Golf Course Update – November 15

The past few days have seen some very high winds leave a lot of debris across the entire golf course. Although our staff can do very little as far as clean up during these extremely windy days, the next days and weeks will be spent blowing, raking and picking up the debris left behind.

We are also installing three cups on each green and will start using these pin placements on a daily basis. The two mains reasons for this is to move the wear and tear on the greens surface as needed and allows us to move the pin position when we are unable to cut fresh holes.

We will also be combining the blue and white tee markers to reduce the wear and tear on tees throughout the winter months. The red and green markers will stay intact and will be moved as needed for daily play.

Also a reminder that the Links Staff will be placing the artificial mats on the par 3 holes and the short par 4 holes to save the tees from damage that cannot recover until spring. Please use these mats when in play to help reduce winter tee damage.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Greens Fungicide Application

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Be advised that we plan to spray a fungicide application on greens this Friday, November 10th and will have temporary greens in play for a portion of the morning until the product dries on the greens surface.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Golf Course Update – October 31

With the change in weather over the past week we have been able to travel throughout the golf course more freely and accomplish a few fall tasks.  Some of the tasks accomplished were mowing the roughs across the entire golf course, leaf clean up, mowing and rolling greens, fungicide application and top-dressing green surfaces.  Light sand top-dressing of greens from October to March has been a focus over the last few years when weather permits to help with disease control, reduce thatch levels and will smooth out the putting surface for playability.

It is also that time of year when we start to experience frosty mornings on the course which will create delays for play until the frost lifts. The Links Staff is also directed not to travel on frozen turf and are trained to travel under the trees, park and walk to their work sites until conditions improve.  Frost can melt off within a short time or can last most of the day depending on weather conditions and temperatures. We don’t allow play on the golf course until the frost is 80% clear from tees and fairways, but must be 100% clear on greens surfaces before they are open to play or traffic.  When the top inch of soil surfaces on greens is frozen we will also restrict traffic until conditions improve to protect the grass plants.

Golf Course Superintendent
Wade Hawksworth

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Greens Fungicide Application

Be advised that we plan to spray a fungicide application on greens this Thursday, October 26th and will have temporary greens in play for a portion of the morning until the product dries on the surface.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Golf Course Update – October 23

Since the beginning of October we have received 170 mm of rain and counting. The course generally soaked up the first couple of heavy rainfalls with minimal standing water. However, as the rains continued the soil became saturated, creating more surface water due to slower percolation through the soil profile and into the drain systems.

We have started the leaf and debris clean up on a daily basis and mowing has become less needed due to reduced growth. Temporary greens have been marked, seeded and top-dressed ready for use when needed. Cleaning drain lines, raising sprinklers and valve repairs are also scheduled over the next few months.

This time of year we reduce our staff levels in accordance with our annual operating budget which will reduce the general maintenance performed on the golf course over the next 5 months.  Maintenance is also restricted by weather and ground conditions and will be conducted on a maintenance priority basis.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Golf Course Update – September 27, 2017

The slit drains that were installed on greens #1 and #15 have healed enough where they can withstand daily traffic.  The 1st hole has been opened for the past week and #15 has been reopened today.  We appreciate your patience during the closure of these greens. We still plan to have slit drains installed on #7 green this fall if the contractor can squeeze us in within the next two weeks.

Recovery from the aeration process is going very well in all areas of the golf course. Many areas around the course also received some extra attention due to the loss of turf during the last few months of the driest summer on record. These areas have had extra punching, seeding and were sand top-dressed with an organic content for improved germination and recovery.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Ball Marks on Greens

It is very important that players take the time to repair their ball marks on greens on a daily basis.  Every ball mark represents a blemish on a green that will take time to heal if it is not addressed as soon as possible. This is especially true after aeration, due to the bruising effect of sand on the surface.

Please take a little extra time to perform this important piece of player etiquette to help us maintain healthy greens surfaces at the club.

Thank you,

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted in Home | Leave a comment