Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nothing "bugs" us at Briar Ridge

The insects may be out in full force, but the scenic nature of golf is second to none. There is no better place to slow the pace of life down and enjoy beauty for a moment, than the golf course. In the thirteen seasons I have been on Briar, there continues to be a scene I have never seen before. The shot of the sun below doesn't do the reality justice. The sun was a giant ball of red, fantastic, and glowing. The course was still and silent, the crack of the ball being struck filled my ears, the sound of the ball soaring through the wind faded and again it was silent. Take time to play nine in the evening, or even five, you won't regret it.
If you do venture out in the evening, don't forget the bug spray! But please apply repellents on the cart path or at the clubhouse prior to going out. The aerosol kills turf, the photo below shows someone who applied insect repellant to their legs while standing in a fairway.
Other things that "bug" us lately is not an insect, but a familiar fungus. Dollar spot continues to be our biggest turf pest. Luckily, we were able to make a fungicide application to the fairways again yesterday. This weather is McDonalds to the dollar spot fungus, it is "lovin it!"
Wow, it's only July and I'm punchy already,

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