GRASS CLIPPINGS

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Dear Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down so very fast! We have had an awesome season despite the weather and other challenges Mother Nature has thrown at us. Come on out to your club and enjoy the beautiful weather and the wonderful conditions we still have left this golfing season.

Soon it will be time for our annual aerification of greens, tees and fairways. We will start with tees on September 16th. Greens will be aerified on September 22nd and 23rd, weather permitting. We will start on fairways after tees, doing two to four a day until finished. We should be done by October 11th, weather and equipment permitting.

Cultivation or aerification of turfgrass is a necessary evil to maintain healthy plants. Benefits are thatch control, to relieve compaction, add amendments (sand) or modify a soil. Healthy turfgrass must have a good root system, a minimum of thatch build-up and soil with good structure. Aerification is a mechanical method of improving the exchange of air and water between the atmosphere and soil. This exchange involves the downward movement of oxygen and water into the soil and the upward movement of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases out of the soil. We wait until the latest part of the season to aerify so the inconvenience to you the members is not as bad. It usually takes seven to fourteen days for the greens to heal up. Please mark your calendars. Aerification begins on September 22nd. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Do your part by fixing ball marks, filling divots, raking bunkers and keeping your carts 30 ft 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 has soil still attached please replace that; and if the divot ends up in pieces, that’s when you fill with the provided green sand. The club is in fantastic shape and lets 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.

A big thank you to our staff for a great job so far this season. From the turf and bunkers, to the flowers, everything looks great! If you see one of them on the course thank them. I know they would appreciate the compliment.

Best Regards,

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