Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Report

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

May Update

This month we started our Venting of the Greens program.  We will be venting greens with a small solid tine every 2-3 weeks through the month of August.  Venting of the greens is a very valuable cultural practice.  As the weather heats up and the turf growth continues, destructive gasses such as methane and CO2 can build up in the root zone. Couple that with excessively wet weather and the combo is a recipe for dead turf. When we vent the greens it allows the bad gasses to escape and oxygen to penetrate the root zone.  It also improves drainage and penetration of water. By reducing water, increasing oxygen, and allowing bad gasses to escape the soil microbes become more active, roots thrive and overall plant health improves. Immediately after venting we roll the greens and spray a wetting agent to allow even better water penetration to the roots. As a golfer you might not even know we were there ;)

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

April 2017 Update

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.
Bruiser the Supervisor
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. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air! According to my calendar the first day of Spring is March 20th. So far this month we have been doing some course clean up work. All ornamental grasses have been burned down, dead trees have been cut down, stone edgers have been cleaned and exposed and the Swope Park entrance sign was also cleaned.  Along with the cleaning we have been spraying the greens with a plant growth regulator to control seed heads from forming and allowing a smooth ball roll. Hopefully Spring will stay for a while and we can continue detailing the course before Summer arrives and we are dragging hoses. 
Before photo of rust at entrance 

After photo (cleaned with a Muriatic Acid)

Round about by 16 Tee

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cutting Native Areas

Last week all the natural grass areas were cut.  This is done annually to help us control weeds.  We will apply a fertilizer with pre-emergent to all these areas in the spring to also help with controlling weed infestation.