Monday, September 19th, 2011
We had a great week last week. The tournaments went off without a hitch from our end and we managed to get all of our cultural jobs complete. We fertilized the greens Tuesday, once again with zero nitrogen. With the way they are growing I'm afraid that if we added N to the mix we would be pushing to much growth. We decided to take advantage of the evenings to work on the course with tournaments scheduled each day. Wednesday we topdressed all the greens starting at 6pm and wrapped it all up by 8:00. Thursday we decided we should at least try to mow half of the fairways in the evening to prepare for the 7:45 shotgun Friday morning but we weren't able to get on the course until 7:00. Thanks to Mike Holl, Brian and Jorge for staying until 9:00 to get the job done.
This week we will be in a similar situation with the tournament but we should be able to stay up on all of the mowing in the morning hours. Our second fairway fertilizer application is scheduled this week and we will be planning on Thursday for that. This is also our week to fertilize the tee boxes but I think we have some room to push them back a bit. They are still growing well and look great. We are going to start plugging the tees next week on Wednesday and will coordinate with the pro shop on reversing the nines if necessary. The greens aerification is right around the corner. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will hold. The warmer the temperature the quicker they will heal.
Wednesday marks the first day of Fall and to honor the change in seasons we shut the deep well off on Sunday. This year was one of our best water years that I can remember. We always seemed to have plenty of water in the lakes while maintaining an adequate level of irrigation on the golf course. This doesn't mean that we are done irrigating for the season, chances are we will irrigate plenty by the end of October. I would like to draw the lake level down somewhat allowing the fall rains to fill the lakes. Since most of the drain lines feed the lakes I'm sure we won't have a problem filling them back up. My other reason is cost savings. With our ET rate down now that we are in the fall season we will be able to save a considerable amount of money by not running the deep well.