Course Update for July 8, 2016

As I sit here writing the course update this morning, I'm watching a sprinkle of rain come down. I was hoping for something more like a downpour but, unfortunately, it didn’t come. Yesterday the rain hit north of us and this morning it is hitting west and south of the club. One of these days we will get a nice all-day rain and everything will come alive. Managing the turf through these dry spells takes numerous staff on hand-hoses watering localized dry spots. By applying the water with a hose you get direct penetration to the area, helping the turf…

Course Update for June 24, 2016

It has been a long few weeks for the turf department as we try to manage our way through what I classify as a drought. The course has received 17mm of rain since May 15. Our last significant rain event was June 5 when we received 12mm. Even with an excellent irrigation system, nothing beats a steady rainfall. The team has been out daily hand watering roughs, tees, and greens. Overall, the course is playing great with a little extra ball roll on certain areas throughout the property. The one thing the drought has done is slowed the healing process…
June 24, 2016

Course Update for May 27, 2016

It didn’t take long to go from winter dormancy to summer dormancy—only a week. The hot weather has come and certain areas of the golf course, particularly the roughs, have been slow to fill in. But with the humidity and frequent rain showers, the roughs will become thick and lush over the next couple of weeks. Other signs of drought have been visible on a few tee decks. Areas like #4 tee where 1 of the 3 sprinklers that irrigate that tee had a burnt solenoid and wouldn’t turn on. When the weather is cool it isn’t a problem, but…

Course Update for July 17, 2012

It is safe to say we are experiencing significant heat and drought stress across the northeast. Over the next few weeks please remember when driving a cart try to avoid dry spots throughout the golf course. This will help in the turf recovering when the temperatures decline and several rains occur. I have included a link for your reading pleasure from the USGA Northeast Regional Green Section communicating different items Superintendents need to monitor through the summer months. Click here. Have fun out there, but remember, drink lots of water and keep cool! Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent
July 17, 2012