Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Slicing fairways

We are slicing fairways to promote laterial growth along with increasing water filtration.  This process can be completed several times through-out the summer with very little disruption for our members.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer topdressing program

During the summer months we switch from our medium rate topdressing to a lighter topdessing program.  The lighter rate allows us to apply it with push spreaders verses using the bigger pull behind unit.  The lighter rate, along with less traffic is one more step to reduce stress to the bentgrass greens during the summer times.  The benefit of the sand is that it allows for a firmer playing surface, aids with drainage and air flow around the crown of the plant, along with thatch reduction.

The greens receive approximately 350 lbs of sand per green.  This is performed weekly until the first week of September.

As you can see in this picture we instruct our staff to stay off of the bentgrass collars with the sand. The collars take more abuse through out the summer which can lead to decline.  We have found that not applying sand during the summer has helped with managing the collars in the heat.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Good,Bad and the ugly of Rye to Bermuda grass transition

Here is some information about the fairway program at the Foundry.  We overseed our fairways during September each year to provide nice playing conditions for a longer time frame throughout the year.  Each year the Bermudagrass goes dormant (brown) during October.  It stays dormant until May. The overseeding allows for a nice greens canopy for the golfers to play from along with adding some recovery from divots. Since divots can be filled with sand and seed.

The fairway transition has been slower this year than the last 4 years.  This is something that we can not fully control.  The Foundry golf club has set its foundation for providing the best playing condition for its members and guest for our golfing season. Historically the Foundry does not see many golf rounds during July and August Therefore,the transition time from Rye to Bermuda grass provides a ample time line for us to grow in some of the spotty  areas.  Here are some pictures showing areas where the rye grass has burned out faster than the Bermuda grass has recovered. These areas will continue to fill in.

We choose not to sod every blimish since these areas are stronger in the long run than sod will be.  When sodding it does not give enough time for the sod to mature before overseeding takes place again during September.

This is a picture of number 8 fairway going through a slow transition. This hole receives less sunlight than the others and has added to a slow transition time frame   
Here is a picture showing a traffic impact zone from mowers turning.  This added stress has forced the rye grass out earlier than we liked but the Bermuda grass will fill in over a couple weeks

Here is a picture of hole number 5., You see that the entry point to the fairway is still slow and will need some extra care for it to completely fill in

   Here is a picture taken of 14 fairway.  This fairway receives full sunlight.  It is about 2 weeks ahead of the fairways on the front side due to a better growing environment.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Transitioning of fairways from rye to Bermuda

We are still in the process of transitioning the fairways from the winter rye to Bermudagrass.  We have applied our last full application of fertilizer to the fairways this morning.  About 95 percent of the golf course is covered.  We will still need alittle patience and extra care to completely fill in the other areas.  All these areas will be filled in by the end of the month.