Healthy greens key to happiness
MONTO Bowling Club greenkeeper Herb Kirkwood has been doing the job since January and loves it.
A member of the club since 1991 Kirkwood took the position as he is retired and needed something to occupy his time as well as contribute to the club.
He averages 2.5 hours per day and much of it is voluntary.
“The work changes every day but the main aim is to keep a good playing surface particularly as I enjoy playing myself,” Kirkwood said.
“The club can’t afford a fulltime keeper so I am part paid and that’s fine because I just want to keep the club going.
“I’m only new to the job so there is a lot to learn but really it is not much different from farming.
“There is some maintenance involved with the machinery but the main aim is keeping the greens healthy particularly in winter.”
Herb Kirkwood has some early mornings around 4–6am to irrigate before a breeze arrives.
The greens need to be weeded and guarded against grubs and fungus, they are mowed three to four days a week and rolled before play.
SMOOTH ROLL: Herb Kirkwood enjoys keeping Monto Bowling Club’s greens in good shape.