It seems like September was a blur and was gone in a blink of an eye. The weather these last couple of weeks has been great, and I hope everyone had the chance to enjoy the course. October has arrived and beginning next week we will be starting some end-of-the-season cultural practices. Weather permitting, the plan is to core aerify one fairway a day. This will help with rooting, compaction and overall plant health. The turf department will be trying to complete as many fairways as we can but it is all weather dependent. Tees will be completed near the end of the month with the greens scheduled for the last week in October.
The renovated bunkers are now all back in play. Over the last two weeks the turf team has removed the bunker boards along the edge, tamped the sod down to create the grass edge look, leveled and plate tamped the sand to help firm-up the new material, and opened them for play. Sod repairs have been completed through most of the course with some small minor repairs to be completed sometime in November. Moving forward, the turf department will be focusing on maintenance, cultural practices, and our favourite–LEAF CLEAN-UP!
Pink flags have arrived! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and to show our support the turf department is using pink flags for the month!
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@IanMcQueenIGC) for frost and weather updates this fall!
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent