Over the past two weeks an unfortunate turf malady has reared its ugly head at Carolina Golf Club. Although a true, technical name for this affliction does not exist, my superintendent peers and I have dubbed this the "ring of death" (ROD).
Bermudagrass guys please take some pix of the dreaded ring of death around green collars. We may get a research project going on causes.For those of you uninterested in why the road is closed here is all you need to know. Some bermudagrass turf adjacent to the putting greens did not survive and is being replaced with new sod as we speak. Over the the next few days if you should encounter a small army working around the putting surface of the golf hole you are playing, please pick up and proceed to the next hole. Weather permitting we should wrap up all necessary work late Thursday and "detours" will no longer be necessary.
— Dick Fisher (@dickfisher0105) May 14, 2014
|Front of 10 Green|
|Front Right of 17 Green|
|Front of 1 Green|
In order to avoid issues with weak or still partially dormant bermudagrass sod we reached out to a provider located farther south (Pike Creek Turf in Adel, Georgia). Also, the committee agreed to allow me to reach out to our friends at Golf Course Services, Inc. for their assistance with this project. With our bermudagrass turf ready for mowing, our seasonal staff just arriving and in need of training, it was imperative we get additional help in order to complete this project in the small window of opportunity provided.
|Removing Damaged Turf No. 1|
|No. 1 Ready For New Turf|
|No. 1 New Turf Installed|
Speaking of The Masters, I ran across an interesting link the other day. Andy Stanger, Head Greenskeeper of Headingley Golf Club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England served an internship at Augusta National Golf Club beginning in the fall of 2008 continuing through the 2009 Masters. I don't know if the information Andy has shared divulges any "protected trade secrets" but it is definitely a revealing glimpse behind the curtain. If you've ever watched The Masters and wondered how do they manage to obtain perfection every single year, maybe this will help you gain some perspective. CLICK HERE!
All for now, enjoy The Masters and come enjoy the course as spring looks like it is finally here to stay!
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS