February 1, 2020
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!
January 1, 2020
December 1, 2019
November 1, 2019
If you ask me what my favorite task as a Golf Course Superintendent is, I will almost always have the same answer, “dumping out the rain gauge”. This summer didn’t afford many opportunities for me to dump out the rain gauge, however, October has been a great month for this exercise. We have received just shy of 10” of rain this month and the golf courses have benefited greatly because of it. Our irrigation pond is now only 5.5’ from being completely full, and we entered the month 11.5’ below full. The driving range and practice facilities were completed this month, and I’m very happy with how they turned out. There is now adequate teeing space, and the range targets look fantastic. The areas we have seeded and sodded continue to improve with adequate moisture and mild fall temperatures, which we hope continues well into November. We will keep you posted on the playability of these areas. Please stay tuned.
October 1, 2019
September was a very productive month for the Golf Course Maintenance team. Highlights from the month include:
Zoysia sod was installed in select areas in fairways on holes 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, and 17
Greens were vertical mowed and heavy amounts of sand topdressing and fertilizer were applied
Roughs have been over-seeded and fertilized
Concrete cart paths are being added in areas where the asphalt millings were washing away
Hole signs were installed at each tee complex
As a friendly reminder of the cart rules, we ask everyone please stay on the paths around greens and tees, and drive in the fairway while playing each hole. Please keep carts on paths on all par 3’s. The zoysia fairways handle traffic much better than the fescue rough, and limiting cart traffic will be vital this fall as we are getting our roughs grown in. I would also like to remind everyone of the importance of repairing your ballmarks on greens. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
September 1, 2019
Frequent rain and cooler than average temperatures have allowed us to continue gaining ground on getting the golf course grown in through what is normally a very stressful time of the year for turf grass. During the month of September, we will continue cultural practices on greens; vertical mowing, needle tine venting, sand topdressing, brushing, and rolling the putting surfaces will all be utilized to continue making greens smoother. Our over-seeding process in our roughs will begin this month, and it will be very important to follow the cart rules to keep as much traffic off of the new seedlings as possible. We will also be installing more zoysia sod in fairways starting with the largest areas in need first (holes 10,12,13 and 17).
As a friendly reminder of the cart rules, we ask everyone to please stay on the paths around greens and tees and drive in the fairway while playing each hole. Please keep carts on paths on all par 3's. The zoysia fairways handle traffic much better than the fescue rough. Limiting cart traffic will be vital this fall, as we are getting our roughs grown in. I would also like to remind everyone of the importance of repairing your ball marks on greens. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.