Felt like this picture really sums up our week! It will definitely be a week we will want to forget weather wise. Looking back we have only had about five hours each day where it wasn’t raining or threatening to rain. Currently we almost to 7″ in the last 7 days but we are trending in the right direction as only 0.75″ has fallen in the last 48 hours.
We are doing our best to pick up the pieces and make an impact on the golf course without causing unnecessary damage. We have not been able to mow fairways or rough at all, on either course. We have been able to mow greens everyday and MC tees as scheduled. Today we are able to mow most collars and approaches, as well as TC tees. We will be working extra hours today and through the weekend to repair all bunkers and hopefully mowing fairways and rough as soon as they are dry enough.
Also, we have had to delay finishing the sod work on the TC from our transition. The sod farm received more rain than we have and have not been able to get to the sod to cut it for us. We are hoping to take a delivery next week if everything is able to dry out.
Just a reminder that we did not aerify the MC greens this week due to the weather. Our plan is to complete this final aerification this coming Monday and Tuesday the 22nd and 23rd. This aerification will be exactly the same as our recent TC aerification using smaller, 3/8″ tines that will allow the greens to recover in roughly 10-14 days. Right now the forecast is calling for 100% chance of rain on Monday, so we are hoping that this turns out to be wrong.
MC TEE SCALPING
Not only has the rain kept us too wet to mow most areas, it has also made the turf puffy. We wanted to make you aware that our tee mowers are cutting great, but it doesn’t look that way on some tees. When the turf gets puffy from the leaf blades swelling due to the excess moisture, this is how our cut will look. If you notice the top picture we mowed what we call a 6 to 12 direction. The next time we cut, we changed to a 3 to 9 direction and saw the same results. This tells us that the puffiness and grain of the turf are the issue. We are hoping to verticut and/or use a spring tooth rake that mimics verticutting on the tees next week when we are dry enough. In combination with a break in the rain, this should help us improve the appearance of the tee after mowing.
We have still been chugging away at the tree trimming project, focused more on trees near the cart paths this week because of the rain. We will not be cutting anything new today and hope to have nearly all limbs picked up today and through the weekend. Once we are able to repair all of the bunkers on both courses, we will have more labor dedicated to cutting and picking up. Holes #1-6 have been trimmed, minus a few touch ups on the larger spanish moss trees specifically between #2 and #8.
STORM WEEK PICTURES
As you can see, the weather has been ruthless to the courses this week. Yesterday we were able to pump all of the water from the MC bunkers and began the TC bunkers. The areas around the bunkers were still soggy yesterday so we weren’t able to start repairing bunkers until this morning. We are beginning with the greenside bunkers first, on both courses. Once we finish the greenside, we will work our way back around repairing the fairway bunkers. Our goal is to finish most if not all greenside bunkers today and the rest by the end of the weekend. The crew will be working outside of their normal hours to help us catch up as quickly as we can.
NEW NURSERY GREENS
The one benefit from the rain is the new nursery green is really coming along nicely. Just two weeks since planting and we are very happy with the progress. We will be rolling and topdressing these greens as soon as the weather cooperates and hope to get our first mow on them early next week.