Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hot Temperatures, Singing the Blues

Well, the heat is on today and for the next week. Why not join us in the Clubhouse Friday night. Cajun/Creole food and one of the best in the Blues business in STL Leroy Pierson. 6:30 Buffet, 8 to 10 to here Leroy.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Extreme Heat, Caution Prevails

A successful Member/Guest as being told by both our members/guests with just a few scars on a couple of greens, we now head into consecutive 100 degree days and upper 70's to 80 degree nights. 

We will be alternating between mowing greens one day and rolling greens the next instead of mowing until we get through what could be the hottest week of the season. We are also raising the height of our mowers by .005 thousandths of an inch. Don't freak out! That is just a little more than the thickness of 1 piece of typing paper. It does increase the surface are by 4% which is significant when dealing with a plant mowed at 1/8". Don't forget to come see us, just do it earlier or later in the day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Excellent Article On Bunkers

Excellent article from the USGA regarding bunkers and the reasons why they might play different from bunker to bunker.


http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/regional-updates/west-region/2017/five-reasons-why-bunkers-are-not-consistent.html

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bermuda Eradication Part Deux Hundred

First early morning arrival to the course in a while. Don't miss getting up at 4:30 but do miss the course waking up. Shot a little Bermuda Eradication video and yes we will be killing some Bermuda after the Invitational. I have not sprayed this year due to some weakness in the Zoysia.
 Fairways overall continue to improve with some filling in needed on 1,2 and 4. Tees were aerated last week, fairways were spiked which is the reason for the little slices with the brown edges where they dried out. Most of those areas have recovered. Yes and I have the finger ready for the video!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Repairs to 7 Tee Completed

The staff completed the renovation to the front of the white tee on 7 today. It was backfilled with soil, 3 drain lines were dug across it to reduce water pressure in the bank to hopefully stop the hillside from sloughing off again. Sod was laid on it today. 

To our young walkers, please stay off this area or you might end up injured from wet and soft conditions. Should be good to go in 2-3 weeks.


Skip using a mini-excavator to trench across the bank.



Laying the sod. Decided to use Bermuda grass due to its ability to deeper rooting and survive the summer heat.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Greens Venting

Greens were vented today by the staff. We use our deep-tine machine with 5/16" venting tine which places a hole about every square inch or two in a little over 2 acres of greens/collars. Venting is performed to exchange good gas for bad. 02 oxygen good, CO2 carbon dioxide in higher levels bad if green surfaces are not opened up to allow the bad gas out.

The venting also helps improve water infiltration into drier areas and evacuation of water in wetter areas. Rooting is also improved with this process as is microbial activity which has a very positive effect on the plants. There is a battle going on in our root zone between harmful pathogens and those tiny creatures that help offset disease. Holes are not disruptive to ball roll for the most part and will closed in just a few days.

 https://youtu.be/pK3aBmLR2B8



https://youtu.be/f1eBBgiiHUc


Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Stress, Make Changes or Face Consequences

As we push through some early stressful weather, a reminder that turf, especially 1/8" height greens can be impacted severely as summer stress continues into July and August. Pushing greens to their limits is a razor edge margin between success and failure. I tend to want to be on the side of success, not death. There are things we do to reduce stress. Roll more, now less. Slightly raise heights to provide just enough safety, needle tine or vent greens to improve oxygen content in greens. Nice article from @usga below.

http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/forethegolfer/2017/how-does-summer-heat-stress-affect-my-game-.html