Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Golf Pro that can Mow!

Director of Golf Jeff Hunter proves to the maintenance staff that he knows how to mow a straight line on the chipping green.

Well Work on #6 South

We are currently trying to get all of our wells operational. Today a Alderan Company has been contracted to replace some components on the power  line pole which feeds out #6 Well.

Course Update

North Course: We return to normal play today. The greens were double cut and rolled for the second day in a row in order get them rolling quicker. In addition, we changed out the rollers on the front of the mowers from a smooth roller to a grooved roller. This allows for a more aggressive cut. We almost doubled our clippings from yesterday. See picture below:

South Course: The greens were sprayed today with mixture containing several different products. These include a light preventative fungicide, wetting agent, light fertilizer, and micronutrients. We will maintain a consistent spray program on both courses. All chemical applications are made very carefully, following all label instructions, applied by trained personell, and with highly calibrated equipment. We finished edging the bunkers yesterday. This is a time consuming task that requires more labor than you might think. We break this process into four steps.

1. Sand around bunker edges is pulled back - 2 men
2. String trimmers are used to trim any grass and re-create sharp bunker edges - 2 men
3. A blower is used to remove any plant material from the bunker - 1 man
4. A mechanical rake is used to smooth out the bunker and return to normal playing conditions. - 1 man

Thank you for your patience when we are edging bunkers. This process takes place every 2 to 3 weeks depending on conditions.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daily Update

North Course - SWGA event starts today. The greens are healthy with the overseed still doing well. We are trying to keep the grass healthy so that it can survive the high temperatures. Unfortuantely, this results in lush thick greens that are rolling slower than normal. We have continued to double cut and roll the greens however overall speeds are down. We will be trying a combination of vertical mowing (verticutting) and growth regulators to help speed them up very soon.

South Course - The greens were lightly topdressed and fertilized today. This should help get the grass growing so that we can move into summer maintenance practices. Greens 1,2,3, and 15 were lightly aerated on Thursday of last week. This process is absolutely critical in order to maintain healthy turf. The picture shows the high amount of organic matter near the surface of #1 green. The small holes will help remove this matter and provide oxygen to the roots. We will continue this practice on all the greens over the next couple of weeks. In addition, we have been edging all of the bunkers on the course. This work should be completed later today.