Course Blog with Mitch Hayes

As summer comes to a close we are hoping for a reprieve from the humidity and, if possible, a little rain to boost growth through the autumn months.

Throughout March we will be installing a set of stone-laid steps for access to the men’s competition (blue tee marker) tees. These will be of a similar design to the ones which have been built on holes 3, 8, and 13. Though rational minds will likely prevail, please take care to avoid the steps whilst the stones are settling. Signage will be put up to remind everyone, so please take note.

I am looking to commence a mulching and planting project on the left-hand side of the 10th fairway. This will happen in the area beyond the current tree line and will be an environmental investment in the area for the future. This project will establish new native tree species in that area and help to transform it into a more aesthetically pleasing feature on the course.

We will be giving the fairways on holes 2 and 8 a heavy top dress both to help the new turf grow and to rectify some of the uneven areas. When dealing with heavy soils, as we are on these fairways, it is common for the soil to settle at different rates and top dressing is the perfect way to bring these areas back into equilibrium. Top dressing is not a quick fix but a long-term solution, which adds a layer of sand that is gradually incorporated in the soil profile.

As many of you may be aware, February saw the commencement of the volunteer program which runs on a weekly basis. I am pleased to report that this initiative has been working very well and producing some excellent results. Our dedicated volunteers have worked hard to remove wire grass from some of our more affected areas. Wire grass is a particularly difficult problem to overcome but thanks to this wonderful group we seem to be getting on top of it. So far we have managed to complete holes 1, 9 and 18 simply by running this program on Mondays. I would like to personally thank everyone who has contributed their time and effort and if you would like to be included in the volunteer program, please feel free to contact either myself, Terry Campbell or Geoff Kuehner on the emails listed below.

We are looking enthusiastically towards the future, and excited for the rest of 2016 at The Brisbane Golf Club.


Mitch Hayes
Course Superintendent


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