Tallwoods Course Performance Index

20 November 2021

 

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One of the key objectives of the TGC Board has been to assist the TCC, through TGC Member Volunteers, in lifting all holes to a Course Performance Index above 70%. So how have we done so far?

 

As at 20 November 2021 we have reached our Highest Overall Hole rating of 68% with 15 holes above 60% and 8 holes now above 70%

 

This is a massive improvement from March 2021 when the course rated just 48% Overall.

 

Once again, late October and November saw Tallwoods impacted by rain which saw bunkers badly affected. Bill Livermore and Steve Murray have restored most of the bunkers on the back 9 which contributed to the increase in the Course Performance Index. TGC volunteer effort continued throughout the month with some great work achieved around the 15th Tee, 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 11th holes amassing 116 volunteer hours.

 

The entry area has seen a further face lift with new Tallwoods flags flying high above Boulevard Drive and volunteers making the garden surrounds look better than ever (now rating at a high of 86%).

 

The putting green area is nearing completion as is the Chapel of Light and the 12th is back in play with the new fence protecting the bungalows to the left of the 12th tee. 

 

Once again it is so good to see our team of silent volunteers make more contributions to so many areas of the course in particular the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th,15th, 16th and 18th holes.

 

Tallwoods Course Performance Index

22 October 2021

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One of the key objectives of the TGC Board has been to assist the TCC, through TGC Member Volunteers, in lifting all holes to a Course Performance Index above 70% by October 2021. So how have we done so far?

 

As at 22 October 2021 we have reached our Highest Overall Hole rating of 66% with 15 holes above 60%.  

 

This is a massive improvement from March 2021 when the course rated just 48% Overall.

 

Late September and October saw Tallwoods in another major rain event plus another COVID-19 lockdown, which put a dampener on TGC volunteer effort (112 hours). Despite this the TCC green staff made big improvements to the fairways and tees across the course with the new Ventrac machine. The rain event also allowed the TGC Volunteers to strip tree roots from the 5th fairway and restore the Black Tee on the 5th.

 

The entry area has seen a further face lift with new Tallwoods flags flying high above Boulevard Drive and volunteers making the garden surrounds look better than ever (now rating at a high of 85%).

 

The putting green area is nearing completion as is the Chapel of Light as well as the new fence to the left of the 12th tee. It will be great to have Hole 12 back in play as the hardest hole on the course.

 

Once again it is so good to see our team of silent volunteers make more contributions to so many areas of the course in particular the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th,15th, 16th and 18th holes.

 

 

Tallwoods Course Performance Index 

10 September 2021

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The fifth Tallwoods Dragon Day sponsored by Hallidays Point Tavern, took place on Saturday 11 September 2021 with a strong field of 104 enjoying beautiful playing conditions.

As with every Dragon Day, the TCC and Members work towards presenting the course in its best possible condition to Members and Visitors. Each Friday before Dragon Day the course is audited and the results posted for all to see how the course is progressing. On Friday 10 September 2021 Saxon Williams and Barry Richards (Vets President) audited the course over a 4 hour period and the results are in!

 Despite the lack of rain the course has improved from an overall rating of 48% in March 2021 to 65% as at 10 September 2021. This is a significant improvement which has allowed the Match committee to move to “play the ball as it lies” for the first time in what Jeff Cutler says is the first time in about 8 years!!!

 Make no mistake, there is still plenty to do to bring Tallwoods up to the Championship condition we all desire but it shows that working together as a Membership with the TCC we are starting to make a real difference in both the aesthetics and playability of the course. 

 Late August to early September saw Tallwoods in lockdown but volunteers were still in action with the “big burn” erasing large amounts of debris that had been gathered over the last few months. The entry area has seen a further face lift with volunteers making the garden surrounds look better than ever (now rating at a high of 85%).

The TCC green staff have been making big improvements to the 5th hole with a new trench and bridge constructed to turn a chronic course problem into a new feature. Trees have been removed on the 11th tee. The new cart shed between the putting green and 9th has been erected and the social group area above the putting green is taking shape. The putting green area is almost completed and looks set to open early October 21. 

 The new Ventrac Machine has arrived and is already being put to good use. With 150 spikes the Ventrac will be used to aerate much of the course over the next few weeks.

A huge shout out to all the other silent volunteers who continue to make a massive contribution to so many areas of the course in particular the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 13th,15th, 16th and 18th holes.

 

Tallwoods Course Performance Index - 20 August 2021

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The fourth Tallwoods Dragon Day sponsored by Halliday’s Point Tavern, took place on Saturday 21 August 2021 with a strong field of 93 enjoying beautiful playing conditions.

On Friday 20 August 2021 Saxon Williams and Peter Stephenson audited the course over a 4 hour period and the results are in!

August saw major green restoration with great assistance from over 20 volunteers! A huge shout out to all the other silent volunteers who piled massive amounts of debris around the course especially on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 13th holes.

Tallwoods Course Performance Index – 9 July 2021 

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The third Tallwoods Dragon Day sponsored by Hallidays Point Tavern, took place on Saturday 10 July 2021 with a reduced field of 28 hardy souls braving the rain and wind.
On Friday 9 July 2021 Saxon Williams and Richard Jones audited the course over a 2 hour period and the results are in!
Despite continued weather events which have seen volunteer days cancelled, the course has continued to improve through great work from the Greens staff.

Summary: 14 holes now above 60%!!!!
Tallwoods Performance Index (TPI) shows that we now have 14 holes now with a TPI rating above 60%.
In January to March, only the 16th hole had a rating above 60%.
80% ++: Entry Area including the Café, Practice Areas, Hedges, Tallwoods Sign
70-79%: Hole 1, 13, 15 and 16
60%-69%: Holes 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18
50% to 59%: Holes 5, 7, 12
40% to 49%: 0 Most Improved: Hole 4 improved +9% to 63%.
The weather events over the last few weeks have seen volunteer work hours plummet to only 32 hours for the month 11 June to 9 July!!!

 Tallwoods Course Performance Index 11 June 2021

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Jeff Cutler and I audited the course over a 2 hour period on Friday 11 June 2021 and the results are in!

 The analysis makes for good reading and it looks like we are definitely heading in the right direction.  

 Summary:

13 holes now above 60%!!!!

Major Achievements: Tallwoods Performance Index (TPI) shows that we now have 13 holes now with a TPI rating above 60%.  

In January to March, only the 16th hole had a rating above 60%.

Above 70%: Entry, Hole 1, 13 and 16

Above 60%: Holes 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18

50% to 59%: Holes 3, 4, 5, 7, 12

40% to 49%: 0

Most Improved: Hole 3 (+9%), Hole 1 (+8%), Hole 13 (+8%)

We estimate that volunteer work hours reached a staggering 235 hours for the month of May to 11 June!!!

That equates to an additional 6 full time staff working a 38 hour week.

The results are there for all to see. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who continue to participate in the journey of restoring playability and aesthetics back to the golf course.  

 

Tallwoods Course Performance Index 30 April 2021

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The Board has created a monthly event, (“Tallwoods Dragon Day”) to be played on the first Sunday of each month, where Tallwoods Country Club is presented to Members and Visitors in its best possible condition.

The initiative is hoped to create a partnership between Greens Staff and Volunteers to raise all holes to above 70% Performance Index Level by 1 October 2021.

The TPI is designed as a working tool to show Course condition over time to Owners, Members, Green staff and Visitors.

The Entry Area and each Hole is given a rating out of 10 for each of 8 areas. Hole areas include: Tees, Fairway, Rough, Bunkers, Green, Paths, Tee Surrounds and Green Surrounds.

The aggregate is then presented as a percentage.

 

Tallwoods Performance Index as at Friday 30 April, 2021. Conducted by Saxon Williams and Jeff Cutler. 

Summary:

AWESOME IMPROVEMENT!!! 

We estimate that volunteer work hours reached a staggering 284 hours for the month of April!!! That equates to an additional 8 full time staff for the month of April. The results are there for all to see. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who have participated in the journey of restoring playability and aesthetics back to the golf club.  

 Major Achievements: Despite the rain event the Tallwoods Performance Index (TPI) shows that we now have 9 holes now with a TPI rating above 60%.  

In January to March, only the 16th hole had a rating above 60%.

Above 70%: Entry, Hole 16

Above 60%: Holes 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18

50% to 59%: Holes 2, 6, 12, 15, 17

40% to 49%: Holes 3, 4, 5, 7