I complimented Mother Nature earlier as she gets a very big assist with the conditions of the golf course during the Club Championship (cooler temperatures and lower humidity equals faster putting greens). There were two interesting articles in the Charlotte Observer this past Saturday. Bruce Henderson's article on zoysiagrass lawns becoming more popular ("Lawns Taking a Less Thirsty Path to Green") made reference to this past July as being the 3rd hottest on record (dating back to 1895). Also, Steve Lyttle's piece "Wet Autumn in the Offing" noted this past July was the hottest in nearly 20 years and the Climate Prediction Center is predicting temperatures and precipitation to be above normal over the next three months. Considering we are already at 4.88 inches rain for the month maybe they are on to something...guess we will just have to wait and see!
I guess at this point you have heard enough about the weather and you want to know what I did to the greens yesterday and today and when your golfing conditions will be back to normal. The fall aeration of our putting surfaces is the same as spring. In other words we are more aggressive with a larger tine size (equates to a larger hole) and we topdress very heavily (more sand).
|Looks a little something like this!|
I mentioned last time Golf Course Services, Inc. would be on site during this time to install some additional subsurface drainage on a few holes (2, 6, 7, 8 and 10). I am happy to report the crew began work yesterday on the 8th hole and work continues there today.
|Golf Course Services, Inc.|
|Trenching in drain along cart path #8|
They will be working at Carolina for a couple of weeks or more depending on the weather, etc. In an effort to accommodate the important work they are performing for us, starting tomorrow we will be shortening the golf hole where they are currently working. Their plan is to work on only one hole at a time until complete. In an effort to prohibit holding up their progress and more importantly placing them in potential harms way, my staff will relocate all tee markers (green, white, blue and black) to the fairway beyond the area where they are working. You will still be able to play the hole it will just play shorter for a day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and I plan to post more pictures and updates to the blog showcasing their work so please check back!
Until next time...
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent