Dowerin Golf Course - Coil Drainage Project
The Dowerin Golf Club will be receiving a long overdue touch of TLC this year with a number of high profile projects approved to take place which will help ensure the long term sustainability of this popular recreational facility.
The Dowerin Golf Club has an active group of members from the local and wider community who utilise the facility through club competition, corporate golf days and social midweek golf. The club itself is an active member of the Mortlock Golf Association playing on a weekly basis with teams from the Shires of Goomalling, Bolgart, Calingiri and Toodyay through the golfing season from May to September.
However, today the standard of the aged old oiled sand tees are certainly lacking and in 2005 the Golf Club members formed a ‘tee committee’ who have since liaised with the Shire of Dowerin and funding bodies as to the possibility of replacing the tees with a new synthetic surface. Success came in March 2009 when the Dowerin Golf Club secured funding from the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund and were granted over $11,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation for the installation of 30 new synthetic tees.
The golf course is situated amongst 16 hectares of salmon gum and york gum woodland which is rare throughout the Shire of Dowerin. Part of the Reserve is under threat of waterlogging and salinity, particularly on the eastern edge of the Reserve which ultimately effects fairways 12, 13 and 14. A small creekline meanders throughout the course however with the large rainfall events of 1999, silt and clay build-up amongst some of the granite outcrops in the creekline has meant that water is blocked in these areas. The damage becomes more visible with each winter and thankfully the Shire have managed to source funding through the Avon Catchment Council to measure gradients, determine the best course of action and to implement minor earthworks to prevent further damage. The project is in the initial planning phase but with a 30th September funding deadline, this will mean that some earthworks will be happening during the season and winter which is not ideal. However, the ensuing damage means that there is little choice but to complete the project within the timeframe. Community consultation is very important to the Shire and the Avon Catchment Council and the members of the Golf Club remain supportive.
The Dowerin Golf Club has been granted a 50Ha community cropping lease at Amery Acres which is used by local groups to raise funds for various projects. The money raised this season will be allocated towards the ongoing development of the course including its attempts to arrest the salinity problem.
The committee would like to thank its members who have been involved in the establishment of the crop and in particular the following sponsors for providing many of the required inputs. Ravensdown have supplied the fertiliser, The Farm Shed Dowerin have provided Glyphosate, Syngenta Crop Protection Pty Ltd contributed Boxer Gold® for pre-emergent grass control and Bayer Crop Science has kindly supported us with Velocity® herbicide for Radish control and Presario ®fungicide.