Saturday, July 5, 2014

golf course update 7/3/14

It has been a long 2 weeks since my last post.  The rain seems to come just as we get everything back in shape then we have to start all over again.  At least it held off enough for us to prep for the Mens Invitational.  The staff put in some extra hours last week making sure that the course was in great shape for everyone.

  The rough is certainly rough, I am normally only mowing roughs around 1 time a week at this time of the season. This year I have not stopped mowing other then rain days.  The equipment is getting a lot of extra wear and use this year.  We have been going through on average 150 gallons of diesel a week just to keep up.  Every day we loose to weather really backs everything up.  This week were were able to get around 2 times but it is still hard to tell.  July is usually a time of the year that we can start to work on a small project but this year is looking like we will need another week to just catch up with the mowing work before we can start anything.  Just need more time in a day to get everything done that we want too.  On a good note the greens are in really nice shape.  The rains that we have had set me back a little on the topdressing application but we did manage to topdressed and needle tine all the greens this week.  We will plan on topdressing the greens as well as the approaches on Tuesday this upcoming week.  I would like weather permitting to topdress the greens lightly weekly for the entire month of July.  The warm humid weather is good for the turf but leads to the development of dollar spot disease. I have seen more dollar spot this year then in the past.

Hopefully weather will be on our side the next few weeks so we can actually do a few extras on the golf course.  It has been extremely hard having most of the staff repairing bunkers almost daily over the last few weeks

I hope that you enjoy the golf course this weekend and have a safe and happy 4th of july

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