Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management
#6 South 1920's

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Monday, September 21, 2015


Much was accomplished during Aerification Shutdown:

South greens , tees, fairways aerified and topdressed
South greens and tees fertilized
North approaches aerified and topdressed
Drainage #1 South finished
South championship tees topdressed
Range tee aerified and overseeded

After the outing today, we'll aerify the range fairway and start herbicide applications in the rough. Fall is the best time to treat broadleaf weeds as most of the herbicide is translocated to the root system.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Course Closed Today

With the course closed for a "Maintenance Day" we were able to get much accomplished:

Drainage project #1 South
North tees aerified
US Amateur drone flyover
North rough and fairways fertilized
South greens fertilized and watered
Driving Range greens aerified
South Course Greenside bunker work/watering

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


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.