Also I would like to address the fluctuations in greens color over the past week. This is a result of a chemical application to prevent POA seed heads from developing. The greens surface has a non uniform yellow tinge, as certain varieties of POA are effected a little differently, and as well the bent grass plants still hanging onto a green color. Seed heads will develop in May, and can create an undesirable bumpy greens surface. Although our applications will not eliminate 100% of the seed from emerging we have had very good success in minimizing their impact on greens.
|12 Green showing regulation|
|POA seed head uncontrolled|
The main challenge to start of the 2015 season has been turning on the irrigation system. Miles of piping and irrigation heads are subject to shifting and heaving due to the frost layer moving deep into the soil. This year we have had numerous breaks that we have been working through to ensure our system is reliable. The night time temperatures still dipping under 32F also posses a unique problem for us, as hydraulic controls freeze leading to additional complications. As most players seldom see some of the challenges we have with irrigation, I have included a few pictures form this spring.
|Filling Hydraulic satellite boxes with straw to prevent night time freezing|
|Irrigation break on #4 fairway|
|This is the culprit of the above break a shattered 1.5" rotary sprinkler|
|Not a new water feature, but instead a broken impact sprinkler|