Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer/Spring Grounds Update

This past spring, the average low temperature for the months of April and May have been 38 and 45 degrees; while the average high temperatures have been 58 degrees and 65 degrees.  Comparing this year’s temperature averages with the historical average for the month of April and May, we are slightly cooler.  However, the big difference between this year’s spring with the historical average is the amount of precipitation.  This past April and May we totaled 7.45”, while the average total for April and May is 5.31”.
90-Degree Rule
Due to the wet spring and the possibility of the trend continuing, we are implementing a new cart system amongst members.  On marginally wet days during peak season, there will be a third cart option, the 90-degree rule.  Before, the only options were cart path only and no restrictions.  The 90-degree rule will limit damage to the course while speeding up pace of play.  The map of #12 (seen below) displays the proper practice of the 90-degree rule.
The white line signifies the shot path from tee to green.
The yellow line is the proper driving path taken to your second shot and thereafter.
Keep the cart on the path until the you are directly across from the ball.  Once you are directly across from your ball, proceed off the path towards your second shot.  After your shot has been taken, make a gentle turn back towards the cart path and then continue down the path until you reach your next shot.

Spring, Seeds and Flowers
The soil temperatures have been around 54 degrees in the morning and 66 degrees in the afternoon.  In spring, when soil temperatures are within the 50-65 degree range; plants (specifically turf) begin producing seedheads, flowers and fruits.

The misconception when seedheads are present is the rough seems too long or its growing too fast, but the effect is not a matter of length, but a matter of density.  During the seeding time frame, the turf produces seed stalks that are thicker and longer than the turf.  To offset this “thickening” of rough in the spring, we: mow more frequently and delay fertilizing until after seeding is complete.  The seedhead germination persists until soil temperatures reach 70 degrees and above which typically is around mid-June.  

Recently, you may have noticed the tan color amongst our roughs (seen below), which is not from the turf drying out but from seed stalks and seed ready to fall.    

Notice that there is plenty of green turf but the tan color is from the stalks and seedheads.
Although this naturally occurring phenomenon has a negative effect on the playability, it allows the course to seed itself with the same species of bluegrass; which in turn creates consistency overall.  Not to mention by seeding itself, it will aid in the growth of the weak spots throughout the rough.

Projects that we have completed in April & May include:
  • Completed the new Outdoor Sport Center Bar – Capital Project

  • Cleaned, planted and mulched landscape beds
  • Repaired RR ties
  • Added stone to cart path curves
  • Added red cart path stone to walk-ups on….
    • #16 Green
  • Cleaned and Scrubbed….
    • Tennis Courts
    • Pool Deck
  • Aerified, Topdressed, Fertilized, Brushed and Rolled Greens
  • Aerified, Topdressed, Fertilized & Brushed Tees
  • #14 Fairway Drainage
  • Sprayed All Playable Fescue
  • Sodded
    • #17 Creek Bank
    • Clubhouse Parking Lot
  • Verticut & Fertilized Fairways
  • Prepared Tennis Courts
  • Prepared Pool
  • Installed New Landscape Beds 
    • #14 Turnabout
    • #8 Triangle
    • Clubhouse Flag Pole
    • Kitchen’s Vegetable Garden
    • Sport Center Gate Entrance
    • Sport Center Kitchen Entrance
    • 19th Hole Patio
    • Planted Annual Flowers

Projects that we will be working on this month include:
  • #17 Renovation (out-of-play areas)
  • Aerifying Fairways
  • Eliminate Phragmite and Re-seed
  • Fertilize Rough
  • Detail the Golf Course

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