I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the course by now. The weather has been a challenge but it looks like things are starting to turn around and summer may finally be here.
The course is in great shape, however we are still striving to make our product even better. In this area we ask for your help on a couple of issues. We would like to have the carts enter the fairways at 90 degrees from the path. This means after you hit your tee shot follow the cart path until you are even with your ball and then enter the fairway. It would be helpful if after you hit your second shot you returned to the path, but we realize that it is not always practical depending on where you have hit your ball. This allows us to remove a lot of the pegs that are at the beginning of the fairway. It results in a cleaner look, more productivity from the guys mowing not having to move pegs, less fertilizer applications to keep these wear areas healthy and it spreads out the traffic entering the fairway. With this practice we are also making every effort to let the carts enter the fairways unless it is extremely wet.
We would also ask that you repair your ball mark and one other on the greens. A great golf shot is not complete until you fix your ball mark.
We have had great participation with our sand bottle program. We are constantly adding more bottles to the program to do our best to make sure there are always fresh bottles available. This has really made a difference with the fairway divots and has lightened the load for us and allowed us to finish them quickly and move on to other things, so thank you!
This year we will again strive for firm and fast conditions on the greens, approaches and fairways. This will always result in some browned out turf, but remember that brown is just a color. Always ask what the turf plays like not how it looks.
Weather permitting we will begin our annual bluegrass control on the fairways this week. We have already started this on greens and tees. Annual bluegrass is the type of grass that was lost two winters ago at many other courses. We will continue to control it to keep the purest stand of bentgrass that we can. Having a pure stand of bentgrass puts us in the best position heading into winter. You may see this grass when you play starting to yellow out on greens, tees and hopefully soon on fairways.
As always, if you have any issues feel free to contact me for an explanation or clarification, 574-0220
Tee it high and let it fly!
Golf Course Superintendent