It was a beautiful long weekend and I hope everyone got out and enjoyed the course. It has been just about a month since we opened and the turf is starting to mature nicely. The fairway damage from the winter has now been seeded and the few larger areas on #5, 7, and 9 will be sodded next week. The remainder of the course is starting to take shape. The greens have weathered the early season traffic and are beginning to show signs of strength, setting them up for the summer months. I am happy with where the greens are at and next week we will begin some new agronomic programs to increase density providing a truer putting surface.
On June 1st the course will close, following a morning corporate event, for our spring aerification program and re-open for play on June 3rd. During the spring course aerification the greens will be vented and a heavy sand topdressing applied. This increases surface smoothness providing a better putting surface. Tees and fairways will be aerified and topdressed. These are all necessary cultural practices to improve playing conditions and turf health.
Course care and taking pride in the golf course has been a topic of conversation this season. I have noticed a great improvement in ballmark repairs, divots and even fewer tees on the tee deck, thank you! A friendly reminder about some steps to follow in maintaining the golf course. Firstly, fixing ballmarks is the #1 defense against poa encroachment. An unrepaired ball mark is a void for poa to seed into. Secondly, use the sand seed bottles that are provided to fill your divot in the fairway, not in the rough. Finally, when driving a cart leave the fairway at the exit post and, whenever possible drive the cart in the fairway.
A quick note, the water fountain on #12 is out of order. We are in the process of fixing the issue but until then please take water at #10 and 14 on the back nine.
Enjoy the weekend.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent