Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Course Update 4/27

I apologize for the lapse in updates. My work computer recently died. Our IT department is working hard to save as many files as possible, but it doesn't look good at this point.

We are still under Stage 1 Drought Restrictions, and expected to enter Stage 2 in the next week or two. We are working hard to keep both courses alive and well during this dry stretch through careful irrigation practices. In addition, we are working to get more of our wells operational.

North Greens: Overall the greens on the North are doing very well. The overseed is still hanging on and a lot of Champion can be seen coming through. Greens speeds have improved over the last couple of weeks. We are still trying to keep them healthy so that we can survive until the project starts on June 13. Tomorrow will mark the third consecutive week of Primo applications. Primo is a growth regulator that is helping to keep green speeds consistent without causing additional stress.

South Greens: The greens on the South have really started to actively grow in the last couple of weeks. Currently they are thick and healthy - which results in slower putting speeds. This has been our goal since early spring. We must first get the greens strong before we can begin to push our more aggressive summer maintenance practices. The South will be closed after 12:00 today so that we can lightly aerate the greens. These small holes will open the surface and provide a variety of benefits. These include: more oxygen for the roots, better water infiltration, reduced thatch, reduced compaction, and softer more receptive greens. In addition, we will roll the greens immediately after - this will help smooth out some of the rough areas from last years sod. These holes will be visible for the next 7 to 10 days, however we expect putting quality to return to normal in no time. Once this aeration is complete, we will quickly move into more aggressive maintenance practices which will improve overall putting quality while maintaining plant health.

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