Golf News

Spring Treatment (Greens)

Golf operations would like to advise all members and guests of the decision to go ahead with spring treatment on the following dates.

Beachwood will be hollow tined on the 25th of September and DCC will be treated on the 13th November. We appreciate the support and patience from the members over this time. It is absolutely crucial that we treat the current state of the greens at Beachwood with the utmost urgency. We are confident that with the growing season upon us and good rains forecast for the coming weeks we will see the Beachwood greens in a far healthier condition and back to a standard expected by all our members.

With the South African amateur being held at DCC from the 24th of February through to 2nd March we have decided to do the hollow tining before the festive season. DCC has not hosted the prestige’s SA Amateur for nearly 40 years so it goes without saying that a pristine golf course must be delivered for the tournament. We had originally planned on treating the greens on 9 January but following much deliberation with the Wallington’s team and the golf committee it was decided that 13 November will be the date to hollow tine.

Yes it is that time again where we are hollowting (aerifing) the greens at DCC. See aerification as merely a short-term disruption that has long-term benefits for golf courses. Preventative maintenance is an integral part of successful golf course management. Golfers view aerification as an inconvenience that takes the greens out of play for a day, pulling cores from the greens and leaving holes that can affect putting for many days before healing.

But a golfer needs to understand how important aerification is to producing healthy turf.

Aerification (also known as aeration or hollowtining) achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green's roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch.

Like so many things, the quality of a good putting green is more than skin deep. In fact, the condition of a green has a lot to do with what goes on below the surface. In order for grass to grow at 3mm, it must have deep, healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen. In good soil, they get the oxygen from tiny pockets of air trapped between soil and sand particles.

Over time, the traffic from golfers's feet (as well as mowing equipment) tends to compact the soil under the putting green - particularly when the soil contains a lot of clay like at DCC. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets on which the roots depend are crushed, and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants become weaker and will eventually wither and die.

Aerification is a mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting, thus helping the grass plants stay healthy. In most cases, it's done by removing half-inch (13mm) cores (those plugs you sometimes see near a green or in fairways) from the compacted soil, allowing for an infusion of air and water that brings a resurgence of growth. The spaces are then filled with sand "topdressing" that helps the soil retain air space and makes it easier for roots to grow downward.

At DCC the greens are constructed of soils with significant amounts of silt, clay and fine organic particles that are prone to compaction. Filling aerification holes with sand improves drainage and resists compaction. The periodic introduction of sand to a green's top layer can, over time, avoid or postpone expensive rebuilding or renovation of greens.

There are many types of aerifying machines with different attachments that address different problems in the various stages of the life of a green. So the next time you're ready to scream when the aerifiers are brought on the course, remember that a little preventative maintenance produces the best greens over the long haul.

Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards
Don Gammon

Fixture List

DayDateDurban Country ClubBeachwood
Sat16 SeptBetterball - Chairmains TrophyAlliance
Sun17 SeptOpen To AllPower Family Cup
Mon18 SeptOpen To AllCourse Closed
Tue19 SeptNOMADSLadies (AM)
Wed20 SeptHyundai Sponsor Competition - BetterballNestle Golf Day
Thurs21 SeptOpen to allOpen to All
Fri22 SeptStandard Bank Golf DayWOA Golf Day
Sat23 SeptBetterballFourball Alliance
Sun24 SeptOpen to AllOpen to All

Fitness Classes

Dear Member

Spring is here and summer holidays are not far behind!. Now is the time to invest in your health by taking advantage of the free fitness classes offered by your club under the professional guidance of fitness and personal trainer, Kim. Here is a personal message from her:

Hi, I am Kim Jackson and my passion is fitness, health and wellness. I love helping people to achieve their personal fitness goals, no matter how large or small. Participating and helping many others participate in some major sporting events, has been a very satisfying part of my life. Over the years, I have completed:

10 Two Ocean Ultra Marathons
22 Comrades Marathons
The 100 miler Washie Marathon 160km, completed recently ...phew!
Trail Runs such as the Sani Stagger, Lesotho Ultra Sky Run, Rhodes, Mont-aux-Sources and White Clay
Countless marathons , including the London Marathon this year
3 Full Ironman triathlons - 3.8km swim, a 180km ride followed by a 42km marathon
A number of half ironman triathlons
7 Individual Triple Challenges which included a 21km trail run to Cato Ridge, a MTB ride down to Inanda Dam and a 22km paddle on the dam with portages. All good fun in those days.
A number of Midmar Miles
2 Dusi canoe marathons
2 Non-stop dusi canoe marathons
7 Fish River canoe marathons
The Argus bike race in Cape Town, Amashova, Tour de Durban and others
The Sani 2 C staged mountain bike race, the Wine to Whales in Cape Town, the Berg and Bush, and the four day Isimangiliso stage race

Do you know? That when you exercise, drink water and eat clean, that you will release daily stress, reduce risk of injuries and diseases, have no doctors bills, lose weight, feel healthier and above all, feel good about yourself.... INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH! There is no price tag on that....it is priceless!

So, come and join us for free sessions on a Monday and Thursday evening. Come and meet fellow members and be a part of the DCC Fitness family!

COMMITMENT + CONSISTENCY = RESULTS!!!!!

See you soon.

Warm regards
Kim

Upcoming Events

Quiz Night - Wed, 20 Sep

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Heritage Day - Sun, 24 Sep

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