Keeping Mossman’s greens
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.
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