After much anticipation the new 17th hole was finally opened for the February Monthly Medal. The tee shot is much easier now with the removal of the 2 paperbark trees on the corner of the dog leg. I don’t believe there are too many complaints about their disappearance. The clearer approach shot should also make for a slightly easier shot, however players are now hitting longer clubs into the green which is approximately 10m longer and elevated around 3m. Factoring in all the changes, I believe the hole is slightly more difficult, but will leave that open for debate.
The rest of the course is looking great thanks to Barry and his team which has had a few changes of late. Congratulations to Nathan (Touks) who has moved to Canterbury Golf Course after accepting the role of Head Superintendant. Nathan will be missed as he did a wonderful job maintaining the course whilst here and has been replaced by his older brother Chris who is continuing on with the same work ethic. With all the humidity of late the boys have been flat out on the mowers battling against the rapid growth of all things green. I’m sure they are all looking forward to the weather cooling down.