What A Month

Hello Everyone,
Today capped off a huge past 4 weeks for staff with completion of the tee and surrounds renovations with the top dressing of these areas. Prior to this we had the successful preparations for the Capel 3000 and the extra attention to detail given to the course for a major event with the course presented in great fashion. We then had a week where only Anthony and myself were on duty, before the greens renovation this past weekend and followed up this week with the coring of all the tees, bunker surrounds, walkways and the Practice tee and top lawn area.
On top of this, the unusually dry warm weather through Winter has continued through September meaning an earlier than expected start to irrigation of the course. With the manual system on the back 9 still in operation, time had to be devoted to this critical part of course operations which wasn't expected when finalising the works program 6 months ago.
During this month we have farwelled Geoff, who you would all know was employed in place and till the appointment of an apprentice ( no one knew it would take near on 3 years to do so at the time), we thank Geoff for his efforts over the past 3 years and certainly since my arrival has proved a valuable member of staff. Our best Wishes to him and he will be missed. A BBQ was held this past Wednesday with staff and some regular volunteers to say thanks.
On a lighter note, Jimmy and partner Jess welcomed a new baby girl to their family and our congratulations and best wishes to them as they start to realise having 2 kids under 3 means some sleepless nights but Jimmy don't worry, wait till those two baby girls are teenagers and then I am sure there will be ALLOT of sleepless nights by you.
So as you can see the past 4 weeks have been varied and hectic but as Tim Shaw says on those infomercials, "But Wait, Theres More", next week we start the 3rd green surrounds improvement works. This work will take longer to complete as a result of the irrigation requirements for the course and the commencement of split shifts for staff to cover the manual irrigation as per norm. It should still be completed within the week and the area will be fenced ( roos) and G.U.R till established.
That's it for this week happy golfing.

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