Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FYI 9/13/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         It has been another busy week on the golf course as we enjoyed the 3-day closure to get some late summer cultural practices completed.
·         All greens were verticut, aerified, topdressed with sand, fertilized and brushed on Tuesday. They were then rolled 2 directions and brushed on Wednesday. Lastly, they were rolled 2 directions on Thursday followed by another verticut and brush on Thursday. Thankfully the weather cooperated and there were no issues with rain or lightning.

Aerified Greens using 1/2 inch tines
Picking up plugs

Cleaning off debris

Topdressing with sand

Fertilizing with organic fertilizer

Brushing the greens to incorporate the sand and fertilizer into the aerification holes

·         The entire golf course had granular fertilizer applied on Wednesday and Thursday to help with turf health and to aide in turf recovery from the summer cultural practices.
·         All Collars around the greens were verticut and all Collars and Greens Surrounds topdressed with sand on Wednesday. This practice helps smooth out the playing surface and encourages new growth.

Sand topdressing Approaches and Greens Collars

·         New St. Augustine sod was installed in a notorious washout area behind Hole 8 Back tee. It is a substantially improved appearance and the members in that area are very thankful.
·         New concrete curbing was added to the bathrooms on Holes 4 and 14 as well as new curbing on Holes 1 and 5 where golf carts continue to cut the corner impacting turf quality. Broken concrete pieces were also replaced on the cart path leading from Hole 13 to 14 to improve the overall look of this area.

Addition of concrete curbing to Hole 5 green complex - keep 4 wheels on the path now please!

·         Over 3000 native grasses were installed throughout the golf course this week in areas that were void of vegetation. It will not take long for these new plants to mature and provide additional color and beauty to the golf course.
·         Rough was not mowed this week as I am raising the height from 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches to improve definition between the fairways and roughs. It will be interesting to hear member response to the higher height of cut and to assess the turf appearance.
·         Additional Areca Palms, as well as 30 Clusia shrubs, were installed along the golf maintenance fence this week to improve the view for the residents in Cinnamon Ridge. 
·         It was an extremely productive week and I can’t thank my staff enough for their continued efforts and hard work.
·         We are watching the Tropics again this weekend with the possibility of feeling some of the effects of a Tropical Depression on Saturday. It has been surprisingly dry for the past 2 weeks so some additional rain to help activate the applied fertilizer and moisten some dry areas would be helpful.
·         Next week we will continue to detail the golf course with edging of bunkers, basins, weed-eating lake banks, lowering sod along cart paths to allow water to reach drains and fixing sink holes along rock walls.

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