Monday, September 28, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
All of the sudden it's the middle of September. We have had a busy season, and some extra cart traffic. This has our Golf Course feeling a little tired and wore out. As the fall moves along we are a mission to improve the plant health. We will accomplish this through various methods including; compaction relief, fertilization and raising the heights of cut. All these will have very little effect on the play ability of the golf course.
Yesterday we started with some compaction relief of cart path entrances and exits. This was accomplished with a wobble tine machine to a depth of 4". We will use this same machine for the driving range and practice facility.
The plan next is to hit the tees, collars and aprons. We will use a 3/4" solid tine machine followed by a top dressing of sand. Getting the sand down in the holes will help control thatch and organic matter.
Next will be the fairways. Again this year we will be using a slicing tine machine. This machine can go to a depth of 8", giving us some good compaction relief. Best part is there is very minimal disruption to the turf surface after one or two mowings.
Finally the greens will get their compaction relief on October 6. We hired out a contractor to come in with a deep tine machine. 9-10" deep is common. This is the same process on the greens as last year, with very good results. This will require a heavy top dressing of sand to fill the holes. All this will allow more air and water to move through the soil profile.
Timing of all these events will very over the next three weeks, working around tournaments scheduled.
Through all this there will be very minimal disruption to play.
Come out and enjoy some great fall golf!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
One other practice we have been doing each month is needle tining the greens. This provides some soil compaction with very little disruption to play. It will allow moisture and air to move more easily through the soil profile. Once we mow and roll the greens are very playable.
We will see you on the course!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Over the last month there has several days of wind. I am not sure how many hours of debris cleanup we have. For the most part nothing too major has blown down, just lots of small to medium sized branches. I know there are a few aches and pains felt by the maintenance staff. Maybe we can get back to somewhat normal maintenance practices for the rest of the year.
The Golf Course has been in very playable condition. I hope you make time to enjoy!!
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Last Fall we did a deep tine compaction relief on the greens, to a depth of 10". The greens were struggling to get roots going. I was changing hole locations on Sunday, and to my surprise the deep tine aeration is paying off. I found good roots growing and and some were more than 7". The deep tine was very beneficial and a program we will continue.
We will see you on the course!
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Greens are off to a good start.
Please level with your shoe.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
This up coming week we are heading to Sioux Falls for The South Dakota GCSA meeting. Some of the Topics are; How to live where Excellent becomes average, Irrigation Uniformity, Remote sensing to improve your knowledge, Advance in fine Fescue, Golf Course or Nature Preserve and Advancing Your Career. There will be much to take in in a few days.
We took a little time to trim the trees on #7 fairway and #17 tee. This was a good time to achieve this with some snow on the ground to help protect the turf grass. As you can see the after pictures provide a more open fairway and tee shot. I am sure most of you will approve.
Spring is near!!
We will see you on the course!