18th hole/ 5th mounding/ treeline
Work commenced as of October with 5 trees being removed between the 18th and 5th fairway. Final mounding has been constructed with seeding and stone eradication concluded. Irrigation trenches have been dug and irrigation extended to increase watering capacity of the area. .
From the 5th the contours should enable the ball to stay higher on the fairway reducing balls heading into the treeline, with the intention that grasses should take overvthe summer..
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.
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.
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.