Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The sod has been placed back in the trenches of the greens that itwas removed from, improving drainage during the winter. The sod over wintered well in the sand traps, and successfully transferred back into the greens. The sod was tamped down and top dressed. As the temperatures warm up through the spring the sod will knit in and it's appearance will blend back into into the green. These trenches will have minimal effect on play, when the greens are opened for golf.
Friday, March 18, 2011
(photo's of #18 Green March 17th, 2011)
We put tarps down on #6 and #18 greens in the fall. These tarps are semi-permeable, allowing water to pass through the tarp onto the greens surface. The reason why these 2 greens were tarped, was to prevent wind desiccation through the winter. Set on top of a hill, the winter winds dry out these greens sites, damaging the turf. The tarps were removed March 17th to prevent a significant heat build up and a flush of growth during spring warm-up. The turf underneath the tarps, was in good health.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The maintenance crew are working on sharpening the reels and getting them in adjustment for spring. Reel type cutting heads consist of 2 parts to sharpen, the reel (Photo on left) and the bed knife. These 2 pieces work together in cutting the grass blades as they pass in between. They are sharpened twice a year, and adjustment checked daily to achieve a quality cut. During winter maintenance all bearings and bushings are checked and replaced if worn.