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“Say Fore!” video

Posted by mynormas on July 22, 2014

This Japanese video is about shouting “Fore!” when the ball is hit too far ahead (or left, or right) and may endanger others.  Not really applicable to Malaysians since we are more prone to shout “Balllllll!” or “Bolaaaaaa!” or “F*ckkkkk!”. This video looks like it was made by authentic caddies.  All credits go to the video owners.

Video ni akan di fahamkan oleh pemain golf. Secara tradisinya, bila bola golf di pukul dan ia berkemungkinan kena dengan orang yang berada di hadapan (atau di lubang kiri dan kanan) maka si pemukul akan menjerit “Fore!” tapi di Malaysia kita akan jerit “Bolaaaa!”  atau “Ballllll!” ataupun “F*ckkkkk!”.

Ada beberapa pendapat tentang asal perkataan “Fore” ini. Satu darinya adalah dari perkataan fore yang bermaksud hadapan (contohnya di kapal bahagian fore adalah hadapan dan aft adalah belakang) dan ia singkatan kepada Fore-caddie iaitu pembantu pemain yang berada di hadapan pemain utk membantu pemain mencari bola. Dulu dulu, harga bola lebih mahal dari gaji orang agaknya…  Jadi bila bola dia di pukul dan tak pergi ke tempat yang dituju (90% dari pemain macam tu) maka dia akan jerit panggil caddie di hadapan “Fore caddie!” dan di singkatkan kepada “Fore”. 100 tahun lagi mungkin di singkat kan kepada “Ffff!”

Anyway, video ni menarik sebab ia di buat oleh para caddie di Jepun yang biasanya terdiri dari pensioner.

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4 cara perbaiki padang golf

Posted by mynormas on May 5, 2014

This post is a how-to. As in How To Skin A Cat; or How To Leave a Guy in 10 Days; or 9 Ways to Skin A Cat. Stuff like that. Since this is a blog about grass, I am talking about how to improve a golf course in the local lingo. I mean, I talk about it in the local lingo, not improve it in the local lingo… never mind. 

Saya percaya ramai di antara pembaca laman web ini adalah orang yang mempunyai kepentingan di padang atau kelab golf, samada sebagai pengurusan, pekerja ataupun ahli kelab. Mungkin ada di antara anda duduk di dalam Jawantkuasa atau Committee atau sub-committee. Mungkin ada di antara pembaca yang mempunyai rasa sayang kepada kelab golf sebagai ahli, atau sebagai ‘regular’ yang sering mengunjungi. Saya selalu menerima pertanyaan dari orang ramai tentang cara untuk memperbaiki kelab atau padang golf mereka. Di sini saya beri beberapa cara.

1. Perbaiki kelajuan green. Improve your Green Speed (not necessarily increase them)

“Of course” saya boleh dengar kata pembaca “siapa tak tau. Tak payah nak bayar konsultan pun kita dah tahu”. Perhatikan saya guna perkataan ‘Perbaiki’ dan bukan ‘Tambah’ kelajuan green. Banyak padang golf yang mempunyai kelajuan yang tidak sekata di antara satu green kepada green yang lain. Green di lubang 4 mempunyai kelajuan 8 kaki, green 5 kelajuan 9 kaki 2 inci dan green 6 berkelajuan 7 kaki 10 inci. Kebanyakkan golfer takkan perasan perbezaan kelajuan tidak melebihi 1 kaki, tetapi mereka akan perasan bahawa green susah nak putting; terutamanya pada kelajuan melebihi 8 kaki yang dianggap laju. Kebanyakkan golfer tidak dapat membuat putting yang betul dan akan memuji kelab kerana green yang mencabar; apa yang mereka tidak tahu ialah green di kelab tersebut tidak adil kerana tidak konsisten.

I love this guy. He knows how to appreciate a good consultant who brought him good greens at minimum cost. You would too.

I love this guy. He knows how to appreciate a consultant who brought him good greens at minimum cost. You would too.

Dan bila sebuah kelab mahukan green yang laju; apa yang akan di lakukan biasanya ialah menurunkan ketinggian potongan sehingga green stress. Sebenarnya ada banyak lagi cara lain untuk menambah kelajuan green.

Green yang baik adalah juga green yang ‘true’ (terjemahan: benar?). Green yang true adalah green yang bila bola di ketuk atau di baling dengan kekuatan dan arah yang sama; ia akan bergolek pada jarak dan arah yang sama. Tidak ada ketul pasir, tidak ada grain rumput yang akan memesongkan bola.

Green yang sihat dengan kelajuan yang munasabah (7 – 9 kaki), true dan konsisten dari green 1 hingga 18 (perbezaan di antara green paling laju dan paling perlahan dalam 18 lubang ialah 1 – 12inci) adalah apa yang sebenarnya memuaskan hati majority golfer.

2. Ambil perhatian benda-benda remeh. (Take care of the little things)

Seorang kawan pernah beritahu saya bahawa padang golf x adalah padang golf paling cantik yang dia pernah main. Dari pemerhatian saya, satu perkara yang padang itu buat tetapi di abaikan oleh padang lain ialah menggunting rumput tepi jalan supaya ia kelihatan lurus, tersusun dan kemas.

This flag used to be white(r).

This flag used to be white(r).

Saya biasa lihat padang golf yang mempunyai pasu pecah di tepi jalan, papan tanda yang kotor, cat yang hampir tanggal atau pudar, air yang busuk di tandas halfway hut, bendera koyak, tee marker yang berlainan warna, batang pin yang dah tak ada warna dan macam-macam lagi benda yang menyakitkan mata.

Tidak ada pemain golf yang akan komen “cantiklah tiang bendera awak” atau “tee marker awak baguslah” atau “rumput tepi jalan awak kemaslah” dan sebagainya; tetapi mereka akan perasan bahawa “padang golf ini cantiklah” walaupun mereka tak pasti kenapa.

Ini adalah sebab utama kenapa terdapat perbezaan dan pujian dari pelanggan bila terdapat pengurusan baru di sebuah kelab. Orang lama dah lali dengan masalah lama. Orang baru akan bertindak untuk memperbaikki benda kecil yang dia tahu dia mampu buat serta merta dengan kos rendah.

Cadangan saya, sediakan beberapa tin cat (RM5 se tin di kedai hardware) kita boleh menyembur cat baru perkakas atau perabot padang golf setiap bulan puasa atau waktu hollow-tine ketika pelanggan kurang.

3. Cantikkan tempat di mana pelanggan tunggu (Beautify at the places where your customer waits)

Di mana tempat pelanggan tunggu? Tee hole 1, hole 10, lubang-lubang par3, halfway hut, starter hut, bagdrop, car park dan sebagainya.

Sedikit warna dari bunga-bunga tempatan atau cat-cat menarik untuk dinding atau tiang tertentu akan menambah seri suatu kawasan. Anda mungkin tak mampu untuk lanskapkan seluruh padang, tapi cantikkan lanskap di tempat-tempat tersebut kerana waktu menunggu adalah waktu pelanggan memberi perhatian kepada sekelilingnya.

Jika tak mampu untuk penambahan warna atau pokok; sekurang-kurangnya jaga kebersihan. Pastikan kawasan tersebut kemas dan rapi. Letak satu atau dua kerusi/bangku supaya pelanggan selesa. Saya pernah nampak kelab yang menggunakan bangku usang tetapi bersih dan kemas; hasilnya? Nampak macam antik.

Cadangan saya ialah, berfikir sebagai pelanggan untuk sehari. Di mana mereka berhenti? Di mana mereka menunggu ‘kaki golf’ mereka? Di mana tempat mereka beratur untuk membuat bayaran? Par 3 mana yang paling banyak flight menunggu? Perbaiki pemandangan kawasan itu.

4. Cari Pendapat Orang ketiga yang Berpengalaman (Get an experienced third-party opinion)

Cari atau upah orang yang boleh memberi pendapat tentang semua yang di atas; dan lebih lagi.

This guy looks like he knows what he's looking for.

This guy looks like he knows what he’s looking for.

Kadang-kadang, bukan masalah orang di kelab tersebut tak boleh menjalankan tugas; tetapi oleh kerana telah lama di satu tempat, mereka telah lali dan terlepas pandang apa yang orang lain (termasuk pelanggan) nampak sebagai tidak cantik atau tidak kemas.

