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    Quote Originally Posted by WBennett View Post
    Oh dear. Royal Canberra's choice of grass unsuitable to the climate, then an untimely couch removal program has seen the course in massive trouble leading up to the Ladies Open in a couple of weeks time. The traditional Easter event has been abandoned for the year as well.

    The unloved and unrenovated Peter Thompson 9 out the back will be in play, and the other 9 holes will be made up of those in playable condition. 1-4, then 9, then a bus ride to find 4 more that aren't rooted, finishing on 18.

    After spending big bikkies on the reno, the membership is livid and the GM departed this week.
    That’s laughable......
    When I played it, I thought to myself that grass is very fine, would be interesting to see how it holds up....

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    What sort of grass is it, looked like it had been seeded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3puttpete View Post
    How does this happen?
    Its very hard to get the real story, but I understand the course was oversewn last year against the Greenskeepers best wishes, and the oversew took over. The removal program and the insane heat of this summer prevented any regrowth and the course is now a very expensive potato patch

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    Quote Originally Posted by benno_r View Post
    Happens more than you might imagine.

    This is Royal Wellington 1 week before the Australasian Annika jr challenge (last year).
    Was that not caused by too much rain though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3puttpete View Post
    Was that not caused by too much rain though?
    They may have claimed that, and while rain played a part in the new grass not growing, the main cause was changing couch for bent (or vice versa).

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    Up 18.
    Looked mint but patchy in places.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcanto View Post
    What type of grass did they choose? Reminds me of about 10 years ago (maybe longer) when the stadium where the Raiders played had issues with their choice of turf after they did renovations. I believe they were supplied turf from FNQ which didn't survive the first cold snap. 
    Hahaha, seriously? That's ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Courty View Post
    Hahaha, seriously? That's ridiculous.
    Absolutely. I recall seeing something about it on an episode of the Back Page. The turf farm near Gordonvale was one of the suppliers and a bloke we went to high school with was working there at the time when they shipped the turf down south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcanto View Post
    Absolutely. I recall seeing something about it on an episode of the Back Page. The turf farm near Gordonvale was one of the suppliers and a bloke we went to high school with was working there at the time when they shipped the turf down south.
    WTF? It wasnít buffalo was it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Courty View Post
    WTF? It wasnít buffalo was it?
    Probably just around the outside, around outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Courty View Post
    WTF? It wasnít buffalo was it?
    The buffallo probably would have survived better. I think it was some variant of Greenlees Park' that was flavour of the month at the time. I remeber seeing a lot of it used for spec homes in City View, probably because it was cheap. I drive past those homes now going to my parents place and the buffalo grass has just taken over. 😁
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    Royal Canberra uses bent in its fairway. They didn't want to use couch because they don't like couch goes brown in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Courty View Post
    Hahaha, seriously? That's ridiculous.
    We lost a Chief Minister over it.... She was cool to crash whilst drunk, but paint grass green and she was gaaaawwwwnnn

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    Quote Originally Posted by TS View Post
    Royal Canberra uses bent in its fairway. They didn't want to use couch because they don't like couch goes brown in winter.
    Sounds right. I believe they oversewed with couch or rye last year and its come back to bite them. A genuine shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcanto View Post
    Absolutely. I recall seeing something about it on an episode of the Back Page. The turf farm near Gordonvale was one of the suppliers and a bloke we went to high school with was working there at the time when they shipped the turf down south.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerryGroves View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by TS View Post
    Royal Canberra uses bent in its fairway. They didn't want to use couch because they don't like couch goes brown in winter.
    Relevant video from a few years ago - Course attendant from RC talks about the challenges with bent

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    Interesting, are you a member there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Nemo View Post
    Interesting, are you a member there?
    Me? No - the minister for finance would never allow it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benno_r View Post
    They may have claimed that, and while rain played a part in the new grass not growing, the main cause was changing couch for bent (or vice versa).
    The problem there is the amount of poa in the fairway and the effects of the weather last summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spanner039 View Post
    So many experts
    Give us your take Spanner, you have a bit of experience in the matter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Nemo View Post
    Give us your take Spanner, you have a bit of experience in the matter!
    Iíll find out more next week away at the moment. But I think the super just hasnít adjusted to the bent he wasnít involved with the original sowing and selection which is a big one for learning how to manage it no idea yet what they oversowed it with yet. Blaming the grass choice is a reflection on the clubs inability to manage it. I know the original super would be laughing big time over the GM leaving and the current state of play. As for chasing couch encroachment which that would result in crap fairways I sure wouldnít do it leading into a tournament and I found the bent and couch to work very well together in a fairway situation.
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    The real story will be interesting Spanner. I have spoken to three members this week for three different stories.

    As with all tales, there are 3 sides to every story. His, hers, and the truth somewhere in between.

    Its a real shame, as the course was in fantastic condition 12 to 18 months ago.

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    Spanner, always seems like clubs are always chasing their tail, RC are trying to get rid of the couch out of the bent, we are trying to keep the kikuyu out of the couch, or the santa anna out of the some type of couch and then everyone seems to be trying to rid themselves of poa annua.

    Is it the weather that causes all these issues (perhaps they are unsolvable) or clubs steadfastly refusing to go with the path of least regret when it comes to their surfaces


 

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