Saturday, July 17, 2010

Reading dew patterns

High heat and stress continue for our turf here at Briar.  It does not appear that we will get any relief until August.  Cart traffic will continue to stress the turf, but you can help minimize the damage done by carts.  By driving 90 degrees out to your ball, and then back to the path we can reduce cart traffic by as much as 75 percent.  Many people drive right down the middle of the fairway to their next shot, or to their partners ball.  Even though this is very convenient, it does not promote quality playing conditions.  I like the exercise portion of golf, I will often take a few clubs and leave the cart somewhere in between my ball and my partners, thus allieviating some stress and getting some exercise.  
In the photo above, the dew patterns tell a traffic abuse tale.  Lack of dew in areas is a sign of stress, in the photo we can see that many players continue around this corner instead of going to the path.  It is not uncommon for us to go cart path only in extreame heat, especially on certain holes.  Please help us to continue to reduce cart restrictions by being mindful of the stress that carts produce.  Please pass this information along to your playing partners who may not be so tech savvy.  
Together we can continue to enjoy some quality golf conditions.
Hot and sweaty,

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

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