It has been just under a month since the course closed for the season and lots has been accomplished since then. The weather in mid November put a halt to the majority of the fall cleanup and course work, but the last two weeks have given the turf team the chance to accomplish some of these tasks and construction projects.
The perforated tarps have now been installed on the new bentgrass greens. In previous years solid tarps were used to try and minimize ice cover on the old poa greens to reduce ice damage and freeze thaw injury to the putting surface. With the new bentgrass greens this is no longer a concern because the new grass variety can handle long periods of ice cover and freeze thaw injury, so I have installed perforated tarps to protect the young grass plants from wind desiccation during the cold winter months. This will promote early spring green up and reduce plant dehydration.
Ash tree removals for the winter of 2014/2015 are almost complete. This season we are removing the remainder of the trees that are dead and any that have not been treated for Emerald Ash Borer. Completing these removals will help protect the ones we have been treating since 2012. Next we will begin pruning trees for sightlines off the tee and noticeable dead wood throughout the property. We have been stockpiling the wood in different locations of the property to be chipped later in the winter.
The construction work has continued well into December with the installation of fencing at the ends of the streets adjacent to the property.
The Practice Facility is coming along nicely with the stone work completed around the netting structure and at the back of the hitting mat, with stairs leading up to the cart parking area. The next step is to construct the teaching building, with everything being ready for early spring.
Have a great Holiday Season!
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent