Greetings from the Maintenance Shed. Hope this finds you all well and gearing up for a great golf weekend! We have spent a large portion of the week working on details ahead of this weekends Club Championship. Bunkers and cart path’s have been edged as well as irrigation heads around greens, drainage basins, and tee yardage markers. We began edging and spraying beds around the Club House, 18, and 10. We will be selectively adding pine straw to these beds as part of our fall landscape plan.
Bunker work has progressed at a slower than anticipated pace this week on #12 due to some issues we uncovered. Due to severe slopes of the floor and depth of the bunker drainage we will be adding soil to raise the floor of the bunker. This will help us to minimize the slopes around edges and increase the holding capacity of sand on those faces, as well is improve the drainage gradients throughout the bunker. We hope to have that bunker wrapped up next week and move on to the next one.
This week we took delivery of all 60,000 pounds of seed for the annual fall over-seed of the Tournament Course as well as the range, practice facilities, and clubhouse grounds. We have worked all summer to make these areas as healthy as possible with sound fertility and agronomic practices, and soon we will shift gears and begin our seed prep. This will entail lowering mowing heights, vertical mowing and/or grooming, and chemical applications to slow down the bermuda and allow the Ryegrass the best environment to germinate. Please reference the following tentative schedule for the 2016 overseed.
2016 Tenative Overseed Schedule
October 17-November 6: Member side of the range and chipping green will be closed, all usage will be on Tournament side.
November 7 – November 25: Tournament side of the range will be closed including Chipping Green and Putting Green.
Tournament Course– Course will close November 1 for over-seed. We anticipate a 3 week closure to allow proper germination and establishment. We will update you on the firm closing date as we get closer.
Clubhouse grounds and 1st Tee: The clubhouse lawns will be over-seeded the week of October 17th weather permitting. The First Tee facilities will be over-seeded once their Fall Activities have ended, which should be around the middle of November. We ask that you exercise extreme caution when utilizing the facilities and navigating around these areas during that time so we can have minimal damage and the best possible germination and establishment.
As always, the schedule will be dependent upon Mother Nature. We will update you of any changes to scheduling as they happen.
We had another great week in the Wetlands, cleaning up all rogue tree and and overgrown plant materials. We have completed all the major tee and sight lines areas and will be moving on to some secondary and out lying areas in the coming week.
As always, thanks for following along and feel free to contact us with comments and concerns. Hope you have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you out at your club.
-GCOH Agronomy Team