The Brisbane Golf Club spent the final days leading up to Christmas completing a thorough renovations project on all 21 greens on the course.
When asked about the festive timing of the summer renovations BGC’s long serving Superintendent, Mitch Hayes, said “We have been busy with a lot of remedial work which has taken up all of November and the start of December so we were forced to push the reno’s right back until just before Christmas”.
The devoted greenkeeping team at BGC performed an extensive 8mm and 12mm dual-direction scarify on all greens before running hollow tine aerators over the top, coring the greens with 2 inch spacing.
The scarifying was done with the use of both a Toro Triplex and modified walk-behinds to allow the team to complete all greens in under two days and allow multiple greens to be worked on at once.
The renovations were completed with a heavy top dress and ample irrigating to allow for a quick recovery during the warm time of year.
Brisbane Golf Club was the first Australian course to use the Champion Bermuda turf found on many PGA in the United States. The greens were switched from the commonly used 328 strain to Champion over a number of years as part of a 5 year redevelopment plan culminating at the end of 2014. This process included a dramatic increase in the size of the greens and the implementation of a bolstered maintenance program headed By Superintendent Hayes.
As such, the seasonal renovations performed at the start and end of the Australian growing season are considered paramount to keeping the BGC putting surfaces in the top playing condition that they have become known for among members and rival golf courses alike.
The work continues for Hayes and his team with renovations on all fairways starting in the second week of January. This will include a lighter scarify then was used on the greens, a solid tine aerification and a substantial topdress and rub-in to finish.
It has been all hands-on-deck for the Brisbane Golf Club team during the holiday period with all 17 of the maintenance crew putting in long hours to get the work done in a timeframe which sees minimal interruption to member play. That said, Superintendent Hayes has managed to recruit the help of an additional seasonal worker as well as some casuals to help with the heavy workload over Christmas. Even the occasional bar staff member has attempted to keep up with the greenkeepers during renovations, swapping the drinks tray for a shovel and sand rake.
No doubt the diligence and attention to detail of the BGC greenkeepers during this renovations period will result in healthy greens and a polished course all round and kick off 2019 in impressive fashion for BGC.