Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management
Piper Invitational 2015

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Piper Invitational

As we get ready for this week's Invitational, I'm reminded that all of the work we do prior to the event is the work that matters. Any tournament or Major Championship is built on a foundation of planning and agronomic practices instituted months or years in advance. Whether it's the US Open, British Open or Oakland Hills Piper Invitational, turf conditions are dictated by all of the things done well before the event starts.

Aerification, topdressing, spraying are all planned out well in advance of tournament week. So when we ask for access on the golf course, it's with a purpose in mind: superior playing surfaces for some future championship.



Monday, July 6, 2015

Update 7.6.2015

Much accomplished today with the golf courses closed until 2:00. Spraying rough areas with 'grub' control was essential on a day like today: no play and perfect weather. We were also able to run and check irrigation heads, which is difficult during play. The driving range looks awesome; thanks to the night shift for spending the time and effort.

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

6/12/2015

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

6/5/2015

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

Update

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.