March marked a significant change in golf course conditions as the base Paspalum began active growth due to the increase in temperatures. We continued to suffer from rainfall which has affected some progress on projects. Now that the Paspalum grass has become active there has been a significant acceleration in ball mark recovery on greens and divot recovery on tees and fairways.
March was a busy month with works completed on flood damaged bunkers on hole 8 greenside, phase 1 of our bunker renovations, tree pruning cycles and our winter servicing of irrigation infrastructure and agronomy machinery. Works also began during the month on our transition programs between winter and summer grasses with vertical mowing and cutting height changes as we encourage the Paspalum back to aggressive growth and ensure a smooth transition in late spring.
As we turn our attention to April, our main focus will be on the transition process with increased cultural practices such as verti-cutting and solid tine planned as we push active growth in our base grass and thin out the over-seed to allow light penetration to our summer grass. Projects will continue with landscape planting on holes 13 & 16 planned. We will also be commencing our chipping green project beginning with mowing height changes around the putting and chipping green as we prepare the turf for the re-design of this area in May. Other works to note in April are desert detailing and edging along with lake edging and cleaning. We will also be strongly focused on course presentation and attention to detail as we strive to present the course in prime condition.
Once again we thank you for your support and trust you will continue to enjoy the course.