GRASS CLIPPINGS

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Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the Grounds Team. It has been an eventful start to this summer with all the different weather patterns and unseasonably cool temperatures. Your golf course is in fantastic shape and playing very well. Congratulations to all the 2013 Men’s Invitational Tournament participants and the winning teams. This was a fun week with beautiful weather and it was nice to see everyone enjoying the club.

We have made it through the spring growth flush and now the rough is a little bit more manageable and playable. There are always a couple of weeks each season when the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. The reason for this growth flush is that the turfgrass plants take up the spring moisture and nutrients all at once when the soil temperatures get to a certain level. Once this happens, the turfgrass plants become very succulent and dense. Now that we have started to experience drier air and more stable weather patterns, the rough has been much more manageable for everyone. We apologize for any inconveniences the rough has presented for you this golfing season from a playability standpoint or in just finding your golf balls. The grounds team is working as hard as they can to keep the height of the rough at a manageable level and keep it as playable as possible.

Please don’t forget, if you haven’t applied your fertilizer and grub control to your home lawn yet, you will want to get the control down so that you are protected this fall. The best time to apply fertilizer is just before a rain so that the fertilizer can be watered in and get to where it needs to be. With grub control you want to get the product watered down into the thatch layer, which is about 1-2 inches down where the grubs will take up residency and begin to eat.

Do your part by fixing ball marks, filling divots, raking bunkers and keeping your carts 30 feet from the greens whenever possible. It is important to remember that after you rake a bunker please place the rake back into the bunker. Also when you take a divot from the fairway, it is important to remember that if the chunk of turf still has soil attached, that it should be replaced. If the divot ends up in pieces, that’s when you fill with the provided green sand. The club is in fantastic shape so let’s all do our part to keep it that way. As always, if there is anything my staff or I can do to make your experience here at your club more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to call. See you on the course.

Best Regards,

Jesse Shaver
Grounds & Facilities Manager
JesseS@gulllakecc.com
(269) 998- 4407