Course Conditions

Why are there brown spots?

Rain has been scarce for July thus far. When you factor in 90 degree days with heat indexes above 100 degrees it is just survive time for the turf and people.   The greens are susceptible to disease and turf thinning so heights have been raised to a safe number for the rest of the summer (they are going to be slow). 

The weeks leading into the aerification of greens on July 9th, we got aggressive with our dethatching of the surface during play and the greens had some brown and thin spots.   The greens are getting older (15 years on the Front/12 years on Back ) and I have to be aggressive with my dethatching program so they can perform well in the winter.  Remember, the turf grows less in the winter, but our golf play is at the peak (not really ideal for the greenskeeper).  Tees and fairways were dethatched as well so brown spots and lack of rain creates a “brown spot” quick!

Reminder:  Greens deep tine aerification August 20th.  Tees, fairways and roughs will be aerified and verticut as well.  (There will be some brown spots because of dethatching)

The picture below 93 degrees on July 17 at  5:39 pm in Vero.  These temperatures are tough on turf, employees and golfers!  BTW we didn’t get any rain despite the “forecast”

Course Conditions, Cultural Practices

Be careful what you ask for….

We’ve had two Monday closings and the only aerification that we’ve done is solid tining greens last Monday.  Last Sunday, we received 2 inches of rain and today we’re heading to 4 inches of rain.  We will just try and aerify tees and fairway’s the next two closings.

A 100 percent chance of showers is expected Monday, with possible thunderstorms before 2 p.m. and before 8 p.m., weather officials said. Some of the storms could bring heavy rainfall.

Tuesday through Saturday will have a 70 percent chance of showers. Temperatures throughout the week will fluctuate between the low 80s and low 70s.

I would expect some cart path only conditions over the next few days.

 

Course Conditions, Projects

April showers?

We received 0.47 inches of rain in March and our salts are currently at 2900 TDS. The faucet in our shop has a TDS of 250. Despite the dry, salty and windy conditions the course is playing well. We did lose some impatients and some bougainvilleas lost some leaves because of the salty water. The last two full moons our TDS jumped to 9800 because of the higher river level.

The last two weeks the roughs were lowered from 1.5 inches to 1.0. This is where the Brown has come from.  We were able to renovate the first bunker on hole #3.  We plan on finishing the 2nd fairway bunker after Senior Club Championship the week of April 9th.

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Rough scalping from 1.5 in to 1.0 in
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3 Fwy bunker completed last week of March
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Staff adding sand to #3 Fwy Bunker
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Wood Duck on his box

Course Conditions

Rakes

When entering bunkers always enter low side of bunkers. John Sanford our course architect designed the bunkers with a bullnose on edge making high points steep. The sod is less than 9 months old and some slopes may not be rooted 100%. This will avoid any trip/fall situations.

Rakes should also be left ½ in ½ out for ease of retrieving.

Our goal for summer 2018 is to renovate fairway bunkers for reduced maintenance and sand/drainage upgrades.

See you on course!

Shane Wright, CGCS

Course Conditions, Cultural Practices

Topdressing fairways

We topdressed fairway wet spots on 2,4,5 fairways today. Tomorrow we will do 7,8,11 and 13. Hopefully by Friday all wet areas will be topdressed after the 2.5 inches of rain from Saturday. The course played great on Sunday for the Pro Am. We were already over 30 inches of rain above normal.

Sand applications over time will firm the wet surfaces for improved playability and drainage. We use a drag brush to work into canopy of turf.

The last 3 mornings we have dipped below 30. The course will be off color until night time temperatures increase back into the 60’s for an extended time. Enjoy the crisp nights before we know it summer will be here!