Friday, May 3, 2013

Course Conditions

Warmer weather has finally arrived, and with the abundance of rainfall we have received, grass has really greened up and started to rapidly grow.  The greens crew went from having nothing to mow to having to double cut to keep up in 1 week. 

      One thing we always experience this time of year is a dramatic decrease in green speeds.  This is again caused by rapid growth, and wet conditions, causing the greens to become very dense.  When putting on the greens even though the cut looks very tight, the turf actually feels sticky. Over the next 2 weeks, our biggest challenge will be on trying to keep the greens speeds desirable.

We have been working through some of the detailing projects on the course.   Over the next month a lot of our focus is on some of the details that go beyond maintaining the course for everyday play.  Here are a few projects we have been working on over the past couple weeks.   The pictures below show the crew hand edging the bunkers to create a nice crisp edge

Edging #11 green side bunkers
Removing grass from the edge

A little attention was needed on the two ends of the creek on #16.  The stone area has been weeded and new landscape rocks added for improvement.  We are also in the process of making new foot bridges for the creek.  You can expect them to be installed next week.

#16 Creek before

#16 Creek after
Removing the fence on #9 and #6.  The split rail fence has been on the property for numerous years.  After repairing it several times during it's existence, it was finally time to part ways.  There will still be a split rail fence on #7 and a couple of isolated areas on the golf course.
Removing the fence

Roadside afterwards