Playing Conditions continue to flourish and get better every year with our long term management strategies and goals. We continue to 'stay the course' and let nothing compromise our turfgrass cultural control program.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tons (literally of sand) of hard work has gone into creating this perfect greens profile found here on the Heritage course. Many Many years of consistent applications of sand topdressing formed this sand dominate cap on top of the native push-up greens constructed by William Langford in 1926.
The health of our greens starts below the surface. Cutting cups is difficult on the Heritage because our roots are well beyond the 7" depth. You almost feel guilty tearing a plug out to place a new hole location.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Today was another scheduled maintenance day on the Greywalls course. We core aerified the clean-up pass on numbers 1, 7 & 14 greens to help us battle a fungus named Fairy Ring. Completed next was a vertical mowing of every putting green and followed with a clean-up blow and a mowing using our reels with groomers. Next we sand topdressed the greens and we dragged the sand into the canopy using our coco fiber drag mat. Re-cutting the cup and cleaning the surface with our brush reels completed our days work in the field.
Tomorrow we will continue the cleanup process by mowing the putting green surfaces with a heavy duty 7 blade reel set before we switch to our 11 blade sand reel set for another 3-4 days. Following this week of sand reel mowing we will return to using our 15-blade primary greens reels.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
We lost a few large Maple trees on the Heritage course this week. Both were growing in a wooded area but both fell onto the course so they had to be address asap.
This ancient beast was drilled with lightning and fell onto the course between number 15/17. This is a perfect example of why hiding under a tree during a storm is never a good idea.
Irrigation of the Greywalls tee boxes is always an issue. The smaller heads do not hold adjustment as well as the larger ones and zones stick on nightly wasting our time and causing us issues in the morning. The pure sand based root zone is great for drainage; so good in-fact that it has very little soil moisture retention capability and causes us serious issues of LDS and drought stress if a zone or head malfunctions.
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