Friday, May 3, 2013

Course Update 5/3/13

The season has begun and we are now open for play.  We are still wrapping up a few small projects that have been delayed by deliveries and the weather.
Rain has been the norm this Spring.
Cool temperatures and rain have been the norm this Spring.  As a result, the grass is growing slowly, most notably on the greens.  At this point the grass on the greens is only producing leaf tissue and not spreading like we would like.  This will change just as soon as the temperatures start to warm up.  What this means to you now is that the greens will putt slow.   This is because the turf is not growing through the sand that was applied after aerification of the greens.  Until the grass starts to grow through, we cannot lower the height of cut which in turn increases green speed.  
Installing new sod on #6.
A project we perform every Spring is sodding weak areas in the rough and fairways.  We have had several large areas ready for new sod for the past two weeks but only just now have we received the sod.  The reason for the delayed deliveries, rain.  Because of the regular rainfall this Spring, the sod fields have been too wet to cut, thus the delays.  However, with our latest delivery, we have been able to finish the last of the areas that needed sod and we are now able to focus on some of the finer details throughout the course.