Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Here are a few pictures of the course heading into the City Amateur event this weekend.  The course is doing well and the rye grass is almost gone.  Over the next week or two the Bermuda grass will be 100 percent.  I do not see any large areas that will need to be sodded like in years past. 






Claudio is adding some wetting agent with a hose-end applicator to the bunker slopes.
This will help aid in firmer playing conditions

Another angle of the applications being applied.  This will last for a few weeks.  During the summer the humidity
does a pretty good job of holding some moisture for good playing conditions.  Most of the fluffy lies occur when the humidity drops below 50 percent.

Adding compost to weak areas

Adding compost to weak areas around the course will help these areas hold additional nutrients and water.  With
continual applications the turf will thrive better without much added care

Hanging Range Net

Fransico is hanging the net at the back of the practice range to help with lost range balls.
He was able to raise the net about 10-15 feet higher.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Aerating roughs and fairways.  These are not the latest and greatest aerators but they do a pretty decent job.  I would like to see more holes.  These hole are about 6-8 inches apart

Plugs from aerator

We use the greens aerators for the approaches and collars at the greens. This allows us to remove more plugs and create a better growing environment for the Bermuda.  This also helps control the compaction in these areas.

Number 8 tee after it was aerated

Our Mechanic Dale changing out some of the broken tines

This machine sweeps up the plugs.  It has a hydraulic lift to dump them out when the Hopper gets full

blowing the plugs off the fairways.  The next step will be to mow them. 

After we mowed the fairways we added 100lbs of ammonium sulfate per acre or roughly .5lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet .  This will help the Bermuda grass finish off the transition from rye grass to a full Bermuda grass playing surface.

We are all glad that this week is over, it was a lot of hard work by the turf care staff.   Thanks to my guys for all the hard work this week!

Greens Aeration

Aerating greens surface

1/2 inch holes on 3 inch centers

Crew cleaning plugs off of greens

More cleaning off plugs

Removing plugs from greens

Rolling greens before topdressing.  We decided to roll first since the surface was soft.  This helped to prevent tire indentations from the topdressing machine

Adding sand to the greens so the aeration holes can be filled in.  The aeration holes filled with sand allow for a great environment for new root growth and a healthy environment for the existing roots. 

This is a picture of the thickness of the sand layer we have applied to the greens for fill the holes.  The entire green will be covered with sand  We used about 55 tons of sand for this topdressing