- Softened conditions which contribute to bigger ball marks, spike marks and poor ball roll out.
- Removes oxygen from the soil and creates a anaerobic or oxygen deprived soil profile which contributes to poor root systems and easily damaged turf.
- Encourages disease both surface borne and root.
- Encourages poa annua to become the dominant turf because it loves excess moisture.
- Elevated soil temperatures during the summer heat which can damage root systems. Moisture is a great conductor of heat.
One of our worst greens for this issue was #5. I was hoping to get this situation corrected last fall during the bunker project but we were just too strapped for time. The moisture from last week softened conditions enough today and we tackled the problem right before lunch. We removed one pass 18" of green height sod from the front of 5 green since it was beginning to elevate up to the collar. We removed about 12' of collar/approach sod and laid it out to use over once the soil was leveled. We left about 6' of sod on the outer edge of both sides of the approach. Once the sod was removed, we took out 1-3" of excess sand which had built up over the years. Upon removal of the sand, the sod was laid back in place. We will be lightly sanding the sod cracks to reduce the potential for the sod to dry out and will do some light topdressing before winter sets in. Once the turf begins growing again next spring, we will do some additional smoothing of the surface with sand. The overall health of 5 green should improve with the evacuation of excessive water from the front area of the green.
|Staff cutting pieces of the approach on #5 and laying it on the boards in the order it was removed.|
|Same as above.|
|The finished product. This area will be painted as Ground Under Repair. Please walk around this area the rest of this season and please move your ball from this area before playing your next chip or putt.|