It has been a wet start to June. In the last three weeks the course received over 125mm of rain. This amount of rain helps in a few ways: seed establishment in damaged areas, consistent stand of rough, and a full irrigation reservoir. But along with those benefits from rain, there are also the difficult areas with too much rain, ballmarks, and divots. The new greens are still young, with no significant thatch layer to help with ballmarks. Even though the greens are sand based, significant rainfalls over extended periods of time do not allow surfaces to dry down, resulting in ball marks, so please take the time to repair your ball marks. The same is true with divots, the fairways have been very wet of late with larger than normal divots being taken. So please replace the divot if it is still intact or seed if need be.
In all, I feel the course is setting up for a great summer of golf. Tees, fairways, and roughs have recovered very well from the winter. The new greens are maturing nicely and are consistent and putting true. With a little drier weather the greens will become firmer and the number of ball marks will be reduced.
Over the next couple of weeks we will concentrate on a few minor drainage issues to fix clogged drain pipes. This will help with standing water in areas throughout the course.
Have a great weekend.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent