Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management
#5 Green South Course 1930's

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Irrigation 2015

Timely rains have reduced our need to irrigate the golf courses. Our water usage YTD is about 50% below our long-term average. This is good for playing conditions, costs and resources. Much of the water we have used is for irrigating fertilizers after their application.

Friday, June 12, 2015


We've missed most of the rain today, less than .10" fell today.

We applied fertilizer to #15 fairway North to force a little growth and recovery. Mowing rough is a top priority with the annual flush of growth that occurs in cool season grasses.

Annual bluegrass seedhead production has slowed so the South greens will improve quickly. No other projects are planned for the moment ... it's all hands on course maintenance.

Friday, June 5, 2015


Drainage project on #12 South was finished on Wednesday night. Thanks to the staff for pushing to get this done. No other immediate projects are planned except for non-disruptive aerification of select tees, fairways and roughs.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Update 6/1/15

2.6" of rain fell over the last 72 hours. The courses took the water extremely well due to all of the drainage we have installed over the last 17 years. Thank you to the club for making this investment.

We continue draining wet areas. This week we start a small project in the landing zone on #12 South. It will be completed by Friday night.

A few of the North tees will be aerified this week, there should be no disruption in play.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rain - Course Conditions

.50" last night. The golf courses were dry heading into yesterday, so they took the moisture well, carts OK both courses.

The annual bluegrass on the South greens is prolific. It will be another week or so before it calms down.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Update 5.22

The golf courses have dried out nicely and firmer playing conditions will prevail for the next 2 or 3 days. Greens will be excellent this weekend until the next wave of showers roll through.

We are now fully staffed. Training will take another couple of weeks and then we'll be in our maintenance routine. Projects will be minimal over the next 90 days as we focus almost entirely on daily playing conditions.

Fairway 'deep tine' aerification will continue as weather permits.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


2" of rain over the weekend and Monday has left the rough long and tough! Today is the first day we've been able to mow fairways and rough, we'll stay until we get caught up.

Herbicide applications continue this week and fairway deep tine aerification too. As summer staff arrives they'll spend a couple of weeks training and then we can get into a maintenance routine.

Annual bluegrass (poa) is seeding now and with the wet weather, green speeds may not be what we'd like. Growth regulator applications will help that and green speeds will be more "normal" in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Current Projects

  • All of the North tree stumpholes have been sodded.
  • The wall work on #12 North is nearing completion.
  • Winter damaged areas in the fairways are being seeded.
  • 'Deep Tine' aerification of South fairways is ongoing.
  • Flowers for the clubhouse grounds arrived yesterday and planting will continue into next week.
  • Herbicide applications start this week. Fall remains the best time to treat for broadleaf weeds.
  • Mulch for clubhouse grounds was delivered yesterday and will be installed over the next two weeks.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


South greens were topdressed yesterday. It takes 2-3 days for the sand to completely disappear so the greens will be really good by mid-week. We continue work along the seawall at #12 North. The stumpholes from this winters tree removal program have been sodded or seeded.

10-day weather forecast looks awesome:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Mixed snow and sleet today has the turf on hold. Until consistently warm soil temperatures occur, not much growth will occur.

We're out doing/finishing projects.