Course Update for October 27, 2017

By October 27, 2017Bentgrass, Winter

Reminder: The golf course will close in Mid-November. An exact date will be decided within the next couple of weeks.

The short game will be closed for the season on Sunday, October 29.

Once again it’s that time of the year when we start talking about the end of the golf season. I thought it might be a good opportunity to remind everyone which factors impact the closing date. There are two major factors that play a role: (1) protecting our greens and (2) recovery and winter preparation.

Protecting our Greens
What makes bentgrass such a great choice for putting greens in this part of the world is not only does it provide a fantastic putting surface that we enjoy throughout the season, but it can also survive our winters without any major risk of ice damage.

Bentgrass goes through a systematic process to prepare itself for winter. When the day lengths get shorter and the temperatures drop, bentgrass effectively stops vertical growth and uses all of its energy to store carbohydrates for winter survival. This process starts in early November. It then hibernates for the winter months and comes out of dormancy in the spring. Staying off the greens after they have stopped growing and allowing them to go through their natural process ensures that they will be healthy going into the winter and healthy coming out in the spring.

Recovery and Winter Preparation
Wear and tear on the greens, tees and fairways caused by late fall golf will not have time to recover. This sets us back for the spring.

Product Application for Winter Disease Protection: Greens, tees and fairways all have to be sprayed for protection against winter disease. The timing for this application is critical, and the window for this application is often very narrow due to weather. Our team must have an appropriate amount of time without disturbance in order to get this done correctly.

Hopefully this helps everyone understand why we have to close the golf course when we do.

Have a great weekend,

Andre Aymar, Golf Course Superintendent