Monday, July 11th, 2011

Steve Dodds from the Men's Club said it again on Saturday, "It's ridiculous how good of shape this golf course is in." I don't think I could agree more. All I can say is keep coming out because it is going to even get better in the coming weeks, I guarantee it!

We got our tractor back last week which enabled us to get our fertilizer applied to the the rough and the fairways. The guys did a great job, Mike on the tractor and Bryan and Steve P did the majority of the hand spreading. They finished the job on the very last bag. It's either my superb estimation or the skill in making the perfect application. I think I would bank on the latter. Soon you will start to notice the fertilizer kicking and you will really see the contrast from the outer rough to the maintained turf. Looking at the photo above, demonstrates where the "red" in the name creeping red fescue comes from. Pretty dramatic if you ask me. This is one of my favorite views of the golf course in the morning.

If you have had the opportunity to play this week you will have noticed the many slits in the greens. Monday and Tuesday we used the bayonet style tines and aerified the greens. The procedure is non invasive, by rolling afterward you can hardly notice a difference in ball roll. The benefits are many. Often, with the amount of play we receive the greens may tend to become compacted on the surface and will seal up, preventing water from penetrating the surface. This is a very effective tool to allow us to get water to the root zone with out disrupting play. The procedure also allows the exchange of gases. We also call it venting. I shot this quick video to demonstrate the benefit of using solid tines in the summer months.

This week we will be applying our anthracnose preventative application and also applying a light topdressing on Wednesday. With only one tournament on the schedule this week there will be plenty of opportunity to play. So call and get your tee time soon, the weather will be perfect, in the high 70's and low 80's. It just won't get any better.

Phil and Ron enjoying a great round on Wednesday!

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