Golf Course Update – Dec. 5

With colder temperatures in the forecast it was time once again to blow out our irrigation system on Monday in preparation for the coming winter. Next week we will be preparing for some much-needed maintenance and parts replacement in our pump house for the 2019 golf season. Now that we are into December, the majority of our staff have been laid off with the exception of a few full-time employees.

The 5th green will continue to be monitored over the coming weeks and remain closed until further notice. A permeable tarp has been installed on the 5th green while colder temperatures are present in order to keep frost off the green and aid in turf recovery. This tarp will be removed daily once in full sun and then replaced at end of day to protect the turf grass from colder temperatures.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – November 21

The recent weather has brought beautiful clear sunny days along with frosty cold mornings. Although our ability to maintain the golf course in a traditional manner has been hindered by frosty mornings, the Links Crew have been staying productive in other ways. The maintenance building is getting some much-needed cleaning and re-organizing inside and out along with some power washing of the building’s exterior and equipment.

Earlier this week we were busy getting in as much mowing as possible on the golf course before the forecasted heavy rains arrive. The greens, tees and aprons received an application of our sulphur and phosphites fertility program as well as a sand top-dressing applied to all the greens.

With divot recovery slowing due to cooler temperatures, we will be installing the artificial mats onto our par 3 tees until warmer conditions return next spring. Please refrain from hitting off the grass so we may provide the best playing conditions possible to our membership in 2019.

In addition to the artificial mats, we will also be implementing the 3 cup changing system on the greens over the winter months. With frosty mornings and potentially frozen putting surfaces in which we are not able to penetrate with our auger, this system will allow us the ability to move the pin location quickly once the frost has lifted.

To date the greens are clean of disease and holding up very well heading into winter. We will continue to monitor the health and recovery with the front of the 5th green. With cooler temperatures and turf growth slowing, preventing foot traffic as well as equipment on this green will only aid in its recovery process. We appreciate your understanding and patience with this matter.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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GOLF COURSE UPDATE – NOVEMBER 9

This Monday we took advantage of the good weather and vented the greens followed by some over-seeding, a light sand top-dressing and a roll. Venting is the practice of creating small non-disruptive holes in the putting surface for the purpose of improving gas exchange, increase water filtration, and stimulation of new root growth. With regular mowing and rolling, these small holes will close up within 4 to 5 days.

The 1st tee renovation is well on its way and I must say gives the tee complex a clean and fresh look. Some minor alterations with the stairs and capping repairs along with the sodding of the tee will be completed by the end of the week. As previously mentioned, this tee deck will be closed for use until the spring of 2019.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – October 24

On Monday, October 22nd we were able to apply a light top-dressing to all of our greens on the golf course. Light and frequent sand top-dressings, as well as raising our mowing height, into the winter months will aid in turf health and protection from winter desiccation and disease pressure. Sand top-dressing will also provide a consistently smoother putting surface in topping off any aeration holes remaining on the greens.

On Tuesday, October 23rd all of the overgrown plant material in the garden bed beside #12 ladies tee was removed and will be re-vamped in the coming days. This clean out has been talked about on many occasions and was long overdue. Fall cleanup on the golf course is going well as the staff continue to do their best in keeping the course playable with minimal debris in play.

We have also contracted a company to start the cleanup and grinding of all our pruning’s and tree debris from the year that have accumulated out on our Turf Farm. This process will usually require a few days of work to cleanup and remove off site.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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GOLF COURSE UPDATE – OCTOBER 17

It’s hard to believe that we are half way through October already but we did have beautiful weather for our fall aeration and the next 7 days looks very promising. During our closure, the slit drainage scheduled for #7 green was installed. The sod work on the 7th green has been tamped, rolled and top-dressed a couple times now and we will continue to lightly top-dress the sod over the coming weeks to aid in the recovery process. We have continued with some over-seeding on the fairways and high traffic rough areas over the last week. The greens are recovering very well to date as well as the rest of the golf course.

Over the next few months the staff will be working hard to keep up with all the mowing, blowing clippings, and leaf clean up on a daily basis. With cooler temperatures and a few soft frosts in the mornings recently, we will be slowly raising our greens height to encourage a healthy turf stand and minimize stress to the greens going into the winter months. Raising our greens height of cut will give us a better chance to combat the Fusarium disease pressure as well as protect the plant from colder temperatures of winter desiccation.

On Tuesday, October 2 we were able to apply a preventative fungicide application to our greens to protect them from Fusarium disease as the greens are in recovery mode from aeration. We will continue to monitor the greens health and disease pressure daily and implement the necessary applications as needed. Most recently on Monday, October 15th we implemented another fungicide application to the greens and are hoping to see longer lasting results in maintaining control of future disease.

With the aeration of the greens, the playing surface is softer and more susceptible to large ball marks and disruption to the putting surface. Please remember to fix your ball marks as well as one or two others so that the putting surfaces will be more enjoyable for everyone.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – September 26

Aeration of the golf course is going well so far on the start of day three with over half of the property being punched, sanded, brushed and seeded.  The weather has been great which makes the whole aeration process go smoother. There is still a lot to be done over the next couple of days and we are still on track to open Friday morning. After the aeration, our greens mowing heights will be set higher to maintain turf health and to improve disease resistance through the cool weather seasons.

We also have the contractors in this week to install slit drainage on the 7th green. The construction techniques used on this green were very poor with sub-par soils used for the root zone mix and very little tile drainage installed. We have installed this type of drainage in 4 other greens around the golf course with improved results for surface and interior drainage. We will have the 7th green on a temporary until early next week.

Maintenance mornings are scheduled regularly throughout the next 6 months from October to March. These days are generally used to improve the health of the turf, but most importantly for applications of fertilizers and fungicides for disease control. Weather conditions are very important for these applications because dry weather is needed for most of the products to adhere to the grass plants. If the weather does not cooperate on the scheduled maintenance day, we may have to suspend tee times with short notice on a clear morning to apply fungicides when necessary.

There are a few projects the Links staff will be accomplishing in October including removal of the overgrown boxwood hedge surrounding the first tee and re-sodding along with the cleanup and re-planting of the garden at the 12th tee.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – September 13

Over the past 2 weeks we have been overseeding fairway areas with ryegrass with very good results in germination thanks to the wet weather we have been dealing with. We have also overseeded our test fairway sites with bentgrass and will hopefully see some results soon as bentgrass takes longer to germinate than ryegrass.

Reminder #1 is that next Monday September 17th is a maintenance day and the course will be closed until 10:00 am.

Reminder #2 is aeration week is scheduled for September 24 to 27 and the course scheduled reopening is on the 28th.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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