GRASS CLIPPINGS

JESSE SHAVER
Grounds & Facilities Superintendent
JesseS@gulllakecc.com

Dear Members and Friends,

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down so very fast! We have had an awesome summer 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 greens on September 9th and 10th - weather permitting. Tees will be aerified on Monday, September 14th. We will start on fairways after tees, doing 2-4 a day until finished. We should be completely done with our aerification process on all areas by October 8th - weather and equipment permitting.

Cultivation or aerification of turfgrass is a necessary evil or cultural practice to maintain healthy plants. Benefits are thatch control, to relieve compaction, add amendments (sand) or modify a soil. Healthy turfgrass must have a good 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 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 7-14 days for the greens to heal up. Please mark your calendars, aerification begins on Wednesday, September 9th. 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.