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July 1, 2020

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.  
 
-Greg

June 1, 2020

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.
 
-Greg

May 1, 2020

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.
 
-Greg

April 1, 2020

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.
 
-Greg

March 1, 2020

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!  
 
-Greg

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!
 
-Greg

January 1, 2020

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! 
 
-Greg 

 

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