Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rain/Humidity and Prep for Father Child Tournament

The turf care staff will be making final preperations over the next couple days for the father child tournament.  We will be double cutting and rolling to achieve good playing conditions on the greens along with daily mowing of the fairways and teeing areas.  We are alittle behind from years past, due to the recent rains that have caused some minor delays in maintaining the course.

Since last friday we have recieved close to four inches of rain.  The rain has been good for washing in the fertilizer that was applied last week to the fairways and tees.  The Bermuda grass is growing like crazy! With all the rain we have been forced to stop mowing fairways for a few days.  We have had to raise mowing heights in these areas for a few days to help catch back up.  After each mowing we will lower mowers back down in small incremates to achieve a tighter turf. This rapid growth is a added bonus with transitioning from rye grass to Bermuda grass for the summer playing conditions. 

Fan use:  We usually put the fans out for the greens after the Father Child tournament but with the amount of rain we have had and the very humid conditions, I have decided to install the fans this week to give the bentgrass some added support.  The fans will be in operation 24 hours a day unless the temperture drops or the humidity drops to an exceptable range.
Fine Creek is full a flowing fast.  That is not the norm for this time of the year

Installing the fan on #4 greens site

A little hard to see but the fan for #9 green has been relocated to a center positon behind the green.  We have tried it at the back and front locations of the green to try and hind it but it as not been as succesfull.  We find that we get the maxiumum benefit out of the fans, if it is mounted no further than 100-115 feet. 

Another angle of #9 green site and fan

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