Keep­ing Moss­man’s greens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE tees and greens have evolved over the years at Moss­man Golf Course, cre­at­ing a favourite course for many golfers over its 50-year his­tory.

Green keep­ers Matty and Daniel Coulthard have been work­ing hard to keep the course look­ing im­mac­u­late, de­spite the lack of an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.

Thir­teen greens have No­vatec grass, two have 328 and three have moun­tain grass while couch is used on the tees.

Matty com­pleted his ap­pren­tice­ship at Moss­man Golf Course in 2009, be­fore mov­ing on for a few years to other cour­ses, gain­ing more ex­pe­ri­ence and then re­turn­ing to where it all be­gan.

‘‘Once I fin­ished my ap­pren­tice­ship I worked at Sea Tem­ple for two years and then I went up to Groote Is­land for a year,’’ he said.

‘‘I got a phone call of­fer­ing me the job so I came back, now my brother Daniel and I are work­ing to­gether. ‘‘It’s beau­ti­ful here and I’m glad to be back. ‘‘I love the job in gen­eral and the chal­lenges it pro­duces each sea­son.’’

Be­ing dry sea­son, the course isn’t so green right now, but with the rain comes a whole other prob­lem.

‘‘Wet sea­son is al­ways hard be­cause there is more of a chance of dis­eases on the greens, such as take-all patch or al­gae,’’ Matty said.

‘‘The sixth tee is very shady and we had prob­lems with the grass grow­ing there. We have since put in buf­falo grass and have seen real im­prove­ment there.’’

The course has 15 carts to trans­port play­ers around the scenic 18 holes of golf­ing par­adise, even pro­vid­ing a lit­tle trop­i­cal rain­for­est drive.

The course’s fea­ture holes are 14, 15 and 16 along Hay­man Cor­ner, and are pos­si­bly the most chal­leng­ing of the lay­out.

19TH HOLE:

the club­house from the first fair­way

START­ING THE BACK NINE: the 9th green

PENUL­TI­MATE: the 17th green

PIC­TURESQUE: the rain­for­est walk to the 17th tee

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