DRAINAGE WORKS TESTED IN RECENT RAINS
At Port Kembla Golf Club we had 10mm of rain in 15 minutes on Tuesday 19th May. This is a lot of rain in a short space of time, especially when you consider we have had a total of 17mm in the 36 hours previous.
Needless to say we flooded pretty quick... but we also drained pretty quick.
See photos of the 4th green immediately after the downpour and 20 minutes later.
The 17th green is also pictured. Last year we did some major drainage work to improve this area, the work involved raising the levels of the entire approach, installing two drainage pits and associated pipework to drain excess water into the 17th dam.
Ordinarily, this area would have stayed wet for weeks but as you can see the drains have been very effective.
restoration of bunkers
Over the past couple of weeks the greens team have completed a restoration of the bunkers on the course.
The work involved re-profiling the faces and edges of bunkers and through this process relocating sand from these areas to its original position. An additional 35 tonne of sand has been placed into the bunkers that have been heavily affected by weather etc.
This represents a significant investment by the club. The greens team have passed on some useful tips to members and guests, on how we can all help to maintain the bunkers.
- Do not enter or exit bunkers via the faces. Each bunker has a low point for a safe entry and exit. Traffic on the faces rapidly deteriorates bunker condition.
- If you need to rake a bunker face please use the back side of the rake (Fig.A). This will produce a smooth surface that will prevent golf balls from plugging in the face.
- Avoid dragging excessive amounts of sand back to the edge of the bunker when exiting (Fig.B). During the restoration work staff found tonnes of sand raked against and sometimes over the edge of the bunkers. Each bunker should have a pronounced edge around its entirety.
- In conclusion we would ask that all golfers please take the time to rake the bunkers properly, ideally two hands on the rake whilst maintaining enough pressure to smooth footprints etc. without dragging too much sand away from it’s origin.
why the course is looking better than ever:
Drought Proofing The Port kembla Golf Course
In Winter 2017 the club embarked on a drought proofing project to obtain more water for irrigation purposes.
Previous to this fairways would dry out and struggle to survive during the warmer months of the year (see photo) 5th FWY Before.
Drought-proofing the course
The club has successfully drought proofed the course by delivering a staged water management project. This has enabled the club to draw water from a new area of the site to supply the irrigation requirements of the golf course.
- Pump and valve modifications, also installation of pump platforms providing safe access for maintenance.
- Major infrastructure works including the Installation of large pipes and diversion valves allowing water to gravity feed back to the pump station site.
- Installation of an irrigation injection system to treat poor water for improved quality and infiltration, creating more effective and efficient use of the water supply.
This has resulted in the capture of an extra megalitre of water every two days enabling all fairways to be irrigated with the new water supply. This has dramatically improved the standard, playability and aesthetics of the golf course, particularly in the dry periods when fairways would previously struggle to maintain a surface.
This has been the driest season for a long long time, and in previous years the golf course would look like straw.
The golf course at present is in outstanding condition as a result from the drought proofing infrastructure installation and the hard work of the golf course staff.