18th hole/ 5th mounding/ treeline
Work has commenced as of October with 5 trees being removed between the 18th and 5th fairway. Beginning October 6, mounding will be re-created buy an external contractor over the space of 4-5 days. The mounds will be lowered in size so that the area can be cut using current rough mowers and generally neater. At present the mounds are too steep and difficult to maintain and grow grass.
Several weeks later trenches will be dug and irrigation extended. The irrigation will extend up towards the tee to increase the fairway and couch cover. In future a path will be concreted and possibly some small mounding down the left hand side of the fairway installed to reduce run off near the 17th tee.
We expect the project to have minimal impact on play and be GUR.
7th Fairway Drain
The drain on the left of the 7th have been re-done with clay soil as opposed to rock drainage in order to retain some form after heavy rains. We hope the area covers over the summer with couch.
In order to enhance growth of couch we ask members to walk and drive up the high side of the 7th.
Melbourne water has agreed to allow the club to trim some trees near the bridge to enhance safety and visibility off the tee.
14th Hole Boundary Fence
Maribyrnong Council are currently constructing a fence along the 14th hole, replacing the old one at their cost. The fence will be higher than the old one. A temp fence is installed for some weeks during the construction phase. The temp fence is the OOB fence until further notice.
10th Greenside Back left Bunker
This bunker has been removed and made into a small mound with new rough planted. It is seen to be a trial area for future mounding rough improvements to the course for other areas and follows the strategic plan.
The bunker is old and in needing of renovation, however due to its location and lack of strategic relevance to play a mound and rough is a preferred option than a full re-build. A small gap will remain to allow walk off from the 10th easing traffic from the front of the green and improving safety for players to exit the green away from the line of play. We expect the front bunker to be rebuilt in coming years to improve the hole as part of the bunker rebuild program and course improvement master plan.
2 safety fences have been erected to improve safety to the 11th green and bunker. We still ask members to exercise common sense and only hit from the 2nd whilst it is safe to do so. Players on the 11th need to ensure they give way to players hitting off.
At this stage there will not be a full corring in March 2020 due to new practices of turf management. September 2020 will return to a full corring.
Due to lack of sunlight and traffic a small renovation of the 11th tee has taken place. A large tree removed and the path widened with a border on the 11th tee to encourage better playing conditions. The tee will be sodded with turf.
We are still getting members walk straight onto tees during the day. Please report to Golfshop at all times (even non comp days) prior to hit off. With extra payers on course we need to be aware of who is out there in case of emergency / other group bookings and generally in order to determine that no-one hits off without paying the appropriate fees. It’s nice to say hello also and not too far out of the way.
Please leave bunker rakes on the flat of the bunker facing the direction of the hole after use.
Ropes, Hoops and Traffic areas
Please take a common sense approach as to where to walk and push buggies. Due to the recent change of the local rules on the card as of January 1, we are minimizing the amount of ropes and hoops around the course to increase fairness for competition players. If there is a heavy area please walk around and keep motorized vehicles on paths and on the high/ dry side or fairways and greens at all times.