I am pleased to announce that recycled water for Mornington Golf Club is about to become a reality. Work has commenced on the laying of the pipe from … Read MoreDemo
PRES RELEASE – An update for Members from President, Roger Crossland
Recycled Water update… Go Go Go…
I am pleased to announce that recycled water for Mornington Golf Club is about to become a reality. Work has commenced on the laying of the pipe from Emil Madsen reserve on Wooralla Drive, Mt. Eliza to the main dam at the club. As I mentioned in my previous Pres Release a few months ago, we engaged a local Mornington company, Irrigation Management to begin work on the planning and permits for the scheme. The speed that this the contractor has managed this has been fantastic and as a result the Board have appointed them as the contractor to project manage and complete the pipeline. This is a historic moment for the club and will ensure that the club is drought-proofed going forward and give us access to essentially unlimited water for this coming watering season and into the future.
The work has commenced close to the start of the pipeline in Mt Eliza with 400m of directional boring completed. The laying of the pipe will consist of approx. 60% directional boring and 40% open-cut trenching. Over the next few weeks the work will progress to the course where the pipe will be laid from the Nepean Highway to the main dam. Dad’s Army have already done some work near to the 12th tee in preparation for the contractors starting work on the course.
As well as the completion of the pipe, there is also significant electrical upgrades and pump installations at Emil Madsen reserve where we are accessing the recycled water to be completed.
The purchase of the pipe and early phases of the project has been funded through cash reserves, but we will need to borrow money to complete the project in the next few months. You will have noticed the Special General Meeting notice that went out last week. I encourage all members to come to the meeting to vote in favour of the loan or leave a proxy vote at the office.
Subject to approval by the members of the loan, we expect the project to be completed and the water to start flowing in early 2020. This is significant in terms of planning for the watering of the course by our superintendent Kevin Toebelman. At the moment we have full dams and Kevin has been given direction to water the course as much as is required during spring and early summer.
In my last update I also mentioned that we were trying to access funds through a government grant. We have completed an application with our local MP Greg Hunt for Federal funding from a regional development fund. If successful, this will allow us to also do some significant upgrades to our irrigation network. This will result in an increase in the area irrigated and an increase in the amount of water we can pump on the course each night. The grant will also significantly reduce the borrowing on project as a whole. Hopefully we will hear something positive in the next few weeks regarding this.
We hope to have an information booklet regarding the project for members very soon. This will have the specifics of the route, flow rates, irrigation upgrades and lots of other information for those who like the detail.
If anyone has any questions regarding the project, please don’t hesitate to ask myself or Craig.
The Board, management and I are very excited by this news. I truly believe this is a historic moment in the history of the club and enables the club for the first time to have the water resources to present the course in the best possible condition year-round.
Yours in golf
Spraying of winter grass and weeds in spring – by Kevin Toebelman – Course Superintendent
Members may be interested in a report provided by Kevin Toebleman our Course Superintendent which explains the reasons why we spray our course for weeds and winter grasses in spring and the affect this has on them.
Spraying of winter grass and weeds in spring
Fairway spraying is always a topic of conversation this time of year.
Golf courses maintain pure couch grass (Santa Ana) fairways as this is the best surface to play off for most of the golfing calendar. It is a grass which grows only over the warmer months of the year and as the weather cools and daylight hours shorten the grass becomes dormant. Santa Ana in good growing conditions is an aggressive plant which will compete with most opportunistic weeds. During winter when growth has stopped, winter grass and many broadleaf weeds find they can compete with the Santa Ana. Germination and growth is now possible for these plants.
To give the Santa Ana an advantage over the competing weeds a regime of herbicides are used to prevent germination and when the weeds do grow, herbicides are used for their removal. During the 2019 year pre-emergent herbicides were sprayed over the Santa Ana starting in early March. They are designed to work throughout the cooler months. Pre-emergent herbicides work by forming a blanket over the soil, when the weed seedling germinates it picks up the chemical. Over the next seven months some weeds will germinate into a growing plant as this is not an exact science. The next herbicide application is a post emergent, usually in late September or early October. This chemical is a broad spectrum one which covers most weed varieties. The chemical being used at the moment stops the green colouration of the plant and as a result it turns white and slowly dies. During the process of the weed dying the weed actually stands up vertically before it disappears which give the impression that the weeds are worse. This is not the case and the weed is dying.
