GRASS CLIPPINGS

Dear Members and Friends,

             This year continues to be a challenge for all of us in every department this season from storms, to droughts and everything else Mother Nature can throw at us. We haven’t let anything stop us yet and your club is in wonderful shape and looking beautiful. This summer has been such a joy watching every one participate in events and out enjoying the club on such a regular basis.

I’m sure everyone is aware of the extreme weather conditions we have been faced with so far this season and the continued heat and humidity to come. This type of weather makes it very challenging for our staff to maintain the golf course and grounds. With the nighttime lows in the 70’s with high humidity, it makes for a perfect environment to harbor and nourish disease pathogens. With nighttime conditions such as this, watering at night is not advised and not healthy for the turfgrass plants. We will be doing the majority of our watering during the day, so please be patient and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. You might start to see some discoloration and dry spots in the fairways simply because we are not watering at night along with the fact that we are striving to keep conditions as firm as possible in fairways this year. These spots will all come back to life as the weather starts to cool off and get back to normal. This has been an extremely challenging growing season so far and we would like you all to understand and be sensitive of the problems we are faced with in these times.

Soon it will be time for our annual aerification of greens, tees & fairways. We will start the aerification process with greens on September 5th & 6th following the Labor Day holiday weather permitting. Tees & fairways will be done in the following weeks. The whole aerification process should be completely done by September 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 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. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

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, be sure to thank them, I know they will appreciate it.

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 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!

 

Best Regards,

Jesse Shaver