|Solomon inspects the additional drainage in 7|
|New drainage on 6|
|More drainage on 2|
|New drainage on 10|
On the day I took the picture of the drainage work on the tenth hole I spotted this critter making its way up the bank between the green and white tees. It is a green horned caterpillar or tomato hornworm (Manduca quicquemaculata ) and I don't know where it was going.
|Green Horned Caterpillar|
Last week Stephen Woodard (Greens Committee Chairman) and I hosted Kris Spence to look at proposed tree planting locations in keeping with the master tree plan Kris prepared for Carolina last year. During that visit Kris recommended we remove the tree affected with bacterial leaf scorch (Monday, July 16th: Fairway Aeration Cancelled, Goldilocks and Other Stuff!) and change our grassing strategy around the mounds. (Sidebar: Do you think we need a catchy nickname for these features? I know there are some out there for a few of the bunkers on the course and areas near them but what about these mounds? Does dew drops, chocolate drops, Hershey Kisses or Himalayas strike a chord with anybody? Maybe you would prefer hummocks? I don't know, it is just a thought.) He also recommended we remove all the cool-season grasses and replace with bermudagrass sod in most of the flat terrain and the largest, most prominent mound features would be reestablished in the native short mix (native grasses). Thanks to cooperation from the Greens Committee and Board of Governors we turned this project into a quick one with GCS still on site!
|Area is stripped of all grasses yesterday!|
|Inspection of prep work early this morning!|
|Ready for grassing!|
At this stage my staff treated the mounds/hummocks with compost and hand seeded. We applied a pre-plant starter fertilizer to the entire area and then turned things back over to the GCS team. They covered the newly seeded mounds with erosion control matting and stapled into place. Once the sod truck arrived early this afternoon grass started to go down (green side up, of course) and the area took on a whole new look.
|What a Difference!|
This renovation will make a tremendous difference to the overall appearance in that area of the golf course but also to the flow of golf car traffic as it exits both the fourth and seventeenth fairways. Greater options will be afforded to me where I can place the exit point preserving turf conditions nearer the green. I will post again first part of next week and include more pictures of this area plus talk about the war on leaves and an unfortunate incident. Until then...
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent