Needless to say the course was anything but firm and fast! But since June arrived the skies have dried long enough for us to complete a long list of cultural practices aimed to improve growing conditions over the coming summer months. On June 1 and 2 we completed our last planned aerification to the putting greens. This was the same solid-tine procedure we performed at this time last year. The greens were topdressed with 50 tons sand prior to the operation followed by hand brooming the sand into the holes.
While all that was going on, we simultaneously tackled the deep fairway verticutting and topdressing. You may recall last year the course was closed five consecutive days to allow all these agronomic practices to be completed without interruption. With club operations still not fully back to pre-coronavirus levels it was decided to only close two days this year resulting in us continuing to peck away at the processes around play Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
In fact, when Maintenance Monday arrived we still needed to verticut the 13th, 17th and 18th fairways plus topdress the 1st, 2nd, 10th and 11th fairways too. We managed to complete that work two days ago while core aerifying and topdressing all tees. To be honest, we technically didn't finish fairway topdressing till yesterday, again working around play. Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
I also want to thank Mother Nature for turning the spigot off long enough for us to complete our work without delay, and please feel free to turn it back on and help the course recover. ;) We actually did receive one-quarter inch rain overnight, the first measurable rainfall since May 30.
Next up on our list is the installation of fans, mowing of all warm-season natural/native areas, and when the pool renovation is complete we will install new landscape material around the perimeter. You may also recall a club email from early March that referenced the decision to install SubAir at the 12th green. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak we had hoped that project would be completed last month. Obviously, we have been dealing with delays but the good folks at SubAir/TurfBreeze are optimistic we will have everything installed and operational before the end of this month, so stay tuned for more updates!
That's all for now, time to get the team mowing as the Bermudgrass thrives in these warm, humid conditions. Feels more like July than June, but then again summer in the Carolinas is always toasty. You can almost hear the rough getting thicker. ;)
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG