|Sunrise on 5 fairway|
The special thing about June is that it has the longest days of the year. The sun rises just before 6:00 AM and sets at 9:15 PM on its longest day. This is great for many golfers, as the early birds enjoy nice warm sunny mornings but just as important the afternoon golfer has the ability to play a full 18 before the sun disappears for the next day. The golf course though experiences some challenges during these prolonged days of sunlight. Water expectations of the turf become critical for most of the day as the sun is at its peak for many hours. This June we have received very little rainfall and the days have been consistently hot, sunny, and breezy. All of these elements can cause stress to the grass and it will start to burn out. We could use a good thunderstorm or two.
Areas on the golf course that are non-irrigated have really started showing tan in color. Most of our irrigated areas on the golf course are holding well, with isolated dry spots scattered through the course. The greens and surrounds irrigation has been a significant improvement. Our greens have been playing fairly quick and roll smooth, while we have seen a substantial improvement in the health and thickness of the greens surrounds.
|Syringe cycle on #5 fairway|
As mentioned earlier the water requirements of grass are critical during these long hot days. Our irrigation system waters through the night but from noon into the early afternoon grass needs a little water to cool it off. You will see the maintenance staff out hand watering greens and dry spots around the golf course. Also in the early afternoon we will run syringe cycles on fairways to cool them down. It is important for players to know that these cycles move from the green towards the tee and are approximately 5 minute intervals. Although it could be perceived as a minor inconvenience to players the benefits of keeping the turf healthy is the major benefit. The greens staff thanks you for the support.
|Worn turf on the edge of #6 cart path|