Tambahan pula, dengan isu-isu politik dalaman yang mungkin menimbulkan syak wasangka dari nasihat yang di beri oleh rakan sekerja, mendapat pendapat yang sama dari orang ketiga yang mempunyai kredibiliti akan membantu supaya kerja boleh di lakukan tanpa segan atau gentar.

Cari orang yang pernah menjalankan tugas yang sama dan cemerlang dalam tugas tersebut. Dan satu kriteria yang lebih penting, cari orang yang jika anda yang membayar upah kepada mereka, tidak akan menggunakan kepercayaan anda untuk memberi barangan dari pembekal yang memberi mereka komisen paling tinggi.

Pastikan orang tersebut bukan sahaja boleh memberitahu apa yang patut di buat, tetapi juga boleh mengajar kenapa dan bagaimana ia patut di buat.

Pandangan saya: cari seorang penasihat atau konsultan.

Menjaga padang golf tidak memerlukan PhD atau pengetahuan membina roket. Di banyak perkara ia adalah pengetahuan am dan pemerhatian tentang pengalaman lalu atau pengalaman di padang lain. Di masa yang sama, tidak ada dua padang golf yang sama, malah, tidak ada dua green yang sama. Setiap satu memerlukan tindakan khusus untuk memperbaiki keadaan.

Tapi saya juga pernah berjumpa dengan kelab yang mempunyai masalah kerana terlalu ramai ‘pakar’; semua orang ada pendapat bagaimana untuk memperbaik padang golf hinggakan si Superintenden yang jadi bingung.

Tapi bila Superintenden kata dia perlukan bajet lebih; tiba-tiba semua orang diam.

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Dry season Mei – October 2014?

Posted by mynormas on April 28, 2014

This article or post is directed to anyone that looks after grass; football fields, municipal councils, golf courses, nurseries or homeowners. It is predicted that the dry season will be back after this rainy spell. The El-Nino induced weather is predicted to bring unpredictable weather. Yes you heard that right. I’m serious.

According to National Geographic, the US Climate Prediction Centre has forecasted that there is a more than 50% chance the El Nino will be back this year bringing with it dry weather to some places and heavier than normal rainfall/snowfall in others.

Regular Malaysian golfers will remember that the haze usually happens in the middle of the year. Last year it was around June.

According to the Malay version of the Star, some local experts do agree. Our Malaysian Met Dept has its own prediction that was based on the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast says there will be dry weather in May in some places and ordinary or as per expected average in others.

Be that as it may; I call on Malaysian golf courses to take preemptive steps to prepare for the dry weather, whether it is this year, or in the coming years. Heck, do these as good practice anyway.

  1. Deepen or enlarge your irrigation ponds! If possible, deepen or enlarge additional ponds neighbouring that pond and try to connect them so that they can provide you with additional water when/if needed.
  2. Ensure that your irrigation system is functioning well. Do an audit now. Some of the older sprinklers may already be worn out and are ‘sprinkling’ more water than needed. Result: you are wasting water and sprinklers may not cover ‘head to head’ anymore.
  3. Start using second generation wetting agents now. These wetting agents will help in water penetration. Ask your local supplier for more info. Remember to ask for the newest wetting agents that should ensure uniform penetration. They are expensive so you may want to use them on critical areas only.
  4. Aerate your fields, fairways, tees, greens and even as much surrounding grass area as possible. Aeration will help in water penetration where thatch build-up is an issue. Do it as often and as much as possible.
  5. Fertilizer your fields BEFORE the dry season starts. Pay attention to the Met department in your country. Or newspapers.

Football fields may not have ponds but they may want to look into having extra tanks and/or start using wetting agents. With or without this warning, they should do aeration anyway.

For those of you with home lawns, stick to aeration. I discourage the use of any chemicals except for organic fertilizer in homes. Watch a video of lawn aeration here. And yes, to a certain extent, organic fertilizers that has not yet decomposed do help in keeping water in the ground.

Again, even if you are sceptical of these predictions and trust politicians more (really?) you still should do this as good practice. Ponds tend to silt up over the years.

Regards,

Normas.

Slicing will help with aeration and water penetration.

Slicing will help with aeration and water penetration.

 

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Vacancies: Finance, F&Bs, Golf & Sports

Posted by mynormas on April 10, 2014

Kekosongan jawatan. Sebuah kelab golf di pantai timur mempunyai kekosongan untuk jawatan-jawatan berikut:

A golf club in the east coast of peninsular Malaysia is looking for:

  1. Finance/Admin Manager. The education requirement for the post is a Degree in accounting, though I suppose if you have something that is the equivalent; they would consider.
  2. F & B Manager
  3. Chefs
  4. F & B Supervisors
  5. Golf & Sports Executive

For all the above vacancies, the club requires that candidates have a minimum of three years experience, if possible in a golf club environment.

Don’t take that too literally, it can also mean for those of you that has worked in a golf club in a lower position or perhaps in a slightly different job title than advertised: this is your chance!

Look, I made the jump from being an Assistant Estate Manager in an oil palm plantation to an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent ok? How big a jump is that?

But if you don’t want to take the risk, its alright: do pass the message to your friends who are good staff who may be interested. I’ve always thought that only the good people who will leave, the ‘average’ people will stay on, but we call them ‘loyal’ people in front of them. I just wonder why these ‘loyal’ people don’t seem to never stop complaining about their work, company, colleagues and bosses. Ya, you know who you are.

By the way, don’t start contacting me asking about how much they are willing to pay, coz I don’t know. I don’t know them and frankly, I don’t know you that well. Because, it’s not just how much the market is for that position, but more importantly, how much you are worth in the market.

What I do, is I don’t put how much I want on the resume or the form. Instead, I put the words “prefer to discuss” in that column. What is important is I get into the interview room. If I impress the interviewer enough, I can negotiate from a position of strength. If they can’t afford me; I made new friends (and admirers) and gained an interview experience. What if I don’t impress the interviewer? I don’t know; has never happened to me before. Usually if it has reached that stage, that means they were impressed by your resume already so as long as you dress well and speak well; and have a firm handshake, three quarter of the work is done.

Are you inspired enough? Quit complaining about your current company/boss. Sack them. No, say nothing yet. Go through your resume and edit it. Emphasise your strength, experience and accomplishment to suit the job or company that you are applying for. You can find sample formats of resumes here. NEVER, ever use the exact same resume everywhere.

Then write a cover letter that summarises them all and ask your new employer (yes that’s how confident you should be) to ‘stop looking’ because you are The One. I do that all the time. You’re shy? Why? What have you got to lose? You have a lot to gain. But if you are into ‘safe’ letters; you can find samples here.

And please don’t send ‘Word’ files. Print out your resume and scan it as pdf. Or print it as pdf, you can download a pdf writer for free. I use Cutepdf which you find here http://www.cutepdf.com/. I have my signature on file as a picture and I paste it on the letter before printing. Don’t forget to paste your passport-sized picture on the resume too.

Then, in this context, email your resume to ‘randomtemporarynameATgmail.com’ replacing the AT with @. I’ll forward it to the respective persons. The deadline (not dateline. Please) is 26th April 2014 midnight Malaysian time (yes I have overseas applicants too which I duly pass to the would-be employers – its their decision)

If you prefer hard copy: Send it to “Turf Consultancy Sdn. Bhd., 101, No 25 Jalan 31/N, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor.” but do email me at the above that you have done so.

I will forward all correspondence to the employer and have no hand in the selection.

But Good Luck anyway.

 

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Jerebu dan rumput

Posted by mynormas on March 4, 2014

Jerebu telah kembali ke Malaysia, kali ini, lebih awal dari tahun-tahun sebelumnya.

Jerebu yang menghalang sinar matahari.

Jerebu yang menghalang sinar matahari.

Biasanya kita akan lebih risau tentang kesihatan kita dan manusia lain bila kita bercerita tentang jerebu ini. Masa ini juga ialah masa untuk sesetengah orang untuk mencari salah siapa yang menyebabkan jerebu.

Dengan membuat andaian anda membaca ini kerana anda mahukan cadangan untuk rumput atau mungkin tumbuhan lanskap anda, maka saya akan abaikan cadangan untuk kesihatan manusia atau siapa bakar apa dan dimana dalam artikel ini.

Tidak ada kajian khusus pernah di buat untuk menilai kesan jerebu keatas rumput. Setakat yang saya temui, terdapat kajian keatas padi, tembakau, dan Meranti.

Dua perkara utama pada jerebu akan memberi kesan pada rumput:

Pertamaialah jerebu tebal mengurangkan cahaya matahari yang akan mempengaruhi keupayaan rumput membuat makanan melalui proses fotosintesis. Fotosintesis hanya mampu berlaku bila tumbuhan mendapat cahaya matahari yang cukup.

Rumput sebelah kanan menerima kurang cahaya matahari.

Tumbuhan (rumput) yang tidak mampu membuat makanan tadi akan menggunakan tenaga simpanan yang ada di bahagian-bahagian lain seperti di batang atau akar. Bila tenaga simpanan ini habis dan masih tidak cukup sinar matahari untuk membuat fotosintesis, maka rumput ini akan mula memanjangkan lai daun nya.  Ia akan cuba untuk menambah luas permukaan daun supaya boleh memaksimakan cahaya matahari yang ada. Anda pernah lihat rumput yang tumbuh di kawasan redup? Ia akan menjadi lebih panjang dari biasa; panjang tapi kurus.

Kedua, di dalam jerebu tersebut terkandung partikel-partikel seni yang akhirnya akan mendap ke atas permukaan rumput. Kalau seni yang saya maksudkan ialah seni budaya tidaklah ia menjadi masalah. Tapi partikel2 disini ialah oksida dan juga ‘heavy metal’ seperti Plumbum dan Sulfur. Ia akan melekat pada permukaan daun atau tanah. Jika dibiarkan unsur2 ini akan terkumpul dan akhirnya memberi kesan ke atas kimia tanah atau rumput tadi.

Satu lagi kemungkinan ialah ‘hujan asid’ iaitu kombinasi hujan dan pencemaran udara. Tidaklah bermaksud akan berlaku hujan yang boleh melubangkan baju anda; tapi tahap keasidan air yang turun itu ialah lebih dari hujan biasa. Ini berlaku walaupun tiada jerebu. Anda juga bertanggungjawab untuk fenomena ini bila anda membuat apa2 pembakaran, termasuk enjin kereta anda. Hujan asid ini akan – sedikit sebanyak – meninggalkan kesan keasidan pada tanah juga.

Cadangan saya

Saya hanya mencadangkan anda perhatikan rumput anda, jika anda dapati ia mula memanjang (tanda-tanda nya ialah, anda mula memotong lebih banyak batang dari daun, atau anda dapati lebih banyak ‘sampah’ di kutip oleh pemotong anda dari biasa, atau sekadar dari pemerhatian mata kasar) maka anda patut menaikkan ketinggian potongan. Terutamanya green di padang golf.

Jika anda mampu siram dengan kuantiti yang banyak untuk ‘membasuh’ permukaan lai daun dan membawa partikel2 seni tadi  ke dalam tanah. Anda juga boleh membantu perjalanan air ke dalam tanah dengan hollow tining, slicing, spiking atau semata-mata mencucuk-cucuk tanah supaya air boleh turun ke bawah dengan cepat.

Lagi?  Doa banyak-banyak untuk mintak hujan atau salahkan orang sebelah yang tengah bakar sampah tu…

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Watering grass

Posted by mynormas on February 21, 2014

Siram rumput pada waktu awal pagi. Ini memberi masa untuk air meresap ke bawah dan boleh di ambil oleh akar rumput bila matahari mula panas di waktu tengahari. Bila siram, siram secara banyak dan sekali sekala (deeply and irregularly): ini akan mengajar akar rumput untuk tumbuh panjang ke bawah untuk mencari air. Jangan siram secara berjadual, contohnya setiap pagi tiap tiap pagi. Check sedalam dua inci dan lihat jika tanah masih basah; tak perlu siram.

Untuk penjaga rumput yang di potong pendek dan terdedah kepada matahari seperti green padang golf dan orang yang memotong rumput menggunakan mesin galas belakang: amalkan ‘syringing’ atau siraman ringan pada waktu tengahari. Ini akan menyejukkan permukaan atas tanah. Cukup sekadar dua putaran sprinkler atau satu nyanyian lengkap “Negaraku” sewaktu menyiram.

Penjaga rumput juga patut menggunakan ‘soil wetting agent’ untuk membantu air tembus ke bawah. Ingat: ‘SOIL’ dan bukan ‘leaf wetting agent’ atau ‘plant wetting agent’. Kita boleh juga melakukan penebukkan tanah sedalam seinci dua untuk membantu aliran air terutamanya di kawasan kering. Tapi awas, kalau tak cukup siraman air, kawasan di tebuk itu akan kekeringan di bibir atasnya.

