Omanu Golf Club
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Dear Guest, Wednesday, 02 June, 2021

Dear Members,
 
I write as we head into the Queen's Birthday long weekend where we will be hosting the 37th Kaimai Classic, once again a fully subscribed event. Play is at Omanu on Sunday, members play is available Saturday and Monday.
 
We come off a busy May with lots of golf once again being played and highlighted by Pennant success from our Championship and Junior Blue teams. All five other teams made at least the semi finals, well done to all involved.
 
As is always the case but even more valid in the wet and slower growing conditions of winter, I ask members to ensure they are making a conscious effort to fix their pitch marks and carry sand buckets to fix their divots. Our course is our most valuable asset and requires everyone to contribute in it's upkeep.
 
Below are some other things of note happening around the club.
 
Good golfing!!
 
Scott Meiklejohn
General Manager

 

50th Anniversary Celebrations

I am pleased to advise members of details for the clubs 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Celebrations will be held during Labour weekend with four events that will provide variety of opportunities for current and ex-members to come together and celebrate a special club. More details and registration can be found on the attached leaflet, but the events are; 

- Anniversary Scramble 
- Anniversary Social Evening
- Anniversary Ambrose
- Anniversary High Tea 
 
Capacity is expected be stretched for for some of the events so I suggest registration forms are submitted asap.
 
We also have 'Limited Edition' 50th Anniversary Caps and Polo shirts which can be ordered on the attached form, with orders required by 31st July.
 
Any questions please ask in the office. 
 


Geeks on Wheels

Club partner Geek’s on Wheels will be onsite from 3-5pm on Wednesday’s 2nd June, 9th June and 16th June Geeks on Wheels for members to drop in with any IT issues. This will be free of charge and on a first in first served basis.

Geeks On Wheels is NZ's leading mobile computer repair service. They provide Expert advice, IT support and device repair at a flat rate. Best of all, they come to you.


 

Investing in a Zero Interest Rate World

Investment Advisor Paul O'Driscoll from Forsyth Barr will be at the club Wednesday 16th June from 6-7pm making a presentation about how you can achieve income and growth in this low interest rate environment.

Paul will discuss Forsyth Barr's current view on both the local and global economy, interest rates and how a diversified investment portfolio can add to and sit alongside your property portfolio.

The presentation will be informal, with questions welcomed and encouraged.
 
RSVP's are required, see attachment for more details. 
 


Advertising Partner Mention

We have two great Real Estate agents who partner with the club, if you are considering selling, I suggest making contact.

 
List and sell your property with Vickey Mackintosh and she will cover your membership fees for a year. *T&Cs apply
027 440 5913
 
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Two great reasons to LIST & SELL with Daniel & Rachel Dickison.
$1,000 Pressie Visa or Your Golf Membership Paid.
Call the Dickison's today 020 4130 5145 or 020 4128 7937

 
 

Proshop Drinks Promotion

Congratulations Gwen Singer who won the most recent draw of the Proshop drinks promotion.

Gwen receives a dozen Pro V1's.

Remember if you purchase either a Gatorade + H2GO combo or Gatorade + Boss Coffee drink combo from the Pro Shop be sure to fill-in the entry form to go into the draw.

Three more draws to be made: 14th June, 12th July, 2nd August. 


Course Superindendant report - written 25th May

As I write this the weather pattern is changing. Cooler conditions have prevailed over the last week and the weather has varied wildly. Last week we had a light frost and clear sunny skies followed a few days later by a downpour of 45 millimetres in 2 hours that cancelled the morning play on Saturday. That amount of rain is about 3 weeks worth in a short space of time. It is nice to finally be getting some rain but as yet none of it has proved useful in applying fertiliser or earthworm pellets. Sooner or later it will work in our favour. Dry, but cloudy weather has prevailed since the rain.

The greens are playing well and holding their own under immense traffic pressure. Some of the Saturday fields recently have been huge and the effect on the greens should never be underestimated. The sand topdressing program comes into its own at this time of the year when the growth slows and the weather gets wetter. The sand helps to keep the surface as firm and dry as possible through the winter period. Regular Iron sulphate and potassium applications also help to harden the leaf of the plant and give some protection to the high traffic numbers. The green aprons are suffering a little from increased earthworm activity brought about by the change of seasons. Worms naturally come to the surface after wet weather due to less oxygen in the soil and more water. This creates muddy surfaces and can become a real headache through a wet winter. We use an organic tea meal product (pellets) which contains saponins to control the worm populations. The downside of this product is that it requires 15 to 20 millimetres steady rain to dissolve and move into the soil profile. Sooner or later the opportunity will come to apply it. Fusarium activity continues to hang around with the changeable weather. We are either applying fungicide or sulphate of iron weekly to suppress the disease while it is in an aggressive phase. Once the winter pattern settles into a drier, cooler phase then the disease pressure dissipates.

The tees and fairways have been suffering the same fate as the aprons – worm activity and still some late dollar spot causing less than perfect surfaces. Again the remedy is simple – a decent rain event during the week to allow us to wash the tea meal and fertiliser in. In the meantime, while waiting for the right conditions we have been mitigating the impact of the worms and disease by drying the surfaces with applications of Sulphate of iron. This helps to harden the leaf against the disease and also the worms are less inclined to come to the surface because of the acidity that the iron creates. However, this is not a long term fix and the right rain event is desperately needed.

Other work carried out on the course recently includes Round-up spraying of paths and work on the new 17th tee. Following the Kaimai Classic at Queen’s Birthday weekend it will be time to start to vertidrain the fairways for aeration and playability should we get a wet winter. I will liaise with Scott for a suitable time in June to carry out the task. We will close one fairway at a time to enable the machine to work unimpeded. The job usually takes about a week and half to achieve. Historically we have avoided the bigger fields of golf such as Wednesday and Friday afternoons so the impact on golf is minimal.

13th and CHIPPING GREENS

We are encouraged by the response to closing these 2 greens. We have given both greens extra seed and sand and the seed strike has been very good. The bare areas are filling in well with new growth and thickening up by the day. A granular fertiliser was applied last week and the height of cut is beginning to be lowered again. The walk behind mower is currently set at 5.5 mm after beginning at a height of 7mm when we closed the greens. Sand topdressing is heavier than we would normally do on the other greens in play and this will continue weekly until they are ready to open again. I am appreciative of the patience the members have shown to give us time to rectify the poor condition of these greens. I am positive we will see the benefits long term.


 
 
 
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