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|
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Also this month we were able to put annual flowers in the flower beds. Some of the annuals you will see on the course are Coleus (wasabi & Redhead), Canna's (Wyoming, Red King Hummert & Panache), Cleome Seniorita Rosarita, Purple Pennisetum, Lantana's (Yellow & Rose Glow) & Marigolds. Enjoy!
Friday, April 28, 2017
This month at Swope Memorial the maintenance team successfully aerified the putting greens(week of April 2nd). The process is hard work, extremely beneficial and quite frankly preventative maintenance. Aerification reduces excess thatch(dead stems, leaves and roots), relieves soil compaction, and also provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green's roots. When the grass is cut as low as the greens are, deep, healthy roots are a necessity and good roots demand oxygen. We understand the process is frustrating for the golfers but unfortunately it is a necessary practice.
If you have played within the last week (4/23) you may have noticed new flags and flagsticks. The old flags were fading and the sticks were no longer allowing for straight pins. The new setup is a little different than they have been in the past. The red and white have been replaced with black and white. Hopefully you will enjoy.
|Bruiser the Supervisor|