November has arrived and the last nice days to golf are upon us. The weather forecast for the next seven days looks good, so get out and enjoy the course. With that in mind, I want to let everyone know the last day of golf will be Sunday, November 13. The course received a significant amount of rounds and needs some time to recover before the spring. Over the last week or two the growth of the turf has slowed down and wear has started to become visible all over the property. Closing on the 13th will eliminate additional wear to the property not only on greens but from divots and cart traffic that will continually damage the turf not giving any time to heal before spring. Keeping bentgrass as the only turf stand on the greens minimizing wear is what is most important in the shoulder seasons.
Closing on this day gives us the time to complete the necessary tasks like irrigation blowout, dormant fertilizing, last cuts of the turf, final leaf cleanup along property lines and, most importantly, apply the necessary fungicide to protect the turf from snowmold. All these fall practices require time and relatively nice weather to complete to prepare the course for the winter. In addition to all the winter preparation, we will be starting the construction of our new remote washroom by #12/17 tee. This will start next week and will be ready for the 2017 golf season.
Have a great weekend!
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent