THCC course superintendent Tim Watson, featured above, quickly introduced new 18 year old apprentice Tyson Hastie to the rigors of golf course maintenance with a heavy program of fairway drainage work.

Every year the improvements to the course not only get better thanks to club management and the golfing              sub-clubs who contribute both funds and  working bee volunteers. The majority of the work however is done by a dedicated ground staff including Ben Hewison and Terry Beales, performing under Tim’s direction.

Major drainage works currently in progress on the 9th fairway consist of a geo  fabric rubble drainage in a  herringbone layout that will help maintain the  excellent grass coverage on this fairway.

Tim says “We have been working towards drainage on the fairways, including spoon drains, that have led to a great grass coverage and very few wet areas even after heavy rain.”

The next planned project is a concrete pathway joining the 9th men’s tee to the ladies tee.

Regular volunteer work is carried out on the first and third Monday of each month.




Herb Muriwai

Negotiating new drainage work on the 9th fairway.



Tyson Hastie

THCC Apprentice



Ben Hewison

Ben, with Terry Beales in the back round