The Santa Ana is also affected from the chemical by a slight discoloration and does not grow for a couple of weeks. Recently the only chemical available to be used did affect the Santa Ana severely and recovery was slow. Weed plants are usually annuals which grow and seed quickly, therefore there are many life cycles over one year. There are many incidences where plants such as these become resistant to a particular chemical type quickly as one unaffected plant may reproduce many times over a year developing a resistant population.
Chemical resistance in the golf maintenance industry has been common and it is an ongoing problem which must fought.
Designated Chipping Area
There is now a rope free area on the new putting green that has been designated for practicing small chip shots.
Members should take due care when chipping from this area that other golfers are not in the area.
Please note that it is meant for a few small chip shots for warm up, not for hitting large numbers of balls. Any divots must be repaired and sanded as normal.
We hope Members enjoy using this area.
9th Tee Complex – update 9 October 2019
The construction of the new 9th tee complex is well underway. Following the removal of the four Cypress trees the bulldozer has now finished removing the layer of topsoil which has allowed him to shape the three tees. The irrigation has been installed along with an addtional line of sprinklers along the left side of the 13th fairway near the green which will improve the area to the front and left of the bunker.
The view down the 14th fairway towards the Bay is sensational and the 9th tee, 8th green and 13th green complex will be a special part of the course.
Next is to install the drainage and then the complex will be turfed using some of the turf from the RHS of the 8th fairway.
The 9th hole will be open when the fairway is ready for play and this is now expected to be around late December.
There are plans to resurface the 7th and 16th tees at some stage once the 9th hole is back in play. The resurfacing of the tees is a relatively quick process if it is done during the warmer months and will give us much improved tees on two of our best holes. The beauty of having the 19 holes allows us to still be able to utilise 18 great holes while we improve others.
I will be posting regular updates on the progress of the 9th tee complex works for members to enjoy. A new video of the area can be viewed below.
If any members have any questions regarding the 9th works or any course matters please do not hesitate to speak with me.
Captains Corner – October 2019
It feels like spring has arrived at last. Hopefully the cold, wet, windy days are just about gone and sunny days will become the norm. The Couch has started to green up and with the winter grasses having been sprayed in the last week, we should see the fairways getting back to their best very soon. With the weather and the current course conditions in mind, the joy of preferred lies is over. From now on you will need to play the ball as it lies.
That means it is going to be all important to fill in your divots. There are plenty of buckets and plenty of sand, so there are no excuses for bare divots being left to spoil somebody else’s day. I would also like to remind you to rake the bunkers, keep the buggies off the greens, and make sure carts are kept away from greens and bunkers.
As far as the greens are concerned, we have, over the last few weeks, been able to imagine what it would be like to be putting on the surface of the moon. The periodic heavy coring we have just experienced is a necessary part of the management of our greens and I’m sure it won’t be long before we will need to dial back on the strength of our putting strokes.
With the course approaching its best, it’s easy to understand why a number of our key events are scheduled for this time of year. The ladies have their Foursomes Championships this month and The Mornington Bowl on the 24th October. For the men, the President’s Trophy and the Maccy G finals are played on October 19th and 26th respectively. The Men’s and Ladies’ Club Championships will take place in November. To cap the year off for the men, the 36 Hole Mornington Putter final will be played as a prelude to the Men’s Dinner on December 6th. This is shaping to be a very entertaining and enjoyable evening that will be one not to miss.
Love and respect the club. Love and respect the game.
Razor Ray booked in for the 2019 Men’s Presentation Dinner – Bookings now open!
