In September we said farewell to David Haysom after his tenure as Club
Captain. Thanks for everything David, you can now concentrate on playing
golf and not worry about the course. You have now been saddled with me again – Rodney Gray
Once again as captain I will be out on the course and active around the club to bring you all the news, camera ready to capture moments such as Dave Rennie getting an dental inspection by Tony McCollum during prize giving.
Not all news is good news and on a very sad note this month we say goodbye to great mate RIP Rob Starkey.
SA Senior Open 2018
The first of some great news which I can report is that Plett CC will be once again hosting the SA Senior Open again from the 3-6 April next year with Mark McNulty (below 2017 SA Senior Open Champion) defending his title.
Bringing you updates from the greenskeeper
Well it’s that time of the year again where season is almost upon us and spring preparation is behind us waiting for summer to arrive. Hollow-tining was a great success which will benefit the greens in the long term and with the heat that’s yet to set in.
Dusting(light sanding)of greens will take place bi –weekly to produce firm and true running greens through the growing season. This year we sliced all the fairways for compaction relief and better water uptake seeing that the summer periods are becoming drier.
Selective tees are being levelled and top dressed to produce a level teeing off surface which is continuous maintenance during the growing season.
Bunkers are always a problem on our course(holding water and incorrect sand type) which will be remedied going forward changing back to washed river sand(as budget allows) and raising the drainage.
Manicuring and attention to detail is always our main goal to produce the best finished product for our members and visitors.
Improving slow play
I had an interesting conversation with Jeff Clause. He sent me this article (above) and has introduced it in St Francis Links, and it is already proving successful.
He has it on all golf carts, notice boards, news letters and via personal contact.
This could definitely assist us in our drive to improve slow play especially during seasonal large playing fields
A few of us recently undertook what we call a bottle run clearing our bush of unwanted litter, bottles, tins papers etc. This is what was collected. 6 blacks bags.
Ending on a fantastic note
There are definitely some big Koi in our 2nd dam, whilst out on the course the other day I managed to capture this photo