In a superintendent’s mind we are always thinking about a special date when we know the weather turns for the better, to me that is August 15th! This date brings shorter cooler days, minimal humidity, nice rainfalls, heavier dews, all the right things for turf recovery. It is a day when you know that the work you put in moving forward will benefit the turf for the future.
The team has started aerating, seeding, and topdressing some stressed areas on the greens and will continue this on a weekly basis over the next month. As you can see in the photo below, we have seed germination in just over a week. These steps are necessary to promote a healthier putting surface going into the winter months. The turf team will continue seeding the rough in and around the perimeters of the course, and continue its ongoing bunker maintenance to improve bunker playability and appearance. Overall, the health of the turf is improving and the turf team will continue to focus on the little things moving forward!
On a quick note, the club has received significant amounts of rain over the last two weeks causing the greens to be soft, and low areas in the rough and fairway to remain wet for long periods of time. Please remember to repair your ball mark along with another and avoid cart traffic in low areas throughout the course.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent