By now many of you have heard about, and possibly seen the damage to the golf course caused by the extreme winter weather. Over the last few weeks we have been cautiously promoting recovery through seeding and fertilizing affected areas. These efforts combined with some favorable weather conditions have helped some areas recover, and have revealed the areas that suffered complete loss of turf.
|April 14, 2015|
Now that we have identified the areas that will require additional attention we are taking a more aggressive approach. In the fairways we have begun seeding a modern variety of bentgrass into the dead areas. This will result in a more durable, reliable stand of turf that will be able to tolerate extreme weather in all four seasons. The areas that showed the most severe damage on greens are found on holes 4, 5, 7, and 9. Yesterday we aerified, seeded, and fertilized the damaged areas (including the entire 5th green). The idea is that the seed/fertilizer combination will either fill in the voids with new bentgrass plants, or the fertilizer will push the remaining turf to fill in the voids.
The damage to the 5th green was rather extensive, and therefore we have decided to close the green and cover it to increase the soil temperatures. Elevated soil temperatures will promote germination of the seed and help any plants that survived resume growth. The plan is to leave the cover on for one week and assess the recovery before the spring Member/Member.
|April 23, 2015|
I can assure you that I am the last one who wants to close any greens, but I also don’t want to be dealing with winter a minute longer than I have to. The good news is that the rest of the course is emerging from the winter beautifully. The fairways are glowing and the bentgrass on the greens looks as good as I have ever seen. Hopefully it won’t be long before we are able to resume our normal greens maintenance programs that provide the firm, smooth, fast greens that we all enjoy at Pine Orchard.