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18th HoleOrganic LayerRoot Zone

Course Update for July 20, 2018

Progress Report on the 18th Green The new 18th green continues to improve each week. Here are a few of the key agronomic factors that we use as benchmarks before the green would open for play: 1) Canopy density (full coverage of the green surface with no gaps) 2) Minimum 6-inch root depth (bentgrass roots are vital for its survival and a minimum 6-inch root mass is required before it can handle stress from play) 3) 1/2-inch organic layer (approximately 1/2 inch of an organic based layer is required for the grass to be resilient to traffic and golf shots;…
July 20, 2018
Root ZoneVenting

Course Update for June 29, 2018

With hot temperatures on their way, we will place an extra water filling station on the 15th tee for the long weekend. Please enjoy the weather safely and stay hydrated. Hot, humid weather is ideal for disease development. Providing high performance turf while under such adverse conditions requires us to be strategic with our practices and defense tactics to help the greens battle the weather. Weekly venting (aerating) on the greens is one practice that has worked very well for us. You may have noticed the small holes at the surface of some of the greens earlier in the week.…
June 29, 2018
AerificationOrganic LayerRoot Zone

Course Update for September 1, 2017

The golf course will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 6 for our scheduled aerification. I thought this might be a good time to briefly review why we aerate and why it is essential for us to do so. As turf grows through the season, it continually generates new shoots and roots to replace the older ones that aren’t effective anymore. This creates a layer of decaying organics at the surface. This organic layer becomes problematic very quickly. Photo: This subsurface image of the green profile shows accumulating organics in the top inch.  It has a slightly darker…
September 1, 2017
Root ZoneTurf

Course Update on July 21, 2017

This time of year is always very challenging to grow healthy turf while providing great playing conditions: the days are long, the weather is often hot and humid, and disease pressure is high and traffic is at its peak. Providing high performance turf while under such adverse conditions requires us to be strategic with some of our own defense tactics that help the grass sustain these environments. Weekly venting (aerating) the low spots on the greens is one that has worked very well for us. You may have noticed tiny holes on the surface of some of the greens earlier…
July 21, 2017