We are seeing a really nice amount of seed germinating in our roughs, and we have applied late season fertilizer to really push our greens and roughs to grow as late into the fall as possible. All of the zoysia tees and fairways are well on their way to dormancy and will not resume growth until next spring. To protect the practice tees from excessive wear while the grass cannot recover, the driving range will remain on the mats until the zoysia resumes growth in the spring.
Carts will be allowed off path through the winter months unless we see too much wear and tear, at which time we may spend some time on path only. We will be putting up some directional signage in fairways to limit cart traffic in “high traffic areas”. If you see an area that is showing signs of extensive wear from cart traffic, I’d ask that you do your best to avoid these areas, as it will improve turf health as we break dormancy in the spring.
Our putting greens have healed nicely from our aerification processes and they will continue to get smoother and firmer as we move through October. The rough over-seeding has also been going well. The seeding of our primary rough is nearly complete and we will be moving out into the secondary rough/naturalized areas soon. It’s important to keep traffic as limited as possible on the new seedlings so please do your part by following directional signs/rope/stakes and keep carts in fairways while playing each hole. With overnight lows dipping into the low 40’s our zoysia grass growth has begun slowing down and is at the beginning stages of entering winter dormancy. The driving range tee will go to mats only this month to prevent excessive wear as the grass goes dormant.
The course held up well through the hot and humid weather that the latter half of August brought. The bulk of the sod work needed in our fairways was wrapped up this month, but there are still a few small areas we will be addressing going forward. Zoysia areas on holes 12/15/17 that we removed sod from to fix higher profile areas on other holes will be graded and seeded with fescue in the coming weeks. We will be adding soil in areas of the rough that are washed out and then seeding all of our roughs. As the seeded areas germinate, we will be putting up rope and stake in highly trafficked areas to keep cart traffic off of the young grass plants. Please keep carts in the fairways as much as possible and try to avoid thin areas in the roughs as you enter/exit the fairways.
We will be core aerifying the new putting greens on September 8th and 9th. I realize aeration is an ugly word for golfers because it means the greens will be sandy and bumpy for a period of time. It’s important to note that aeration is an integral part of the long-term health and quality of putting greens and I appreciate everyone’s patience as the greens heal from that process. We will be applying extra fertilizer, sand, and water to encourage them to heal as quickly as possible, and we will have them firm and rolling well again in a short time!
The course is in a good position as we enter July. All tees/fairways/roughs have received their summer fertilizer/grub control applications and are ready for the heat that is sure to come over the next couple of months. The new putting greens performed well with the above average temperatures in June and I expect them to continue this trend throughout the summer. A couple of the Alvamar greens got a little too dry due to irrigation issues but those issues have been resolved, and I anticipate the greens to recover well. Areas that don’t recover will be repaired with sod as needed. We’ve sodded numerous thin areas in fairways (holes 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18) and will continue this process going forward. The settled irrigation trenches in fairways will also be sodded soon (holes 4, 6, 10).
Summer months can be very stressful on our turfgrass, and cart traffic can exacerbate the stress on the grass. Please do your part to avoid areas that receive high amounts of traffic and follow directional signs/ropes/stakes/etc. I’d also like to remind everyone to please repair your ballmarks on the greens. This simple task really helps us to produce great putting greens.
We have gained significant ground on getting the golf course grown in and more playable throughout this spring. I’m hopeful we will continue to catch timely rainfall throughout the summer and will be in good shape headed into fall with an extensive over-seeding of the roughs planned. Throughout June, we will continue to sod areas in fairways and tees that need it. The summer months can be very stressful on our turfgrass and cart traffic can exacerbate the stress on the grass. Please do your part to avoid areas that receive high amounts of traffic and follow directional signs/ropes/stakes/etc.
I want to remind everyone that using the golf course for non-golf activities (walking dogs/jogging/cycling) is not permitted. I appreciate everyone’s understanding that it is a potential hazard for non-golfers to be scattered throughout the property while golf is being played. I’d also like to remind everyone to please repair your ballmarks on the greens. This simple task really helps us to produce great putting greens.
As we enter the month of May, here are some items the Golf Course Maintenance team has in store:
- Mowing frequencies will continue to increase.
- Light/frequent sand topdressing on greens will continue.
- Our zoysia tees and fairways will be fertilized now that they are actively growing.
- We will continue to sod the bare spots in fairways as weather and staffing levels allow.
- Sand topdressing of divots and seams in fairways and tees will continue.
I want to remind everyone that using the golf course for non-golf activities (walking dogs/jogging/cycling) is not permitted. I appreciate everyone’s understanding that it is a potential hazard for non-golfers to be scattered throughout the property while golf is being played. I’d also like to remind everyone to please repair your ballmarks on the greens, this simple task really helps us to produce great putting greens.
The golf course is coming out of winter dormancy nicely. All of our pre-emergent herbicides have been applied, and we’ve applied fertilizer to greens and roughs to give them a kick start. Our tees and fairways are starting to green up and will be ready for their first mowing of the season in the coming weeks. We are currently operating with minimal staffing and taking numerous other precautionary measures to limit the potential for COVID-19 transmission risk. I want to remind everyone that using the golf course for non-golf activities (walking dogs/jogging/cycling) is not permitted. I appreciate everyone’s understanding that it is a potential hazard for non-golfers to be scattered throughout the property while golf is being played.
As we roll into the month of March, one of the first pieces of equipment that golfers will consistently see is our greens roller. The freezing and thawing of the putting greens throughout the winter can cause some slight heaving and unevenness on the putting surfaces. We roll the greens numerous times before our first mowing to ensure the greens are smooth and that there will be no damage caused by the mower. With all of our equipment serviced/sharpened, early season fertilizer/pesticides ordered, and staff recruitment underway, we are in a good position heading into the growing season!
January brought cold and wet weather and kept us off the course for most of the month. We have spent much of our time giving the maintenance building a deep cleaning inside and out. We’ve also been servicing our fleet of mowers and utility carts by performing oil changes, sharpening cutting units, and giving the equipment a thorough cleaning. The best news of the month is that our irrigation pond is now merely inches from being completely full!
Unseasonably warm and dry conditions returned for the latter half of December. The warm/dry weather is great for golf rounds, but it is stressful for some of our turf. The irrigation system has been drained, but may need to be recharged in order to irrigate dry areas if we don’t receive any substantial precipitation in the near future. The warm weather has allowed us to mow the putting greens a few times, so hopefully any late year rounds you’ve been able to get in have been enjoyable! Happy holidays and I hope to see you out there!