We are taking bookings for what will be one of the highlights of the Men’s golfing and social calendar. The 2019 Men’s Presentation Dinner featuring a fantastic Guest Speaker, Razor Ray Chamberlain!
The evening will commence with the 36 hole final of the Mornington Putter with Canapes being served to the spectators followed by the dinner and presentations in the Tallis Room.
Book at the Office today to secure your place in what is always a sell out event.
Handheld and Watch GPS distance issues – UPDATE
Sureshot have advised that they have remapped the course and that it is now available for users to download to Sureshot units
Any member with a handheld or watch version of a Golf Buddy or Garmin will be aware that the new 18th and the 19th hole is still yet to feature on these devices.
What you will also find is that the device will default to the ‘old’ 18th green which is 25m longer than the new 18th green.
Please keep this in mind when you are hitting into the green so as not to overshoot.
We will post another update as soon as we hear from Golf Buddy and Garmin regarding the remapping of the course.
Downloading courses via WINDOWS – New Sureshotgps Website –
To Download/Update, you firstly need to have sureanalysis loaded onto your pc. To do this go to our website Sureshotgps.com, top menu select mysureshotgps > Download Courses > click appropriate Operating System > then software download for your model & install (do not connect the unit to the pc).
Once that has been done, turn the unit on and connect to the pc, Close/Minimise all open Windows, Find & open/double click Sureanalysis icon on your desktop > Click Download Courses and follow prompts. The system should go through the connection process and bring up a new screen where you can update the courses on the unit.
** On preloaded models – If updating a course, delete old course first then load new course data. (Do not delete all course data from the unit, only delete & update courses you play) (Except on 9000/9500 units, will overwrite data only) **
Try not to use course names – When searching in the sureanalysis program – Select All Mapped Courses, Country and State and then Search, then scroll down the list on the left to find your course.
TIP – To find the most recent course double click the course on the left hand column to view date of mapping.
Outdoor Terrace Area – Smoking regulations – reminder
On 1 August 2017 new Government legislation was introduced regarding smoking in and close to areas that are utilised for dining.
The new legislation affected Mornington Golf Club and as a result we had to create an area that could be used for smoking, 4 metres from the edge of where food is consumed.
The area we created was beyond the planter boxes as detailed in the above photo.
This meant that strictly NO SMOKING was permitted on the side of the planter boxes closer to the Clubhouse and includes the covered veranda area. These areas have been clearly marked with signage.
It is important that these rules are followed at all times as there are heavy fines that can be handed out to the Club and also to anyone who is caught breaking the rules.
Staff have been asked to monitor this and will be advising any one who is seen smoking in the non smoking areas to refrain from doing so. Members assistance with enforcing these rules would be greatly appreciated by staff, Management and the Board.
For more information on this legislation please click HERE
For an interesting article on the legislation and how it affects businesses and individuals please click HERE
If any member requires clarification on this legislation please come and speak to me.
CORRECT GOLF CART USE – IMPORTANT
Members are reminded that the following rules are in place regarding golf cart use at Mornington.
It is important that these rules are followed to minimize damage to our already fragile course.
Please read them carefully and ensure that you follow them.
GOLF CART RULES
- ONLY DRIVE THE GOLF CART ON THE FAIRWAY AND ON CART PATHS
- DO NOT DRIVE THE GOLF CART IN THE ROUGH
- DO NOT DRIVE THE GOLF CART WITHIN 10 METRES OF THE GREENS
- DO NOT DRIVE THE GOLF CART ON THE TEES
- YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE YOU CAUSE TO THE GOLF CART
- FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE ABOVE RULES COULD RESULT IN YOUR GOLF CART USE BEING RESTRICTED
Members cooperation with this will be greatly appreciated.
A reminder that the decision was made that golf buggies are not longer permitted on greens all year round The buggies are causing damage to the greens. Members cooperation is appreciated in this matter. Glenn Holbrook CAPTAINDemo
Golf Buggies – NOT PERMITTED ON GREENS
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