Summer just keeps rolling along and I apologize for not doing an update in June.  Days are flying by and we have already arrived at Member-Guest weekend.  This has become a very popular tournament and we always hope to have the course peak at this time.  It is good timing for that as the heat of summer hasn’t taken a toll on the turf and the wooga is shining with wildflowers.  This year’s participants will find some receptive greens as recent rains have kept the greens softer than usual, but they are still rolling nicely.  We don’t do too much different for the event other than a double cut Saturday and maybe another roll on Sunday just to get them rolling a foot faster than our normal green speed.

 

Our normal summer routine for mowing is greens daily, tees and collars 2x/week, and fairways 2-3x/week.  Traps are raked usually on Monday and Friday unless rain necessitates more attention.  Add in weekly rough mowing, and this keeps the crew of 7 part timers busy mowing away.  They get a lot done in short order and I am thankful for their help.

 

I mentioned the wooga and the abundance of wildflowers earlier and it has been a stellar year for spiderwort and larkspur shown below.  We have mowed a couple more passes around the fairways to try to keep those areas more playable and we will begin mowing more rough this week and continue through July to keep the “wooga” in check with all this rain.

Speaking of rain we have had a lot.  Only irrigated two nights in June (other than watering in product).  This has been a blessing (reduced irrigation demands) and a curse (increased workload fixing bunker and cart path washouts).  The turf looks great now but I am expecting more root diseases as we enter the summer season due to the constantly waterlogged soil we have experienced in May and June.  Brown Patch (shown below) while not a soil borne pathogen has already shown itself on ryegrass in collars and I think that has been due to the excessive moisture we have seen lately.  In other words the course looks as good now as it will for a couple of months until we head into fall.   That being said we still expect great golfing conditions coming up this summer.  Hope you can get out to the Horse and enjoy.

This will be the first of a regular installment that will hopefully keep you more informed about what is happening on the course.  We hope this delivery through email or social media will reach more of our golfers.

I will briefly review conditions on the course and preview what will be happening in the future that may impact your golf game. This will be a quick update, but for more lengthy discussion of pertinent topics you can visit my blog at https://whgcturf.blogspot.com/  which can also be accessed on the Wild Horse website under the News tab by clicking Superintendent News.

Now on to the report.  Snow is still covering the entire course with more on the way.  We have had great moisture and snow cover for most of the winter and expect greens to respond favorably this spring (if it ever arrives)!  Expect some thinning on #1, 6, 7, 12 fairways as we aggressively treated for Poa annua late last fall.  The rest of the fairways should be good except for some ice damage in low drainage areas.  We will have to wait for melt to assess how much damage may have occurred.

Opening day will not be March 1st -stay tuned as conditions change but it will likely be mid-March.

Aeration Schedule for this spring

  • April 1-12:  Fairways (one or two holes per day)
  • April 15-16:  Greens surrounds
  • April 22-23:  Tees
  • May 6-7 Greens:  (mini tines)
  • May 8: Topdress Greens