Golf Course Update – December Memories

DECEMBER MEMORIES

Last year at this time we were under snow cover and at the time did not know we were in for another two and a half months of extreme winter conditions. The first half of December this year has included a 12 day stretch of no rain and many sunny afternoons. The forecast is calling for a few days of rain and then another long stretch of cold, but sunny days.

On the golf course over the past 10 days we were able to mow greens, tees, fairways, green surrounds and even some roughs to the tree lines. Applications of fungicides and fertilizers have been done on a regular schedule and a lime application is also being applied to help increase the pH values on greens and tees. Regular course set up and maintenance is being accomplished as much as possible within labour and weather restrictions.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Maintenance Monday – Course Opens at 10AM

Please note that this coming Monday, December 11th will be a Maintenance Monday and the golf course will open at 10:00AM.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Fungicide Treatments & Control

As recently reported we are experimenting with alternative prevention for control of the turf grass disease fusarium patch on poa annua greens. The test plot pictures shown below are located on the 9th green and tell a visual story of how the trials are going as of December 5, 2017.

All the greens on the golf course are receiving applications of fungicides, sulfur, phosphites and fertilizers to help control fusarium outbreaks. Although the trials on the 9th green are showing good results we are still seeing some disease on certain greens. I think this is due to other factors like micro climates, poa strains, soil makeup and surface moisture that contribute to reduced disease control.


Plot #3:
 Consists of scheduled fungicide applications and shows excellent control of disease.

Plot #2:  Consists of scheduled sulfur / phosphite applications and also shows very good control of disease.

Plot #1:  Is the control and is void of fungicide or sulfur / phosphite applications and shows severe disease infestation when no control products are used.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Maintenance Monday – December 4

Please note that this coming Monday, December 4th the golf course will open at 10:00AM due to morning maintenance work.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Product Applications and Use of Temporary Greens

It’s a beautiful day in November and I wonder why the Golf Course Superintendent has put the flag sticks onto the temporary greens?

We apply many products for turf health and disease control on greens from September through March during the cooler, moist and wet times of the year. The products we spray are almost all foliar applied which means pressure is used to create fine water droplets forced through a nozzle which is then applied to a surface. This solution is sprayed uniformly and precisely on the green surface and covers the leaf blades or foliage of the grass plant thoroughly. Foliar applications require time to dry on the leaf blades of the grass plant or need time for the product to be absorbed by the plant to be effective.

Weather will play a large part of success and effectiveness of the products because we cannot spray the foliar products when it’s raining or if rain or showers are expected within 24 hours of application. Shorter days and moist conditions also play a big part in the process of drying or plant uptake of these products. There are also restricted entry intervals printed on product labels that stipulate timelines for re-entry onto the sprayed sites for product effectiveness and safety reasons.

The interval between spray applications becomes another main factor for when decisions are made to apply fungicides or other necessary products. If a product needs to be applied every 14 days for success, than we may have to spray on the only day where the weather will cooperate. A decision may have to be made 1 or 2 days in advance or sometimes the morning of the application of a product due to fluctuating weather patterns. This is when the use of temporary greens will be necessary to keep staff and play off the sprayed surface until the product has a chance to dry and be effective.

These decisions are made with the top priority for health and protection from turf born diseases on our greens especially from September to March when they are most vulnerable. We always try to have as much of the golf course in play on any given day during the winter months.

Your patience is appreciated.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – November 22

Over the past few days we have received over 3 inches of rainfall and it has left its mark on the golf course. During the heavy downpours the water can accumulate quickly in low lying areas around the golf course, especially during high tides. When the rains ease and the tides are low, this allows most of the water to drain off, but does leave the surfaces very soft, saturated and slippery.

The picture above shows the 4th green site under excessive water on Wednesday morning.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Winter Three Flag System

The Links Staff have installed the three flag system on the greens for the winter months.

The three coloured flags will be in use with:

  • Red flags front
  • White flags middle
  • Yellow flags back position

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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