape and will not dread playing too long into the 9th in the future, as the shot back onto the green from the back,  will not be as daunting.

The green was marked out with paint to allow a 2.1m distance in from the old couch surrounds in which the fine fescue collar would sit, and once marked, a covering of 20-30 mils of sand, previously removed from the old green, was recycled and spread over the new surface inside the collar.  The sand was applied in part by using the Clubs spreader, as well as the front end loader, then raked and levelled by hand, with the outer edge formed along the collar markings.  74 metres of fine fescue, was then cut from the turf nursery and re-laid on the 9th, as the innermost ring of the collar which in turn defined the green, and to which the greens sand could be levelled against.

The greens sand was then levelled against the fescue collar, raked and compacted using the bunker rake and then workmen vehicles.

A good team of volunteers laid the other 6 rings of fine fescue on the 9th. the following day.  That sounds simple but in reality, it was a lot of grass that had to be cut from the nursery, rolled and sacked on pallets, then tractored to the 9th and the process reversed.  The new surrounds really shaped the green and we could begin to visualise the green: it was good day of hard yakka. The seeding of the green will likely be done early next week, depending on the weather.  Until then, you may start thing about how many kilograms of seed you think will be needed to cover such a large area as the new 9th green.  That’s another story for next week.

The green surrounds were finished off the next day with some extra couch, smoothing out, and sanding gaps in the surround.  The turf nursery was also reformed into a quadrant, the edges sanded and the whole smoothed and levelled ready for seeding in the coming week. Over the course of this project Dylan received some encouragement and advice from not only Denis and every volunteer that helped including those on the Green Committee, but it was nice to see Steve Earle, our past Course Superintendent and Dylan’s mentor in his early years, come out to the club and share some of his knowledge on similar projects.   I am sure Dylan’s vision of the 9th green has come to reality and I will be surprised if the 9th does not become another signature hole.

Many thanks to all the volunteers that have helped get this project to where it is.

I could have described this project in a sentence or two, but with the COVID-19 isolation, I’m sure you had time to read this yarn.

Just a reminder to all members, particularly the odd couple who think differently,  the Course is Closed.  Play on the Course is not permitted.  The President will advise you when play can resume.

 

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COURSE CLOSURE

The Board of Leongatha Golf Club  have decided that in light of the continued rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout Victoria, we can no longer keep the club open for either our members or the public. As a result, THE COURSE, CLUBHOUSE AND PRACTICE FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED FROM 25TH MARCH FOR ALL GOLFERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

We thank you for your understanding in making this decision, we have your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff  at the forefront of our minds. We look forward to the day when we can announce the  recommencement of golf at our beautiful course. Stay safe, and please abide by the directions the Government is giving regarding isolation etc. This is serious, and we want to all of you to return.

 

 

4BBB Hawaiin Shirt Day Saturday, December 21

36 teams competed in cool conditions, participating in an Hawaiin Shirt Day, sponsored by Garry Rotteveel and Liz Hodge.
The winning combination with 46 points were Ian Debenham and Chris Indian. In second place were Geoffrey Maher and Marea Maher with 45 points. Ron Paice and Trevor Moss took out 3rd place on a countback with 43 points.
It was a very enjoyable day.

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4 BBB Mulligans Day Thursday, December 19th

In perfect conditions, members competed in a 4BBB event. A big thank you to our sponsors, Tony Gedye, Ross McRobert and Bill Howson. The winners with an amazing score of 54 points was the combination of John McLennan and Michael Hill. Second place went to Hugh Goodman and Bryan McCorkell with 49 points and third place was taken out by Marianne Lever and Anna DeBont with 48 points. A great day was had by all.

 

Joker Poker was drawn until a winner was found. The jackpot of $2200 went to the syndicate of Jeff Brewer, Peter Brownlie, Paul Luck and Bruce Clark.

 

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Tuesday Stableford December 17th.

66 players encountered delightful conditions and this resulted in some excellent scores. Hugh Goodman was the overall winner on countback from an unlucky Frank Thomas. Both had scores of 41. Leroy Sharrock had an outstanding round scoring 40 points off a handicap of 4, subsequently taking out A Grade. B Grade was won by John McLennan, continuing his good run, with a solid 38 points.

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Thursday Stableford

A great field of 82 took up the stableford challenge for today’s competition. Trevor Moss shot the lights out to win overall with 42 points. Peter Walsh was the best of the A-grade field with 35 points. John Mclennan also played some great golf to take out B-grade with 40 points and Brad O’Brien continued his recent good form to win C-grade with 38 points.

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MOVEMBER RAINBOW TEE DAY THURSDAY 28TH nOVEMBER

The field of 66 players was treated to perfect conditions for today’s stableford competition – known as “Rainbow Tee Day” as part of our contribution to Movember.

Shooting the lights out, Ian Blencowe blitzed the field to take out overall honours with 46 points! A-grade winner was Gordon Morrison with an excellent 42 points; while John McInnes took out B-grade with 39 points.

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THURSDAY STABLEFORD

Following completion of coring of the greens, a more modest field of 36 players experienced very warm and windy conditions for today’s stableford competition.

Taking the opportunity of a golfing experience elsewhere, Captain Colin Bear spirited a happy bunch of caravaners north to Euroa for a few days, while Joker Poker Chairman, Paul Luck, led a busload of members to Mirboo North for the day.

Winton Knop handled the challenging conditions best to win A-grade and overall with 39 points, while Mick Oliver also played very good golf to take out B-grade honours with 38 points.

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