Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So, here is the deal, heavy clay soils on 19 fairways, they never seem wet enough for cart paths only, because the thatch absorbs the water like a sponge. The clay beneath, when wet is extremely susceptible to compaction when wet. The more compaction, the less air space and the less roots will go into the soil. The less the roots go into the soil, the more they grow in the thatch. You can see from the photo, the thatch in the fairways. Thatch is very good at absorbing energy from the ball. You will see us beginning our fairway topdressing practice again in the coming weeks as we battle this evil monster!
In extreme weather, thatch that dries, dies.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Time to grab the sticks and play for seven straight days.
The course received a good soaking yesterday. We would like to see the tops of the greens dry down, and they should the next few days. Some of the puffy turf in the fairways is starting to behave better. They respond to humidity much like my hair! So, now that the humidity has dropped, we are having good fairway days! We will be aerifying soon, so get out and enjoy! Some areas are continuing to thin, as they have run out of reserves from a tough summer. We are seeding areas in the rough that died from pythium.
We see a light,
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Overnight rains made some things soft, brought down a willow tree, and made bunkers icky. The rain was not enough to put us on the path though. We will get the tournament resumed ASAP on the white this am. We do not see much in the way of markers out here, so, hopefully most groups are between holes.
We have lost most of our summer help to school.
Animals are starting to dig were they think they can find grubs.
Is it September yet?
Friday, August 19, 2011
Step it down really well,
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
We are riding greens today, will roll them tomorrow and probably won't have the walkers back on them until Thursday or Friday, depending on the weather. The topdressing was slightly heavier than our normal in-season light rate. We went a little heavier since the weather has prevented us from our regular schedule. The fertilizer should help us grow out of it soon. I will post a photo of greens after their mowing today on our Facebook site.
Oh yeah, and we fixed a big leak,
Saturday, August 13, 2011
We call it August syndrome, which is different from Augusta syndrome, although equally maddening and frustrating.
August syndrome typically can be observed in mid August in most golf industry professionals, and is the result of mental and physical fatigue. It can be caused by attempting to cram a whole years worth of recreation for members and guests into a 12 week period. It cumulates with the frantic drive, every day, to your worst green to see how much has died overnight. I am getting better though, not once this year did I sleep in my office to make sure the irrigation system ran, or simply to be here in case number one red needed me in the middle of the night. I get a little better each year.
This is definitely no time to turn you back, much of the turf has depleted all of it's carbohydrate reserves. All of it's energy is gone. We witness plants that appear to have adequate soil moisture wilting because of dysfunctional roots (and I thought I was the only one, sorry mom ( she reads this once in a while)).
Yea, the roots have simply quit working, so the plant must create new fragile roots at the surface, and now watering regimes must be changed to accommodate this. We get used to watering deep and looking at healthy grass and then it all goes bye bye. This is the cycle we manage, and we hope the heat and summer doesn't outlast our plants and reserves. Makes me wonder why I do it year after year.
A sucker for punishment,
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Hanging in there,
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
We received over an inch of rain last night, and we are soaked. We will be on the cart paths today, and we are waiting for water to infiltrate before mowing greens. We don't anticipate a delay, and if there is, it is only a short one.
If you happen to be from CBS, and reading this, the PGA Tour has more players and talent than just Tiger. Feel free to televise some exciting aspects of the great game, and keep the soap opera antics to weekday TV.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The tiny bit of rain is almost gone, we are still struggling through! We have begun to seed some of the areas in the rough that died in the heat. We are also seeding areas in fairways that are adjacent to trees and paths. Crabgrass has had a field day in areas that are able to heat up excessively, bunker edges, paths, bare areas on the range. These areas have been treated.
The damage in the photo is from last night, if you own a private cart and someone was out fishing, well......you may want to go get some more Coors light before the weekend, I think your supply may have been diminished.
Just a hunch,
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Cooler temps are here, time to tee it up!!! With Fall around the corner, we have to take advantage of this weather.
We received a measly .3" rain overnight, we could have used an inch. I will take it though,