I don't often post on my blog, but when I do, I try make it relevant and interesting. This brings me to a quote I came across from the great Bobby Jones. I will leave it with you and let you ponder it for some time before I make another blog post.
"Golf...is usually played with the outward appearance of great dignity. It is, nevertheless, a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul." - Bobby Jones
Friday, March 1, 2013
It is our goal to open the golf course as soon as possible each March so in order to do so we historically need to remove some snow off 12-15 greens. We normally begin this process in early February and continue it until we feel Mother Nature will take care of the final 1/2 inch of snow. During this process we make a point not to clear the snow down to the turf as to not damage the greens surface itself. We also ensure the areas where snow drains from the greens are clear, therefore, preventing a dam of ice from forming against a snow wall. Once this snow clearing process is complete and we have some additional snow melt, we will begin pulling green and bunker cape covers, and cleaning the elk droppings as well as any tree debris that has fallen in the past few months.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The most important aspect to ensuring healthy turf coming OUT of winter is to ensure that the turf is healthy going INTO winter and DURING winter. It's November 21st and we still have yet to winterize our irrigation system. Many homeowners in our area winterizer their home irrigation around October 15th. This is due to the fact that many of those systems are dug very shallow and/or exposed to the elements versus our irrigation system which is much deeper in the ground. Also, many home lawns have the benefit of shaded turf from the surrounding homes, trees, shrubs, or fenced yards, while the golf course, much of the turf is exposed to the wind and sun and therefore dries out much quicker. Additionally, we want to keep the turf growing as much as possible to be able to recover from the traffic. We minimize our risk of winter turf loss by keeping our irrigation system "charged" and watering as late into the fall as possible. Over the long haul, this saves us time, money, and labor. Sure, there are those times when we break a few components of the system due to the cold temperatures but having healthy turf come spring is an easy trade-off. It was only a few years ago that I talked with a local turf manager that said he had sodded $18,000 worth of turf due to winter desiccation. During that same winter we had no turf loss. So, when you see the water flying in late November, you know why.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
I often say that we try provide firm and fast conditions to our patrons with green grass an added benefit. That said, far to often I believe other facilities use the firm and fast as an excuse to not perform the need maintenance and improvements to the irrigation system. While golf isn't all about maintaining green grass, healthy grass is a need, otherwise it will soon become bare soil, especially with the heavy traffic from carts and mowing equipment. Sad to say but long gone are the days when sheep grazed the grass and golfers walk (on a regular basis).
As we continue on one of or normal Colorado summers (all 90's, all week), you may see a few "marbled" areas in the fairways pop-up - see photo. While we will prevent these areas from becoming unplayable or the turf dying, we may not be trying to get them green through overwatering. If an area is in need of supplemental irrigation, it will be through the use of handwatering techniques.