GRASS CLIPPINGS

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the grounds staff! It’s been nice to be out on the course and around the club to see many of you enjoying yourselves this spring. The entire grounds team has been working hard to get the golf course and all the club grounds into shape for this season. Your golf course is in fantastic shape and we are looking forward to a great year.

The seed head prevention application on the greens, tees and fairways is working very well this year and we were able to achieve fantastic control. We will still continue to see some discoloration for a couple weeks primarily on the tees and fairways since they were treated a couple weeks later then the greens but also because of the cold nights and wet conditions we’ve had. Seed head control is a necessary evil but makes for a much stronger and healthy grass plant throughout the summer months. Preventing the Annual Bluegrass plants (the poa annua contamination on the greens is a type of blue grass) from producing seeds allows the plant to retain all its carbohydrates and store them up for the stressful summer months instead of producing seed now and produces a much smoother putting surface.

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 weeks each season where the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. The reason for this growth flush is that the turfgrass plants take up all the spring moisture and nutrients 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 are sorry for any inconveniences the rough has presented for you this golfing season, either with playability 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 by early July so that you are protected this fall. The best time to apply fertilizer is just before the 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.

Please help us by doing your part by fixing ball marks, filling divots, raking bunkers and keeping your carts at least 30 ft from the greens whenever possible. Doing these simple things helps us continue to have the best-conditioned golf course in the area and adds virtually no time to your round of golf. Thank you so much for all your support and cooperation. As always, if there is anything any of us on the grounds staff can do to make your experience here at your club more enjoyable, please feel free to call. See you on the course!

 

Best Regards,


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