Over the past two weeks my team and I have topdressed all fairways and approaches with 10 tons per acre of sand. This is just the first of many applications over the coming years. It is our intention to only make these applications during the active growing season for bermudagrass (June-August) with the goal to apply a minimum of 30 tons per acre annually.
Over time the sand will accumulate making a well drained layer sustaining our fairways and other closely mowed areas. Another benefit with regular topdressing is the smoothing of the surface as minor dips and other imperfections are slowly smoothed out with sand topdressing making for a tighter, firmer playing surface.Now that we are topdressing fairways @CGC1929 here is this morning's obligatory photo! That is all. #cgcturf pic.twitter.com/rirEhrfaXj— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) July 7, 2015
During the same time span we core aerated all tees and collars. We removed the cores, fertilized, and topdressed with sand. The removal of cores is to alleviate the compaction from these high traffic areas in an effort to promote new growth and deeper rooting. These cultural practices are key components to building stronger, healthier turf in advance of next winter.
Wrapped up @CGC1929 #MaintenanceMonday with an "old school" aeration on front 9 tees! Core, Drag, & Blow! #cgcturf pic.twitter.com/9DlTYDL7bW— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) July 6, 2015
Managed to core aerate collars this AM @CGC1929! Cores removed, hosed off, rolled & mowed. Fert to follow. #cgcturf pic.twitter.com/BLPMTKPEpE— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) July 14, 2015
It doesn't take a meteorologist to figure out we haven't received much rainfall in recent months. One needs only to look at your neighbor's lawn, I know mine looks like toast! Since the end of April we have received less than 3 inches rain here at Carolina. Considering the warm temperatures we have been experiencing this summer, it is no surprise to see the lower irrigation pond level.
|Cove Right of Number 2|
|Current Water Level at Spillway|
It was truly a thrill for me to have the opportunity to speak to the campers and provide a little "show-and-tell" with some of the tools of greenkeeping. Hope to do it again someday!Big fun addressing the Jr. Campers this AM @CGC1929! Talked about course care, etiquette & having fun! #GrowTheGame pic.twitter.com/tnV0uShDdT— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) July 9, 2015
You may recall I announced on June 1st Bob Hall, formerly of Skybrook Golf Club had accepted the offer to become Equipment Manager of Carolina Golf Club. Bob originally hails from Andes, New York (in the Upstate) and is a 1995 graduate of SUNY, Delhi with a degree in Turf Management. Prior to moving south Bob worked at both SUNY Delhi Golf Course and Ouleout Creek Golf Course. He and his wife Maria relocated to the Greater Charlotte area in May 2001 when he started with Skybrook Golf Club.
|Placing Fairway Unit on the Lift|
|Checking Height of Cut and Sharpness|
In the beginning I mentioned a significant weather delay at this year's Open Championship. In case you were not yet awake here is a highlight.
As an avid golf historian I am pulling for Jordan Spieth to do something that has only been done once before (Ben Hogan, 1953) but there are many great players in the mix and regardless of who wins I am certain the conclusion to this most cherished championship will be thrilling. I sincerely hope each of you enjoys The Open!
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS