Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slow Recovery

Tonight we are covering a few of the South greens to protect some of the "slow" areas from the low temperatures (30's). The ridges on 16, 17 and 18 have been slow to break dormancy due to the low temperatures this month but will fully recover when consistently warm weather arrives. There is no dead turf on any of the greens.

Several low areas in fairways that hold water are dead, but they are small in size and can easily be sodded. This is routine.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Greens are healing nicely on the North Course. Last nights .65" will help expedite the repair process.

South greens are coming along nicely, more consistent temps would help. The slowest greens to recover from February's record low temps (10, 16, 17, 18) are a couple of weeks behind the other greens but will be fine by the 1st of May.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bees in Bunkers

There are many common species of solitary bees that nest in the ground. Solitary bees construct individual nest tubes, each with its own opening.

They often nest in large congregations with many nesting holes arranged very closely together.

Ground nesting bees generally prefer nesting in areas with morning sun exposure and well drained soils containing little organic matter ... like bunker faces. Tunnels are excavated in areas of bare ground or sparse vegetation and damp soils are avoided.

Solitary bees rarely sting.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14th

The schedule for today is to aerify the back 9 greens on the North and start on the North fairways. The weather looks good so between today and tomorrow we will finish everything but tees. Tees can be done in play during the season when we are fully staffed.