Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Storm Damage

We came through the recent storm in pretty good shape. We lost two trees on the South: an American Beech left of #15 fairway and a Shagbark Hickory on #16. These were two native trees, here when the course was built, so that's unfortunate. All other damage was minor and will be cleaned up by next week.


#16 -  1922


Shagbark Hickory #16 South

American Beech #15

American Beech #15

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Aerification

It's just 2 weeks away: September 2nd - 4th. If the weather is conducive we'll be able to aerify most of the South Course. Fairways take the longest so those might require another two to three days to complete. Much depends on the weather.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Night Shift

This year we implemented an afternoon shift to help alleviate some of the infrastructure issues we face with an inadequate maintenance facility. By moving some of the work to the evening we free up space and equipment. It also allows us to get a "dry cut" on the range tee and moves some of this disruptive maintenance away from the morning when player access is most demanding.

As with anything we do, no strategy can succeed without great staff to implement it. I want to thank the wonderful Team we put together to accomplish this evening maintenance and they are listed below in the photo. Through rain and heat - sometimes both - these rookies did a great job. Thanks Team!


L-R
Jeremy Glod , Justin Mooney, Matt Andrus, Sean Nesbitt

Monday, July 28, 2014

Clover

 
White clover is a low growing perennial. As you can see on the golf courses, it's had a great year and is spreading rapidly by low, creeping stems. These stems are below the mowing height and that's one reason why it is so prolific. Originating in Europe it is used in foraging situations in North America and is most adaptable to cool, moist climates. It is not useful on golf courses.

Late fall is the best time to treat broadleaf weeds as the herbicide is more effectively translocated to the roots. We will treat both courses with herbicide sometime after Labor Day to eradicate the clover. Until then, know that we've got it scheduled as soon as the timing permits.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OHCC Invitational: The Piper

This is the week the members get to show off their club and this is the week the Staff gets to put on a show. From food service to the Golf Shop and the golf course, once a year we get to "tip it out". Enjoy your week!




Monday, July 21, 2014

Why Are the Hole Locations Difficult?

The moderate/easy hole locations on the South are used for the club events: Piper, Hagen, Ladies and Men's Club Championship etc. That means one week prior and one week post event all the other locations must be used. With so few locations available, it leaves the more difficult ones for every day member play.

No, we do not like to "torture" players, nor are we sadistic. To provide quality playing surfaces with so few available hole locations for regular play means using every square foot of the green surface.

back right hole location #9 South

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Encouraging Participation

 
Dylan McMaster and Arben Mana

We've had a great year so far. While the weather is a key component to turf conditions, the staff plays a bigger role in quality playing surfaces. Our staff this year is the best I've seen in a long time. Dedicated, hard working and committed to excellence. I've also noticed a quiet confidence in our Assistant Superintendents.

Our top performers encourage shared thinking. They are emotionally secure and therefore encourage ideas from other staff members and in return are active listeners. Willing to share their thoughts and ideas makes them willing to change and improve.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fungicide Applications

We have a great "crop" of Turfgrass Interns this summer. They fill an important role, treated almost as Assistant Superintendents. At a minimum, our expectations for them are the same as our Assistants. The weather this summer has resulted in very low disease pressure, but we still routinely apply products to all playing surfaces. The Interns are instrumental in correctly making those applications.

Jared Watters, Iowa State University

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Course Update

2014 is a 'recovery' year. Projects planned for this year are a lower priority due to the resources necessary to help turf recover from the harsh winter. The North Course is also in 'grow-in' mode. It is still recovering from major surgery last year.

We are catching up though. As more staff roll in, we are able to focus on some of the regular detail maintenance like bunkers, trimming and edging. Greens are doing fine and our target is on track for 100% recovery by mid-June.




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Staff Training

Each spring in early May, we set aside one Monday morning for staff training. Stations are set up to cover specific topics like bunker raking or fairway mowing, and the crew rotates every 20 minutes between stations. In addition to our routine daily training, this day helps us explore larger issues like culture, behavior and self-improvement.