Weather: The weather this summer continues to be very warm, muggy and wet. As of yesterday we've had 50 days where the temperature has reached 90 degrees or above and 18 days where the temperature has equalled or exceed 95 degrees. Important to note, the temperature only reached 95 plus nine times all last year, so we've doubled that in 2019! As for rainfall, when the irrigation lake is full this time of year you know it hasn't been too dry around town. YTD we have received 36.74 inches rainfall and our summer total (since June 1st) is 13.21 inches.
One other interesting tidbit about this summer I recently learned from Brad Panovich. This summer is almost as warm as last, but the overall warmth this year has been driven by the daytime highs where as last summer's average daily temperatures were more driven by the elevated overnight lows. I explained to Brad how elevated overnight lows are more problematic and stressful to cool-season grasses like our bentgrass than extreme daytime highs. Weather geeks :)
Greens: We vented greens back on August 5th in response to the abundant rainfall. Bentgrass and too much water are not a good mix during periods of elevated soil temperatures, and this process helped alleviate some of the stresses associated with soils too wet from excessive rain events.
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Fairways: We just completed our second topdressing this growing season. Once again 300 tons of sand was applied to the 30 acres of tees, fairways and approaches. Since 2015 we've applied nearly 4000 tons of sand and as a result the overall smoothness of the playing surfaces and our ability to obtain a tighter cut is much improved.
Also, the fairways handle excessive rainfall events much better and we're not subject to lengthy periods of cart restrictions which leads to unhappy golfers. Side Note: Considering the thickness of the rough I suggest placing the tee shot in the fairway as much as possible going forward.
Other: Last time (click here) I referenced some new turf would be installed to improve overall course aesthetics. The team made quick work of the 8,000 square feet of sod eliminating several unsightly areas damaged by high traffic. I also referenced the oak tree between the 5th and 15th holes suffering from leaf scorch and as predicted, the tree has pushed out new leaves.
One of our recent overnight thunderstorms damaged the pedestrian bridge spanning the creek on hole 11. We removed the bridge, shored up the support and reinstalled. The bridge now sits at a different angle than before but rests on solid rock and shouldn't pose anymore potential issues.More work completed today on our closely mowed expansion left of No. 6! #Buried #sandman #MaintenanceMonday pic.twitter.com/mmZosq4yfg— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) August 12, 2019
And for you nature lovers, I've spotted a fawn and its mother on several occasions for several weeks, but they're always difficult to photograph. Yesterday morning while patrolling and checking the rain gauges I happened upon them in the middle of hole 8. A little blurry but best I've managed so far.
Also, seems our resident herons (there are usually two) have given birth to a little one. The images aren't the greatest as I wasn't able to get too close but I think it's the cutest thing. Definitely have to keep our eyes out for more sightings.
Anyway, that's all for now. Despite the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel we still have work to do, plus the extended weather outlook is calling for the entire second half of August to remain very warm and very humid. But, our goal each day is to present the course to you in the best condition possible. A tall order, but one this new team is getting better at each day.OMG, it’s the cutest thing ever @Ecology1BIGGA! Little Heron @CGC1929! #UrbanGolfCourse #nature pic.twitter.com/XzFqeEEEtk— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) August 10, 2019
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG