Monday, November 6, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
September is over and at times, it felt more like August but with shorter sunlight hours the heat doesn't last long. This is the time of year when we aerify our greens. On the 5th of September we fertilized the greens to get them rapidly growing. Then the evening of the 11th we started aerifying and finished up on the 12th. On the 17th we received just under and 1.5" of rain. With the fertilizer, moisture and warm days the greens healed extremely quick. This morning when I rolled the greens I was unable to see any holes caused by the aerifyer. This is a task we perform twice a year and it is done to relieve compaction, increase air to the plants roots, as well as removing thatch from the surface. The result is a much healthier putting surface!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
You may have also noticed bunkers aren't as sandy as they once were. Heavy rain has washed silt from the edges into the traps and plugging the drain tiles. With a small staff this is going to take some time to repair but it is on our radar. The course is still very playable so come out and enjoy or if you are like me wait till September:)
Saturday, June 24, 2017
In the month of June we have been staying busy with detail work. We have started edging some bunker faces, spraying broadleafs in the rough, and sodding some tee boxes. Below is a photo of 18 greenside bunker.
From what I have been told sodding the tees on 16 is an annual task. This year we were lucky enough to have received the leftover sod that Arrowhead Stadium uses on there field to put on the tee. It is called Northbridge Bermuda and the head groundskeeper at Arrowhead Travis Hogan thinks its an excellent cultivar of turf for areas like 16 that take a beating. It recovers much quicker than Zoysia, has great color like bent grass, better shade tolerant, cold tolerant and it can handle the cleats of Dontari Poe. Below is a before and after photo and also a photo of the sod shortly after being put down at the stadium.
|Top picture is Zoysia bottom half is Northbridge Bermuda. Please remember to fill your divot with sand.|
|Arrowhead shortly after the Northbridge was put down in early June|