Tuesday, February 21, 2023

February 2023 GCM Update

The month of February was full of sunshine and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, there has been no measurable rainfall, resulting in low lake levels and dry turf. Fortunately, playability is not impacted and the rainy months are coming soon! 

The lack of rain effectively identifies the deficiencies in our irrigation system. While the infastructure remains in good shape, the system and design are both outdated. We are currently in the process of developing a new irrigation design to be utilized in conjunction with our next golf course renovation. While this renovation is still 10+ years out, it is a beneficial exercise to develop and frequently review plans to ensure all needs are met and the funds are appropriately allocated. The main purpose of the new irrigation design will be to maximize performance and conserve water. Water conservation is critical as our supply is completely dependent upon lake levels. In the meantime, we will be closely monitoring these lake levels, spot running irrigation when necessary and doing our best to conserve resources to ensure an adequate supply of irrigation water.

Early morning irrigation - "spot watering" dry areas.

Our putting greens remain very healthy and have been performing exceptional. Our summer cultural practices and in-season programs have been very effective in enabling us to provide high quality conditions. We have been "venting" greens monthly ahead of play, which gives the turf an opportunity to breathe by reducing compaction and supplying roots with oxygen. Venting is a non-invasive method of solid-tine aerification. No material is removed and the process is very clean, with virtually no impact to playability.

Solid-tine aerification being performed on #6 Green earlier in the year.

Solid-tine aerification fractures the soil and provides oxygen, water and nutrients to turfgrass roots.

This week, two of our osprey eggs hatched. We are closely watching the third and looking forward to monitoring their development prior to fledging.

Two hatchlings have been observed in our Osprey next thus far.

As a reminder, please always be on the lookout for alligators around the golf course. As temperatures warm up, they become much more active traveling between lakes. Additionally, their mating season is right around the corner.

An alligator is observed traveling between lakes on Hole #6

Lastly, I had the opportunity to attend the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show earlier this month. This annual event is an excellent opportunity for continuing education and networking. I had the chance to take several classes and seminars, in addition to giving a presentation on obtaining the Certified Golf Course Superintendent designation.. I am grateful for opportunity to attend this event each year and look foward to applying new skills and techniques to Copperleaf.

I had the opportunity to give a presentation on obtaining the CGCS designation. I became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) in 2019.

"Creating a Great Team Culture" was one of the seminars I took during the Conference, with great information relative to our operation.

As always, feel free to email any questions, comments or concerns to parkerf@copperleafgc.com. 

#4 Green shortly after being mowed - 2/9/23

Sunrise over #14 Tees - 2/14/23

Hole #12 Green - 2/16/23

Hole #16 Green - 2/16/23