Sunday, July 19, 2015

Update 7/19

What a week, 2.65 inches of rain has left the course very wet but overall pretty happy that we managed to fare fairly well considering. The last 2 days the course has been under considerable disease pressure due to the excess moisture, high humidity and heat.  We are by no means out of the woods but there is very little disease to report this morning.  The cooler nights in the forecast will help reduce the disease pressure. The bunkers are washed out again for the second time of the week.  I was able to put all the greens bunkers back together yesterday morning but the fairway bunkers need a lot of work, we will complete all the bunkers tomorrow.  I also decided mow a few fairways this morning due to the fact that we were not able to mow our normal schedule this week. hopefully, this week we will get the course back to our normal conditions we all appreciate.

This is the time of the year our poa trivialis in the fairways is under considerable stress. This is not
the same as poa annua that we all have been hearing about, but a species that thrives under cool moist conditions and goes dormant or dies in high temperature conditions. Poa Trivialis is used to overseed in the south dies in the summer heat just as the bermuda starts to thrive.  We have been pretty lucky over the last few with the mild summers.  This weekend surely has put some stress on the poa.




I have had a few discussions over this week regarding keeping carts on the paths after heavy rains. Hawks Landing does drain very well and I do everything possible to keep the water moving off the surface.  But, after inches upon inches of rain there is no where for the water to drain as the soil reaches field capacity.  There are many areas that are firm and there is no problem but there are many areas on the course that pose dangerous slippy conditions and excess damage or wear to the turf.  As you can tell in the photo this is the exact issue I am trying to avoid.




Neil

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Update 6/25/15

Another .4 inches this morning seems like every time we have the course firming up it rains again.  I will say that the course is in fine shape we have been double cutting and rolling the greens daily to help maintain consistent putting green speeds and firmness of the surface.  We plan on rolling the greens again tonight after the par 3 challenge for the start of the men's invitational.  Our greens staff has been really working hard to prepare the golf course for this event.

 We have an excellent staff this year,  I am sure you have also noticed the attention to detail by the quality of the golf course. This week these guys have been walking a lot.  Double cutting greens then turning around to hand mow tees or rake bunkers, is only about 15 miles.  There are a few guys who have been doing this each day this week.   They take a lot of pride in preparing the course daily for you and your guests. Feel free to shoot them a thanks, while you are playing it is greatly appreciated by all, they always have a smile when they tell me someone said the golf course is in good shape.


With all the extra mowing and rolling it is time we give the greens a little break and think about plant health, we will be needle tining,(see photo, tine is smaller than a pen)
verticutting and topdressing the front nine greens, Monday and then will complete the back nine greens on Tuesday next week.   This will allow much needed oxygen into the soil profile.





I hope that you and your guest enjoy our invitational and good luck.

Neil

Monday, June 22, 2015

Update 6/22

Our preparations for the men's invitational this weekend came to a halt this morning with the rain moving in but we are in a good place with the course right now.  As always these heavy rain events tend to lead to bunker washouts which will need to be addressed but if the forecast is correct the rest of the week looks great. I hope that we have a good turnout I know there are a few spots left to fill we certainly would love to have more in the invite.

As far as the state of the golf course, the course is really in great shape this year.  I am sure that you have noticed that the fescue is stunning right now.  All of our hard work is starting to pay off.  There are a few areas that do have some weeds and we are basically hand spraying these out.  Outside the cart path we still have some work to do and plan on additional spray application in the fall.

All the summer help is now working full time.  I am able to accomplish a lot of detail work now that we have the additional weekday staff.  Sprinkler heads will all be cleaned and remarked by next week.  We are also working on edging the bunkers on the course.  We have completed all greenside bunkers and will start working on the fairway bunkers next week.

Monday and tuesday  next week we will solid tine all the greens along with a nice application of topdressing sand.  I will also start to solid tine a few areas in the fairways next week.  Planning ahead for the hot weather is important to the health of the turf.  I have greatly reduced our irrigation this year when its not raining.  There are some areas that have been wilting rather quickly getting a few holes in these areas will allow for much improved air and water into the soil profile.

One thing that has come up this year is our rough is difficult and thick.  With the addition to our new rough mower we have actually been mowing the rough much lower in all areas.  Around the greens and tees even more so.  The new machine has almost 2 times the power of our small mowers which allows for a much truer upright cut with much less excess clippings left over.  We also have been mowing the rough at least twice a week in many areas the quality of the rough has improved dramatically even at a much lower height of cut.

This weekend we also treat our big oak in front of 11 green with an IV injection of fertilizer. I have noticed a decline in the health of the tree this year and we continue to monitor the health this year.  I do not think it is dire yet but the tree is very old and will need some attention and pruning to prolong its life.


I hope that everyone is enjoying the golf course this year and look forward to seeing you soon.

Neil

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Oil leak

Yesterday while topdressing greens our cart had an oil leak that caused some damage to 17 and 1 greens. We caught the problem after completion of 1 green. The rain helped somewhat in keeping the turf cool but we will need to core aerate using very small tines down each pass of the leak. This should help by removing some of the damaged turf while helping speed recovery. We also have a planned fertilizer application that will also help. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Update

Another rain day but actually today's rain started right after we completed brooming the topdressing application in on all the greens,  with the holiday yesterday this is putting a big damper on our work schedule this week but at least there is something to be happy about.  We have been so busy over the last few weeks it has been hard to even take a break.  The staff is really starting to work well together now.  We are trying to get into a routine in regards to maintenance of the golf course.  last week the course was in great shape, we received around 1.5 inches over the last few days along with finally a few warm nights this really encourage a lot of turf growth.

Overall, I am very happy with the golf course to this point of the season.  The one problem that I have been battling this year is moss on the putting green and a few spots on the rest of the greens. The mild weather this spring and last fall has only encouraged the moss to get more or less an upper hand.  Our putting greens favor much warmer weather and tend to be slow growing until we have consistent soil temperatures.  I really do not like to apply too much fertilizer in the spring this only will lead to excessive growth once the soil temperatures moderate. Moss is an interesting weed and thrives under low fertility and low mowing heights both conditions we have.  Here is a link for some good information about moss in putting greens.

http://www.fmcprosolutions.com/portals/pest/content/docs/bmp/pest_pdf_qsmoss.pdf


I have been treating the greens with a herbicides called quicksilver to help slow the growth of the moss, hopefully this will give the bentgrass a chance to fill in these spots. There have been 2 applications applied so far this spring, The weather this year sure hasn't been a help to encourage the bentgrass growth to fill in the spots but we will continue to do treat as needed.

On the positive note our fescue program is finally starting to pay off,  We have some impressive areas on the course. You may have noticed some areas that looked to be dead or dying in certain fescue areas around the course.  We are using a selective herbicide to remove the undesirable grasses,  There are some areas we will be seeding over the next few weeks.  You can see in the photo to the right that the fescue is not harmed but any other grasses are dead or dying right now.

I also reseeded along 6 and 7 fairway in the areas that we treated with a herbicides last fall to remove the bentgrass from the rough.  This worked pretty well, almost too good, once again the mild weather hasn't been very ideal for these areas to fill in very well.  There is germination of the kentucky bluegrass and over the next few weeks these areas will fill in.




We are making very good progress this year, I certainly hope that all of you have enjoyed many good rounds and I look forward to seeing you on the course very soon.

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