This spring we have intentions to aerate as many of the rough areas as we can squeeze in. We have started with greens complexes and clubhouse grounds based off their importance and the fact that these areas need to heal sooner rather than later. Upon completion of these areas we plan to move to looping fairways, areas between fairways and cart paths and between fairways and tees. After that, with some cooperation from weather and ground conditions we plan to move to open spaces between holes that are a little more out of play. The process of rough aeration includes a tractor with a roll style aerator that is hooked to the tractor's three point hitch. We are then left with soil plugs on the surface that are 3-5" long by 3/4" wide. These plugs will not be picked up, rather we will allow them to melt down over time with natural precipitation. This will be a messy process so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience. We feel that the rough aeration will pay dividends for both our staff and our members as well.
One item that we really wanted to upgrade from year one to year two was our tee markers. With some help from Tri-State Fabricators we have been able to custom design new markers. The new markers should be more durable and present a much better look. We have also changed the color scheme. The new colors are as follows: Back: Green Middle: White Forward: Gold
On Friday we rolled, mowed and fertilized the greens for the first time this season. We have wanted to roll and mow for about two months now but the weather just hasn't allowed it. The fertilizer that we applied was an 18-9-18 with a 75% slow release technology. The delivery rate was half pound of nitrogen, a quarter pound of phosphorus and a half pound of potassium per 1,000 square feet. Last year we came in to this new venture with the goal of healing all of the injured turf on greens and then protecting that same turf throughout the season. Mission accomplished! Now that we have stronger turf and further developed root structures we plan to shift those goals to delivering faster, firmer and more consistent putting surfaces. A reduction of fertility will be a crucial part of these plans. However, if we don't get the kind of cooperation from the weather that we intend to see we will always be ready to roll with punches and scale back on the aggressiveness of our program. Protecting our turf on greens is always #1!
Step 1: Clean any leaves sticks or any other debris off the greens
Step 2: Roll the greens to smooth out any uneven turf from winter play or freezing and thawing
With a few of our trash receptacles having liners that didn't fit and an overall lack of receptacles we decided to address this during our off-season. The following are of receptacle/liners we have built:
The following are the receptacles/liners we renovated:
We have also been working on the all markers for the driving range: