The Tuesday night showers brought useful rain to the refurbished greens and fairways.
The greens were cut this afternoon although higher than the normal putting level. The green recovery is good but the putted ball bounces or bobbles in some places on the 16 regular greens that are in play. If the positive growing conditions continue, it is like that the greens will be cut close to their normal height for Saturday’s Single Stableford competition.
The 6th and 14th fairways work is mostly complete and the new rolled grass is starting to knit. The sculptured fairways are attracting considerable member attention and as previously reported the holes are likely to be more challenging with the sloping mounds that have been introduced.
The 6th Hole change will provide new challenges for the golfers who hit drives between the 150m marker and the right hand side bunker near the 100m mark. The landing zone is more narrow in places and the ball can be expected to roll to the sides. The players who ‘bomb’ the ball to just short of the left hand bunker near the green will be least impacted by the change.
The fairway changes for Hole 6 are both operational and tactical. The operational element relates to the fairway surface sinking which caused the refurbishment to be needed. The main water pipe which runs down the centre of the fairway is now protected by 600mm of dirt, soil and the new grass. The tactical aspect comes from the associated fairway shaping which makes the Hole fair more interesting for the majority of Club Banora members.
The Club Captains were invited to contribute to ideas for the 6th and 14th fairway features.
Many members are questioning whether the 6th Hole will retain its current Index rating. The Captains are alert to the issue and are considering how they will decide if any change is warranted. Golf NSW advice is that Hole indexing is a local decision. At least once each year Captains review average player scores per Hole and have made past judgement not to change any Index. It is reasonable to expect that any change to the 6th Hole Index will follow only after player performance suggests it is appropriate. Members will continue to be informed of Hole Index reviews.
The 6th and 14th Holes are expected to be out of play until the middle of November and may return to play through the use of tee up.
There were drillers and a logging geologist on the course over the past two days as part of the water table and saline testing work. As expected their work resulted in little if any disruption to the golfers and routine operations at the course.
Eel catchers are currently on the course and surrounds removing excess eels. Their ‘tinnie’ could be seen tied up near the Pro Shop.