Akhir sekali, Tuhan telah jadikan rumput akan menjadi dorman dan coklat  bila cuaca panas berpanjangan dan tak cukup air. Bila air ada, ia akan kembali hijau. Ini untuk rumput sihat dan spesis tertentu Bermuda dan Zoysia serta Cowgrass dan Serangoon.

Water your grass (golf course, field, lawns etc) very early in the morning. This will allow the water to be soaked into the ground before the sun can evaporate the water and the grass has available water when in the heat of the afternoon. Watering in the evening may mean you are watering dead/dying/dormant/suffering grass: You’re too late! Plus water in the ground at night may cause diseases and algae. 
The catchphrase for watering grass is “deeply and irregularly”: this will train the grass to grow longer roots to search for water. Watering like clockwork every morning will encourage shorter roots and may waste water, especially for shaded areas. Before watering, poke the ground and check, if the soil is moist; take a chance and skip watering. Another test is if you can see your footprints on the grass, that means there is no moisture in the leaf and you need to water there and then. When you water, water until you judge water has penetrated at least two inches of soil (does NOT mean two inches of water). Newly planted grass will have shorter/no roots and needs to be watered more often, not with more water. For example; newly planted stolons/seeds may need watering every hour with just enough water to ensure the stolons are moist in this weather. Water too much and you have runaway seeds/stolons. 
 
Professional grass managers should look at using soil wetting agents; it will increase water penetration – among other things. For sun-exposed grasses that are cut at low cutting heights such as golf course greens and lawn owners who cut their grass once a month with back pack cutters (especially if you use nylon strings: you guys should try artificial turf) there is this thing called syringing aka very light watering in the afternoon heat. Yes at 12pm. Two full turns of the sprinkler or sing one Negaraku song till finish; complete watering. Forget the theory that the water droplets will act as lens to focus the sun’s rays: the heat will evaporate it before any damage is done. Syringing will help to cool down the top inch of the soil. Hot soil will injure the grass’ roots. 
Dried out. But the benefits will outweigh this short term aesthetic issue.

Dried out. But the long-term benefits will outweigh this short term aesthetic issue.

We can also do shallow spiking, slicing or solid tines with small diameter tines just to provide areas for water to penetrate. Or just poking with anything sharp for one or two inches in dry areas, will help. But not enough watering will cause the edges of the slits/holes to dry out. 

 
Lastly, don’t fret that your grass has turned brown. Most healthy grasses will go dormant when faced with prolonged dry weather and will green up again when there is adequate water. This goes for Cowgrass, Serangoon and most hybrids of Bermuda and Zoysia. Yours didn’t last year? That’s what you get when you buy new types of grass you don’t know enough. Your grass is not healthy? Its usually due to poor maintenance. Let it die and switch to artificial grass next year. No I don’t sell artificial grass, I just sympathise with poorly managed living grass.  

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Siram rumput

Posted by mynormas on February 7, 2014

Sprinkler irrigation in a golf course

Proses penyiraman padang golf

Menyiram adalah aktiviti ‘instinct’ penggemar rumput ataupun lanskap. Lebih dari membaja atau memotong. Mungkin kerana ia paling mudah atau paling murah atau kerana kita juga boleh merasa dahaga kita boleh empati dengan rumput yang kekurangan air.

Watering is an instinctive activity for most grass or landscape owners; especially in the Malaysian context, 2,500mm of rain notwithstanding. Whether a 200 acre golf course or postage stamp lawn, we water our lawns regularly. Two days of no rain and we would be watering our grass even if looks like it will rain later in the day.

I am arguing that the timing and schedule of watering needs to be examined.

  1. Lets not water late in the evening. Watering in the evening causes the water to left in the soil when the weather is cool and in Malaysia; humid. Damp and wet soil conditions too often can lead to diseases and algae. Plus, we are watering AFTER the grass have dehydrated! Water in the morning so that there will be water in the soil for the grass when the sun is heating up.
  2. Don’t water every 24 hours or any other regular schedule. Water deeply and irregularly. Keep in tune with the water needs of the grass, don’t stress them too much but don’t water them too easily too; we want the grass to have deep roots.
  3. There is another method called ‘syringing’ especially for grass that is cut at a low cutting height. Its about ‘wetting’ the grass when the sun is at its hottest. Don’t worry about what you read that the sun will turn the water droplets into magnifying glass type of concave lens and focus the ray onto the leaf; the water will evaporate before any major damage is done.

Kebanyakkan kita menyiram rumput, terutama nya masa baru tanam. Ini bagus. Tetapi pada pandangan saya, kebanyakkan orang terlalu banyak siram dan ‘timing’ siram juga salah. Saya mempunyai beberapa pendapat.

  1. Siram di waktu pagi. Dengan cara ini air akan ada di dalam tanah bila tiba tengahari dan matahari terik. Menyiram di waktu petang pada hari panas ibarat memberi air kepada orang yang dah nak mati kehausan. Menyiram di waktu petang juga mengakibatkan tanah basah di waktu malam yang akan menggalakkan penyakit dan lumut.
  2. Siram ikut keperluan. Bila siram, siram banyak (supaya air masuk jauh ke bawah) dan jangan siram ikut jadual. Menyiram ikut jadual menyebabkan kita siram waktu air masih ada dalam tanah dan ini 1. membazir dan 2. memanjakan rumput. Rumput tidak belajar untuk mencari air. Check tanah, dengan cara memijak ataupun mengorek sedikit dengan jari untuk tengok basah atau tidak.
  3. ‘Syringe’. Kadang kadang, matahari terlalu terik dan kita kesian kat rumput yang layu. Cahaya matahari juga boleh membakar pasir topdressing kita dan mematikan akar rerambut (root hair) di permukaan atas tanah. Apa yang saya cadangkan – terutamanya rumput yang di potong pendek dan kawasan terdedah – ialah menyejukkan rumput dengan siraman lima minit ataupun dua pusingan penuh sprinkler pada waktu tengahari dan awal petang. Jangan takut pada teori bahawa air akan bertindak sebagai kanta untuk cahaya matahari membakar daun; kalau ia dah panas macam tu, air itu akan melowap.

Jika rumput anda telah kuning akibat kurang siram; kemungkinan besar ia tidak mati, hanya menjadi dorman. Teruskan siram supaya ia tidak mati terus. Bila cuaca dah sesuai, insya Allah ia akan baik semula.

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A friend in need…

Posted by mynormas on February 4, 2014

Managing a golf club is difficult and expensive. Maintaining a golf course or field is challenging. I’ve been there, done that and would like to share my experiences: hence this website, a couple of books that I’m working on and a consultancy.

Its a pity some clubs practice the saying “a consultant is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame” to the extreme, because though my charges are considered expensive by Malaysian standards, getting it wrong is an even more expensive and embarrassing.  And boy, have I seen some major lessons.

From bad choice of grass (I wouldn’t call it ‘wrong grass’, just ‘bad choice’) to expensive selection of machinery to dead grass, I’ve seen them all.

I don’t do cheap and I rarely give discounts. What I do give, is free service. Yes.  Free. But only one time. Not even transport cost if you are in the Klang Valley or in the general area of where I will be if outside the Klang Valley. One day or one inspection round (I don’t play  during work).

Some days what you or your people need is just a second opinion, or even a third one when there is conflict. I can do that.

Why am I making this offer? Well, a friend faced a major problem today and we communicated. I could feel the relief he felt being able to discuss with someone sincere and

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not trying to sell him anything.  Did I solve his problem? He did it himself, I just facilitated his reasoning with stuff that he already has in his store.

What’s in it for me? It felt good. It felt good because I helped a friend. It felt good because I had a hand in making one golf course better. It felt good because I learnt a new thing or two.

So go ahead. Give me a call. Or email me. Or if you are embarrassed, get a temporary Yahoo or Gmail email under a fake name and write a question on this website so others can benefit or even contribute. If you email me under a fake name, I may take my time to reply and chances are, I will put it up on this website anyway.

My email for Q&A is mynormasATconsultant.com (replacing the AT with @) and my Malaysian office number is o3 5131 oo66. Do let it ring, we do a lot of field work and the call will be transferred to a mobile phone if no one picks up.

Oh… if you have any special requests for a topic to discuss or write about (because you want to show it to someone) that can work too. Maybe. It depends on the relevance and my time.

So good luck and Happy New Year!

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Buying a machine

Posted by mynormas on January 27, 2014

This article is not about “what machine to buy”; but about “why you should consider buying a tractor instead of a golf course machine”. In the context of Malaysia; there is just not enough of good mechanics for golf courses especially for golf courses that are further away from KL or major cities where suppliers will have their support teams. And lets face it, most suppliers are pretty stretched in trying to meet demands of after-sales support too.

So why don’t golf courses that don’t have good mechanics and cannot depend on suppliers back-up consider buying tractor mounted mowers to mow their roughs? Or even fairways?

Good fairway from a cheap tractor

Good fairway from a cheap tractor

I know you will give the answer: a five-gang mower will give a better quality of cut than a tractor mounted/towed reel mower, let alone rotary mower. Really? Maybe in the beginning. MAY. BE.

I’m sure you will agree that a tractor mounted or towed rotary mower that’s  out in the field working will give you a better quality rough or fairway than a five-gang mower in the workshop. Never mind the cost of repairs. Never mind the cost of back-lapping or grinding the reels. Never mind the cost of bedknives.

I’ve seen a golf course that don’t know how to set the height on their reel mowers buy a rough mower that sat in the workshop more than it works in the field. And that machine, that only a good golf course mechanic can repair, costs ten times more than a mini-tractor that their current mechanic, or the mechanic at the oil palm plantation next door, or the mechanic at the nearest heavy machinery workshop in town can handle.

The lovegrass just springs back up behind the mower. But notice that the leaves are quite nice.

The lovegrass just springs back up behind the mower.

I’ve seen a golf course that’s infested with lovegrass (Chrysopogon aciculatus) trying to solve the problem with 11-bladed reels on their fairway mower! No kidding! I was there the day the delivery was made. The delivery guy shrugged and said “that’s what they ordered” when I pointed at the box and looked at him wide-eyed. Months later they asked me how to solve the lovegrass problem: I said, “rotary mowers pulled by mini tractors!” They bought two China-made mini tractors with rotary mowers (they call them slashers) for half the cost of a single five-gang mower, and their fairways looked so much better.

Lets keep this short and to the point. For Malaysian golf courses, football fields, local councils or anyone else that don’t have a good (experienced, trained, qualified) mechanic buy tractors or mini tractors  with rotary mowers or slashers or mowas or even reel mowers. You will find them cheaper by a whole lot. Cheaper to buy and cheaper to maintain. Heck, you can even find reliable second-hand tractors good enough! Only problem with that is you may end up with a few brands or models of tractors on your field.

A word of advice; buy four-wheel drive tractors even if your field is flat. It gives better traction when the field is wet without damaging your grass.

The best thing about a tractor is; you can use it for many other things with the right implements; that tractor can help you with transport, spraying, aeration etc. No. That is not the best thing. The best thing is that it is cheap. Much cheap. More-than-half-the-price kinda cheap.

You will find a lot more people to help you maintain it; especially if you are not near KL or other major cities. Especially compared to a purpose-built, single-use five-gang mower.

To my friends who sell golf course machinery; this is about the client. Not your machine, not your brand.

Among the many possible uses of a tractor.

Among the many possible uses of a tractor.

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Drainage

Posted by mynormas on January 20, 2014

It is said that there are three important things on a golf course and they are: drainage, drainage and drainage.

In a talk to club managers in an MGA event, I tried to explain the issue especially the part about helping water to get to the drains: the dethatching, the scarifying and especially the aeration part.

Saliran adalah isu penting untuk padang golf, dan sebarang kawasan yang ditanam dengan rumput hiasan. Seorang pemain golf terkenal yang kini menjadi seorang pereka padang golf pernah berkata; “Ada tiga perkara yang paling penting untuk sebuah padang golf, saliran, saliran dan saliran”. Di sini saya cuba untuk menekan kan bahawa ianya bukan sahaja tentang parit dan salir air, tetapi ia juga tentang bagaimana air boleh tembus atau masuk ke dalam tanah. Contohnya melalui proses ‘Pengudaraan‘ ataupun ‘slicing’

Slicing will help with aeration and water penetration.

Slicing will help with aeration and water penetration.

 

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