Course Update for May 12, 2012

Bunker entry and exit

On the Course
This last week has been an excellent week for the turf. Warm temperatures, timely rains, a dream in the life of a Golf Course Superintendent!

During the week the team has been finishing some ongoing bunker work; the fairway bunker on #2 has been leveled and topped up with new sand to establish the right depths throughout the bunker. In addition, we have removed some bunker matting and added new sand to the bunker on the right of #8 green. Over the next few weeks proper sand depths are going to be the focus with the turf team, this will include the bottom of the bunker and on the high flashes. By establishing these levels we hope to minimize the fried egg lie. So a little friendly reminder: If your ball lands in the bunker, enter from the flattest part. After you play your bunker shot, exit from the flattest point, not on the high flashes of the bunker, and always rake your footprints so the next player that hits into the sand has a level lie. (See photo below)

I have lowered the height of cut in the roughs and fairways. It will take a week or two to establish these heights, so the team will be busy blowing the golf course to eliminate the clumps of grass left behind. The new heights of cut will provide a more consistent playing surface.

If you haven’t noticed, the shrub bed on the clubhouse patio is being renovated. We have removed the overgrown shrubs that were encroaching on the barbecue area and will be planting a new shrub and perennial bed in their place.

Since my email a few weeks ago, I have a noticed some great recovery in the regularly worn out areas. Remember, when possible drive the carts in the fairway and reduce the traffic in the roughs. This will help maintain a more consistent and playable rough while not causing wear to the fairway. Exit the fairways at the black and gold posts, which will help spread the cart traffic on a daily basis.

Also, I have attached an article from the USGA Northeast Region Green Section May Report written by Adam Moeller that talks about aerification recovery in the Northeast! It talks about how slow recovery has been this spring and has some good insight into why. Read the article

Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent