Friday, August 10, 2018

A Matter of Course: Cart Path Additions & Guidelines

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

Recently, the Grounds Crew repaired all potholes and repainted all the yardages found on the cart paths. In addition to repainting the yardages, we have added a 150 and 200 yardage to the #17 cart path. These yardages were painted for all the slicers (or hookers for you lefties) from #16’s tee, that happen to find yourselves hitting their second shot in #17’s fairway.  By having these yardages, this will help speed up play and give a better representation of yards to the center of the #16 green. Notice in the picture below, that the numbers face the direction of play; so not to be confused with a distance indication for #17.

Speaking of cart paths, now that rain has become more frequent, the low areas adjacent to the carts paths have become very soft.  Please avoid merging on and off the path around any areas that are muddy or wet; otherwise, damage will occur, similar to what is pictured below.  Also, when on the cart path, always drive in the middle with four tires on it at all times.

Lastly, when playing your next shot or putting on the green, please keep your cigars and drinks in your cart.  Pictured below, are examples of how a spilled alcoholic drink (left) and a cigar burn (right) can kill bentgrass.

All cooperation is appreciated. Thanks!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Perfect Season of PGA Jr League Play for GBCC!

GBCC defeated Oneida and Thornberry Creek on July 23rd to cap off a perfect season! 

Four GBCC Juniors will now be on the Green Bay All-Star team which plays on Sunday, August 19th at Mascoutin in Berlin, WI to try and advance to the WI Finals at University Ridge on August 26th.

Congrats to Team GBCC! In the four year history of PGA Junior League play, GBCC  now has three undefeated seasons!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Grace Durkin Dominates WPGA Jr Tour

Grace Durkin, a golfer in our Youth Golf Academy program, has had a fun week playing in WPGA Jr Tour events.

On Monday, Grace shot an 86 to win the 12-13 year old division and finish 2nd overall in an event at Brown County Golf Course. Last week, Grace finished 2nd at Rolling Meadows in Fond du lac with a score of 89 and lost only in a playoff for first. Grace also recorded 2nd place finishes at Grand View and Horseshoe Bay GC in WPGA events in the past 2 weeks. 

Grace won the WPGA Futures Tour event on July 24th at Thornberry Creek shooting a 42. She is tied for 7th in Player of the Year points for the Futures Tour. 

Congratulations Grace on an outstanding couple of weeks of tournament play! 

Hole in One!

Congratulations Tom Laatsch! Tom hit a hole in one on July 19th at Hole 8, from 127 yards, using a hybrid. 

Way to go!

Check out a flyover of #8 below:

Friday, July 20, 2018

A Matter of Course: The Sink Hole at the Intersection of #6 & #7

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

Many of you have driven past the sink hole (pictured below), located at the intersection at #6 tee and #7, wondering where it came from.

Upon further investigation the Grounds Department discovered that it was caused by a clogged drain line, on the west side of the cart path. The clog started with the adjacent cottonwood roots penetrating and growing inside the pipe (pictured below).  

From there, the water would slowly drain through the root mass leaving behind silt and minerals causing hard deposits inside the pipes (seen below). 

Once flow was completely halted from continuous deposits, the water had no choice but to back up and push through the ground, causing the sink hole.  This past week, the Grounds Crew replaced approximately 100 ft. of drainage pipe to rectify the clogged drain line.

Now, all neighboring drain lines will be ready to drain for our next heavy rainstorm…..whenever that will be.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hole in One!

Congratulations Jake Schmahl! Jake hit a hole in one on Friday 7-13 on Hole 8, 140 yards, using a gap wedge during the Hawk Member Guest Tournament!

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Matter of Course: Cultural Practices to Beat the Heat

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen 

The weather this past weekend was hot and humid; and is forecasted to continue all this week.  What will this long stretch of heat do to the turf………?  In general, turf goes through two different processes, photosynthesis and photorespiration.  Photosynthesis (energy production) is beneficial to the turf and its optimal production ranges from 68 °F to 77 °F.  Photorespiration occurs during hot weather (especially temperatures > 87 °F) and has a negative impact on the turf because it has trouble capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce energy.  Furthermore, when photorespiration occurs instead of photosynthesis, the plant will use stored energy instead of making new energy.  Once that stored energy is depleted, the turf will not grow (roots or shoots); which can lead to a decline in turf quality.  On a positive note, this past week the Grounds Crew performed some preventative cultural practices for turf decline.  The healthier the turf is going into the heat, the better it will survive and recover.

Verticutting and topdressing have their playability benefits providing true and firm putting surfaces; but they have turf health benefits as well.  Verticutting (seen below) not only removes thatch but it also cuts any laying down or “grainy” turf, resulting in the leaf blades standing up.  We want the leaf blades to stand up because it creates denser and healthier turf.

Light topdressing (seen below) provides protection from summer stresses by covering the turf’s crown (mainly from the sun and traffic), and promoting topical drainage (prevents the turf from burning in surface water).

Verticutting and topdressing are ongoing practices that are performed throughout the golf season, but the most important practice we completed is venting/aerifying.  Venting and aerifying are basically the same thing but the difference is in the size of the tine.  We vented the greens with a small ¼” tine (seen below) that is visibly gone after a couple days.

Venting is performed every 4-6 weeks, dependent on the weather.  This practice was necessary for four main reasons:
  • Rooting
  • Oxygen Exchange
  • Soil Temperature Cooling
  • Water Percolation

We aerified our fairways with a 5/8” tine (seen below) which may take a little longer to heal but leaves the fairways playable after one mowing.  We chose to aerify fairways for the same reasons listed above; plus we have not aerified the fairways, yet, this year.

Other practices the Grounds Crew will be doing during this hot temperature stretch:
  • Light irrigation waterings on wilted turf – overwatering will cook the turf and/or promote disease inoculation
  • Monitor frequency of mowing and rolling – not wanting to injure the turf past the point of recovery
  • Spray phosphites – fertilizer that strengthens turf and prevents diseases