ENVIRONMENT NEEDS MANAGEMENT
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.