COMBINED CLUBHOUSE UPDATE AND CAPTAIN’S REPORT 2 JUNE 2020

2 June 2020

CLUBHOUSE UPDATE

The Queensland Government have now increased permittable numbers in our club as from Monday 1st June from 10 to 20 people. It has also allowed for the bar to open with restrictions.

Unfortunately due to the short notice the club is not in a position to fully open immediately so have implemented the following:

  • The halfway house will now only operate on Saturday’s & Tuesday’s.
  • The Bistro will be open for dinner:
    • Wednesday & Thursday of this week for maximum of 20 diners with 2 sittings of 5:30pm & 7:00pm.
    • Friday of this week and following dinners, we will be allowed to cater for 60 diners at any one time. There will be 3 zones each with 20 diners, members lounge, bistro & bar lounge.
    • Bookings for Friday will be in 15min blocks and allow diners 90 minutes to eat and drink.
    • Service is full table service. Patrons are not permitted to approach the bar. Wait staff will take both your food and drinks orders.
    • Takeaway meals are also provided on these nights.
  • Bistro will open for lunch from Tuesday 9th June.
  • The bar will open from Friday 5th June at 10:00am.
    • Service is full table service. Patrons are not permitted to approach the bar. Wait staff will take your order.
    • A maximum of 20 people are permitted in each zone. Staff will direct patrons to the required zone.
  • All patrons MUST sign into the club on arrival and departure, whether dining or utiilsing the bar. You are required to provide your name, address & contact telephone number. We are working towards utilising members cards but at the moment we request members to also carry their drivers licence. Staff will direct you in this procedure.
  • Patrons are not permitted to move from a zone to another zone. You must stay in the zone where staff have directed you until you leave the premises.

To open the clubhouse, the Government have imposed some strict conditions. Please be supportive of our staff as we work through these issues to give all of our members the opportunity to once again enjoy the club facilities.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT

Many of you have commented unfavourably on the current conditions of the greens and the committee is well aware they are not up to standard. The recovery after the winter renovation is not as we had expected and there are several reasons for this.

 Weather

In the early months of summer we experienced near drought conditions and then significant rains in January, February and early March. Approximately 860 mm fell in that period. This rainfall promoted rapid growth in the greens and delayed the work on the eighteenth creek for some weeks.

Renovations

 In an effort to assist the committee in running an ambitious pennant and tournament program, it was agreed that the renovations would be delayed as long as possible, with the result that they started about three weeks later than usual on 23rd March. In ideal conditions, the greens normally take six weeks to recover fully, so we would have expected them to be back to normal by early May.

Because of the change from dry to very wet conditions there was a heavy build up of thatch on the greens. As part of the renovations, scarifying and wire brushes were used to remove this growth and it was found that approximately twice the amount of material was removed from the perimeters than from the centre of the green, leaving the edges thin and pitted. The excess thatch around the perimeters was because we have been using the walk behind mower in those areas. The mower is much lighter than the normal triplex greens mower and does not have spiral rollers or grooming wheels that remove a small amount of thatch each time the green is mown. Most of the bare sandy patches on the greens are around the edges. Methods of avoiding this unexpected effect but still avoiding the “ring cut”, that was the subject of so much complaint, are being examined.

Because of the late start and the heavy thatch, recovery has not been as expected. In future the committee will not allow the renovations to be delayed and the golfing program will be constructed around the absolute requirements of the course.

 17th Green

It was always intended to start the expansion of the 17th green as soon as the work on the eighteenth creek was completed and that was expected to be mid January. Because of the weather the work on the eighteenth was not complete until March and work was not commenced until 24th March, so that green has suffered the same cooler weather conditions as the rest of the greens and growth has been slow. This green, and the fifteenth, have been over sown with Poa, a grass that grows well in colder conditions, but this will mean that these greens will require a more intensive maintenance schedule as the warmer weather returns.

 15th Green

The 15th suffers from poorer soil than many of the others and has been slow to recover from renovations for some years. The committee will discuss a long-term solution to this issue with the course architect appointed to draw up the Course Master Plan.

Competition Program

The sudden decision by the Queensland Government to allow groups of 20 has allowed us to adjust the time sheets and allow more players on the course. The time sheets for Saturdays and Tuesdays now have increased numbers. The committee expects that the Government will increase permissible numbers again in four weeks time, on Saturday 27th June. We expect to be able to return to normal time sheets and sub club competitions at that time and are working towards that.

Time sheet release times for competitions from the 27th onwards will not return to normal as it would result in several time sheets opening on the same day and could possibly result in excess numbers in the club when we are serving diners, but the 6AM opening will be altered to more convenient times. These are still being considered and will be advised as soon as possible.

A card scanner will be moved downstairs and from Saturday 6th June. Competitors will be asked to scan their own cards.

The fixtures book will be amended as some off the events will not be possible. For example, shotgun starts and invitation days cannot go ahead. The summer renovation will be started on Monday 21st September and this will mean a change of schedule for the club championships. Some Honour Board events may have to be abandoned but as many as possible, and other trophy events, will be continued. A revised fixtures book will be issued as soon as possible.

I would like to thank the many members who have shown great tolerance for the measures we have been forced to adopt and for the many suggestions that have been made by you. All have been considered and I understand the frustration that results when those suggestions are not adopted, but we have very sound reasons for all that we have done. I would also like to thank all who have manufactured their own sand bucket and those who have made the extra effort to fill as many divots as they can. It is unlikely that we will have buckets or bunker rakes available for some time so please do all that you can to maintain our course.

Bob Upham
Noosa Golf Club Captain

 

 

 

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