As you are aware the course is out of play a couple of times on a Sunday over the next 7 weeks due to Metro Pennants being played. All Six Day members please note if the course is blocked out on a Sunday so we can accommodate our pennant commitments, you are allowed to play in the Saturday competition.
Greens Full recovery from the green’s renovation is still a couple of weeks away when they will be back to our expected standard. Hartfield is hosting the senior amateur championships of Western Australian on 3rd – 5th April. I know how important this event is and I am doing everything possible to get the greens back in peak condition.
Unfortunately, I’m not happy with the sand used for our renovations. The quality of the sand we have applied post renovations appears to have a greater number of fines incorporated in the sand. We are finding that the fines are coming to the surface creating a crust, that impacts in the thin areas of grass. Thin areas of turf are not protected from temperature fluctuations and they become hotter and anti-wetting. On days that are up around 30 degree or higher the bent grass struggles to survive.
We have been using this sand on greens many times over the past twelve months and I was quite happy with it and have applied it when top dressing or dusting greens. Over time the sand particle size has changed without obvious sign until now.
Due to the crusted areas ground staff have been rigorously plugging out bad areas to speed up the recovery time. We will not be using this sand again and will do some investigation into a suitable replacement.
Over the next two weeks we will commence a stringent dusting programme to iron out the imperfections on the greens. This is necessary and I hope there is little to no disruption to golfers.
The height of cut on the greens is currently at 4mm and in preparation for the Seniors event will be reduced gradually down to 2.5mm. It is much easier for us to broom sand in when greens are mowed at a slightly higher height of cut. 15th Green On Hartfield’s Opening day we made the hard call to close the 15th green for a couple of day. This will greatly benefit the green and ground staff to carry out necessary maintenance aiding in a faster recovery. It is a practice that we undertook on the 17th with good results. Fairways Fairways have been sprayed with primo which is a plant growth regulator to assist us with our mowing frequencies whilst producing a tighter playing surface.
Wetting agents are still being injected through our irrigation mainline. We are due to foliar spray broad-wet on our fairways next week in assisting water retention and penetration. Rough Installation of a bank of sprinklers to irrigate the left had side of 14 where mounds have been added has been completed. To achieve the application uniformity required we have added four additional Hunter sprinklers and improvements can be seen already. General course Tree management: Western power have recently updated most of the power poles on the driving range. During the installation they have identified a few over hanging limbs and branches that will require removal using a cherry picker or qualified tree climbers. Trees have been marked with yellow ribbon total of 27 trees. Most of the trees identified are regrowth. Volunteers In the coming weeks there are a couple of dates for volunteers to come and assist ground staff in the preparation for the Senior Amateur, it would be of great assistance to get a couple of groups of members to help with raking up tree debris and sticks throughout the golf course, or help tidy up around some tees that need hand weeding.
The dates are: Monday 18th, Wednesday 20th and Wednesday 27th March
Looking forward to your help a special thank you to Laurie Wright, Steve Graham, Mike Nuamoff and many others who continue to come in and help. Forward maintenance plan A preventive herbicide (barricade) is to be applied to tees and green surrounds as well as other known problem areas around the course. The herbicide helps minimise the number of winter grass weeds from germinating as well controlling other broadleaf weeds.
Preparation for the Senior Amateur we will be levelling and filling bunkers with bunker sand and edging and fly mowing bunkers.
Foliar application of fertilisers throughout the golf course, greens, tees, fairways and surrounds will all be fertilised in time for the event and the change of weather.
On behalf of all pennant players we wish to thank RAY NGAI from Capital Way Interiors for donating pennant uniforms for all men’s and ladies pennant teams.
Ray Ngai has provided this support for a number of years and enables our player to represent our Club in a professional manner.
We wish all pennant teams the best for the coming season.
Proudly wearing our uniforms are
left – right Division 5 Captain Peter Phillips, Club President Bruce Stark, Div 2 Captain Paul Chappell, Div 2 Manager Mike Dunsmore, Div 6 Captain Neil Cranny, Div 4 Club Captain/Manager Tyson LeBrun & Div 7 Captain Les Pyke
OK folks, the 2019 HCC footy tipping competition has returned. After many years of running the competition Murf has decided to hang up the boots and enjoy the game from a different angle. Special thanks to Murf for placing it on the web and passing the baton this year to myself.
If your new to the competition, you must first register with footytips. Please click on the link below to visit the web site. www.footytips.com.au
Once you have registered with www.footytips.com.au you will be asked to join a competition
Search for Hartfield CC
Password for new members and friends to join Hartfield CC competition is, wait for it…….golf
Terms and conditions are listed on the Hartfield CC competition page for all to review.
We will pay out weekly, 1/2 yearly and at the end of the home and away season.
Whatever is in the kitty at the end of the home and away season will be paid out with the winner collecting 70%, second 20% and third collecting 10% of the kitty.
Entry Fee is $50.00 per person to be paid in cash (all prizes at the end of year will be paid out in cash also) to the office by the end of round 3.
The first of many Friday night Chase the Ace commenced.
Peggy King’s number was drawn from the raffle and had the first attempt at finding the Ace of Heart. Peggy was unsuccessful in that but managed the Joker which allowed Peggy to claim the $100.00 consolation prize. Thank you to all who attended. We will grow from here.
To help Nick and the Course Staff prepare for the hosting of the WA Senior Amateur Championship being held at Hartfield on the 3 – 5 April we are asking for volunteers to help clean up certain parts of the course,
If you can help please email Nick Kinley (HCC Course Superintendent) directly at email@example.com
The days Nick would like assistance are
Monday 18th March
Wednesday 20th March
Wednesday 27th March
Report directly to the Greenkeepers shed at 7.00am on each of the days. Please bring along rakes, shovels, gloves if you have them please.
Match Report Its a busy time for the Match Committee at the moment. We have had the start of our Junior Pennants side who go into their third round this week and thanks to the team manager Neil Cranny, have been well organised and prepared for their season.
We have also had a very successful Ladies Summer Classic, thanks to the Ladies Captain, Sharon Burden. There was a good turn out and a great atmosphere in the club house afterwards.
Some more urgent matters for the Match Committee are the Summer Cup and the start of the Metro Pennant season followed on by the start of the Senior Pennant season, which i feel we are well prepared for and in a good place to have it all worked out in the coming week. We should also have teams sorted with clothing sizes by the end of the week, so our sponsor can sort out the pennant teams shirts and pants. The Match Committee has also decided all teams will play in the clubs colour of gold and not have teams in different colours as in previous years. We are however struggling to find a suitable day and time for the pennant fundraiser with pennants being so early this year. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
We also have some recommendations to bring before the Management Committee:
we feel the committee should re-look at the price charges the public. Our view is our club is being under charged to the public and that a small increase in the cost would not deter the public and social groups coming out to play.
we would recommend that social groups are only allowed to play at the end of every field and that they play in their own competition and are NOT allowed to be included in Hartfield’s competition. We are currently looking at the fixturing of the season and looking into a new payment structure for our competitions. I’m enthusiastic about our group and am looking forward to working with them. As Sharon and I are quiet new any advice or ideas are always more than welcome.