The indication of a wet season has continued to show its effects on fairways and tees with a high visible number of divots. Every day our team works diligently to fill divots but a lot of credit also has to be given to the membership, as I have noticed they have been doing a very good job as well. The conditions this time of year are perfect for seed germination and divot recovery. The temperatures are warm with relatively high humidity. We are noticing seed germination in as little as 4 days. (see photo below)
You might even notice that our team is filling divots and bare spots in roughs to help fill in some areas. The mix that we use in the roughs is a very similar divot mix but it is not to be mistaken with the mix that we put in the bottles. The mix in the bottles is Bentgrass and it can be used on fairways and tees ONLY. (We recommend saving for use on fairways.) The mix we use in the roughs is Bluegrass (see photo below). If we were to use the wrong mix in the roughs they would become contaminated and inconsistent.
We are still witnessing a number of scuff marks on the greens during the day. I just want to reiterate how important it is for everyone to lift their feet. Please be cautious and aware of how you walk on the greens and how you may address the ball or execute a stroke. Damage caused by aggressive foot traffic not only compromises the consistency of the putting surface, but it also damages the turf.
Have a great weekend.
Andre Aymar, Golf Course Superintendent