Clean greens par for course
LEAVING their PlayStations and computer games at home, six school kids have taken to the outdoors to spend time helping the Warwick Golf Club.
Under the watchful eye of trainee professional Phil Covill, the young group helped the club with its greens renovations, by collecting dead sticks and branches before the work was undertaken.
Despite the hot midday sun, the group collected more than four trailer loads of sticks and branches when they stopped for a drink and a chat to the Daily News this week.
"The kids have been great - a lot of them have parents who play and they play golf themselves," Mr Covill said. "While most kids are roaming the streets or inside, these guys are helping out, making the course a better one."
The greens at the club are renovated each year through a number of ways.
One of the stages, Mr Covill explained, was "almost like a visit to the hairdresser".
"Just like people go to get their hair thinned, that's what we do to the greens," he said.
"We use a machine that works like the wheel from the back of a paddle steamer except with the spikes.
"Those spikes remove part of the green growth to help it repair and flourish."
Mr Covill said those types of renovations were always done at this time of year when the grass grows the quickest.
The club has two full-time ground staff, but Mr Covill said the work of volunteers was always vital to help get the jobs done.
One of the volunteers, Julia Murphy said it was nice to spend her holidays outside.
"I've been playing golf for about 12 months so it's nice to help out to make the course better," she said.
"We've done about 12 holes so far."
Fellow golfer Jay Roberts said he was looking forward to a lunch at Red Rooster, followed by a swim to cool down. "After that I just want to have a hit of golf," he said.
People can join the Warwick Golf Club by phoning 46613664.