Friday, September 7, 2018

September Update

#3 Approach
Unfortunately it has been another wet week the golf course has received three inches of rain over the last several days and hasn't had much of a break to dry out. We were able to mow the Tees, Approaches, and Fairways only once so far this week, and it is still unknown if we will be dry enough by Friday to mow much more.

Wet Fairways have resulted in a week of no riding golf carts 
On the bright side the extended forecast looks really good for not only growing grass but also playing golf, dry and cool.

Several areas on the course have been improving and our fairway recovery methods have definitely paid off. The stress has warn off and many of the fairways are looking better. We have also gone back to a more normal mowing pattern (when we aren't wet) on fairways and have lowered the mowing height slightly to help get the playing surfaces a bit tighter.

#4 Fairway 
Our seeding efforts have paid off as we have seen lots of positive growth. Most recently we have started to seed the fairways again in an attempt to help get the thin areas addressed and more mature.

#15 Fairway

 #15 Fairway seedlings  recently mowed 
As the course dries out we will be getting caught up with mowing all playing surfaces, we will then resume fixing and improving related areas on the course.

Thank you for your support

Golf Course Superintendent
Nick Marfise



Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fairway Recovery


This years weather has had its share of challenges, we started off spring with over 14 inches of rain, which was followed buy early season heat and humidity. We just finished up a stretch of hot and dry weather all of which has put an abundant amount of stress on the golf course, but primarily the fairways.

The weather can surely cause set backs, but when you combined that with continuous golf, golf cart traffic, and mower/equipment traffic you now have created additional stresses. When all these factors are added up we wind up with turf thinning, hard panned lies, and a stressed out golf course.


In the extreme heat like we saw last week and through the weekend, riding carts and even pull carts can damage turf when the turf is dry and wilting.

Pull cart tracks on #10 approach
The maintenance staff has already begun seeding the fairways in areas where grass has been lost due to the water damage, additional seed has also been put in fairways that were thinning due to weather stress and excessive traffic. Several other areas have already been given additional fertilizer to promote extra growth and recovery.

seed germinating on #6 fairway 
In an attempt to help promote recovery the maintenance staff is going to take a more conservative approach to maintaining the golf course. Starting this past week the fairways have been mowed at a slightly higher height of cut. By raising the height of cut there will be more turf to help cushion and displace all related traffic . Longer grass helps the grass grow better roots and get stronger for the future.
slightly longer grass in the fairways 
The fairways will also be mowed less frequently, by doing this we are eliminating one of those additional stresses that were mentioned previously. Excessive mower traffic can cause stress on the grass, including over compacting soils.

Un-mowed on the left/ mowed on the right 
Once the turf gets stronger and healthier we will then begin to mow more often and potentially lower the height of cut down once again. Right now we want to have a thick stand of grass for the future and this has shown in a short period of time that it is working. We appreciate your patience, see you out there.

Respectfully,

Golf Course Superintendent

Nick Marfise

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Venting Greens


After this last stretch of warm and dry weather it is important to make sure we get air and oxygen into our greens. Over the next couple of days you will see us poking small holes in the greens to help with air exchange and let our grass and its roots breath. The holes will heal quickly and after they are rolled, should not disrupt the putting surface.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Much needed rain


The golf course received some much needed rain, the golf course had been hot and dry for several days. With close to an inch in total accumulation this should help the grass hit the reset button moving forward. 

The golf course is open for walking only.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Finally got some rain!


There will be no riding golf carts today.

We went through a significant drought and dry spell there, and the grass could have really used some rain. This looks like the weekend for that to happen. Between yesterday and this morning we've had enough rain to help the grass, but unfortunately we will not have riding golf carts for the rest of the day. 

Morning Maintenance 
Pin locations moved
Greens mowed
Bunkers raked

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday

Looks like rain, the golf course was very dry and needed a shot of rain. We will keep everyone posted as to how conditions change due to the rain. With the course being dry we expect it to take and handle the rain well.

Morning Maintenance 
Pin locations moved
Greens mowed
Greens rolled
Bunkers raked
Garbage and Water Barrels Changed

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday


We received minimal rain last night, riding golf carts are available today.  

Morning Maintenance 
Pin locations moved 
Greens Rolled 
Approaches and Fairways Mowed 
Bunkers Raked