Tuross Head Golf Club members Bruce Lidbury – Captain Peter McRae – Secretary / Treasurer Steve Swanbury – Vice President Tim Watson – Course Superintendent Martyn Black – Golf NSW met on Wednesday August 15th last year to review drainage works carried out over the last 3 years and asses its impact on course quality and the clubs viability into the future.
Course Superintendent Tim Watson was keen to embark on a programme of installing large “rubble” drains to intercept the slow seepage water which was creating many “boggy” areas in fairways. Prioritizing the areas to be tackled, was always going to be critical as to not only the success of the works themselves, but how it would be received by members and visitors.
The use of the tractor mounted “back-hoe” on steeply sloping ground is difficult even for very experienced operators, and the smooth surfaces that have been established over the drain lines are 1st class, and a credit to Tim Watson, his small team and the club volunteers who helped with these works. There is no doubt that the areas that have been drained will cope with future rain events and proved increased course usage of players and golf carts which puts the club on a better financial footing.
Martyn Black stated “The results achieved thus far are quite remarkable and Mr. Watson’s quality of workmanship is worthy of high praise .The club has achieved a great deal in the 3 years since my original visit and this report will recommend a $3000 Club Support Grant to add to the clubs many and varied fund-raising ventures which will help secure the clubs viability. The club should also seek the help of Golf NSW and the Government Relations arm; to assist in grant applications for the installation of a twin row irrigation system which would really be a huge lift to course quality.
Thank you once again for allowing me to visit and I wish all concerned the best for the future.”
THCC men’s golf president Andrew Gordon states “The $3000 grant has since been received from Golf NSW for the supply of materials which have arrived on course for the drainage project on the 8th fairway.”
Tim will need assistance from our dedicated volunteer workforce.