Just a reminder that the golf course will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th for greens aerification. While the course is closed two different contractors will be on site installing a new power line to the restrooms behind 15 green, and a much-needed guard rail along the cart path from 6 green to 7 tee. This is the best time to complete these two projects since the course is closed and there won't be any disruption to the membership.
Including yesterday's storms, 7.25" of rain has fallen since June 26th. That's a large amount of water for the course to handle over 15 days, but it could have been a lot worse. Some areas around us received double that amount. In my 20+ years of managing golf courses I have come to realize that too much water is far worse than not enough water. On a positive note, the extended forecast calls for cooler, drier weather over the next several days, then the mercury starts to climb again as we get closer to the Men's Invitational. The timing couldn't be any better in allowing the course to dry out and firm up for the event.
In addition to cleaning up debris from yesterday's storms, today we were able to mow and roll greens, mow primary and intermediate rough, mow collars, fix washouts and rake all bunkers, spray greens, and trim yardage markers in the fairways and tees. It's been several days since the last mowing, but tomorrow's plan is to mow fairways, approaches and tees, and we will be spraying fairways.
It took a couple weeks, but all 110 tree stumps have been ground and cleaned up. The final step in the process is to fill the holes with a soil/compost blend and sow seed. The stumps located in maintained rough areas will be seeded with a Kentucky Bluegrass/Turf-Type Tall Fescue blend, and those in the outer rough will be seeded with a Fine Fescue Links blend. We will continue to paint the stump areas as ground under repair until the new turf matures and can withstand play.
|Grinding stumps at #14 tee|
Why are there tree stumps with white paint on them? Over 100 stumps throughout the property need to be removed and have been marked with white paint. The paint makes it easy to see the stumps during tours with contractors who are bidding on the work. Once stump grinding begins the contractor will move through the property in the most efficient way possible, so please be aware that they will be working in play. After the stumps are ground the maintenance staff will cleanup the debris, fill the holes with soil, and either seed or sod the area depending on the location.