Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Our staff has been "pulling hoses" for some time now. It is not uncommon for a staff member to have 150 feet of one inch hose out in the fairway. If you have ever seen one of these, you know they are not lightweight. Rated at over 200 psi burst rate, there is quite a bit of material to these hoses. Once the hose is full it carriers 73 gallons of water. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. The hose is heavy. Granted, they are only pulling sections, it is still tough, especially in the sun, when it is 90!
I want to congratulate my staff on doing a tough job and sticking with it. We are looking for a break from Mother Nature soon.
The nuts (acorns) are starting to fall, please avoid driving over them. If we smash them into the turf, we will have nuts where we once had grass. Grass is better to play off than acorns. So tempting to go on and on, but I won't.
After Labor Day we will begin aerification of tees and fairways, we limit this activity to Monday-Wednesday, then focus on clean-up an preparations for the weekend. The green aerification dates are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of September 23-25.
Don't get above the hole,
Friday, August 23, 2013
How dry are we? We are installing a fountain in seven blue and the plan was to use a vibratory plow to pull the pipe in. The ground was so hard, the plow couldn't move through the soil!
Should be a good weekend for golf before the heat and humidity arrive.
Monday, August 19, 2013
These areas are on seven blue if you would like to take a closer look.
Killing grass is fun,
Thursday, August 15, 2013
This years winner will be treated to champions lunch where you will be the guest of honor, hosted by myself, followed by 18 holes of golf. Just kidding, that sounds more like punishment for the loser!
Sign up today, you could be champ!
Today is south district team matches, no men's league and limited space for regular play. Make sure to call ahead before coming out.
31? The number of pitch marks left unrelated on one red green this am.
Please encourage your playing partners to repair pitch marks. Even balls that end up over the greens sometimes leave pitch marks.
Looks like a great weekend!!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
But really, there is two. This photo demonstrates the bentgrass in the rough. Bentgrass is a poor choice for rough, but an excellent choice for the closely mown areas. Problem is, that it escapes. We refer to this situation as bentgrass contamination of the rough.
We will be experimenting with some new chemical controls that may allow us to slowly eradicate the bentgrass while seeding bluegrass into this area. We will be evaluating the entire process in field trials in this area.
I will present the methods as they are determined.
We found that an old repair had been back filled with straight sand. While sand is a great backfill material for the purposes of settling, it created a different growing medium with a different water requirement. The result was an area where the turf would struggle when the dry weather would come. We will excavate a foot of this material and backfill with root zone mix to more closely match the rest of the fairway.
Check another task off the list,
Friday, August 2, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013