The Weekend Post - - Sport -

QWhat are the chal­lenges of the ex­tremes of weather in the Far North and ef­fects on the course? We have had a run of ex­treme heat of late and the rain can­not be far away.

AThere aren’t too many golf cour­ses in the coun­try that have to deal with 2.5 me­tres of rain­fall in two months and then on the other end of the spec­trum, we have 42 de­gree days that can cook an egg on the cart path. Most peo­ple have no idea of just how much grass our team has to cut, and how fast it grows in sum­mer, let alone the mow­ers that cost $95,000 plus. On top of that there are fuel costs, break­downs, chem­i­cals, staff wages are typ­i­cally on the rise year in, year out and have to be man­aged. His­tori- cally golf cour­ses were known to al­most be an en­emy of the en­vi­ron­ment with ex­ces­sive use of chem­i­cals and bad prac­tices, some­thing that has changed dra­mat­i­cally in re­cent times. We are lo­cated right on the fish habi­tat of the Cairns In­let and are very con­scious and re­spect­ful of the en­vi­ron­ment in which we op­er­ate.

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