Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bunker Repair and End of Season Greens Spray

Our bunkers have gone through their 6th season and are in need of some repair. Most of the entrances and exits have some wear and tear issues from both equipment and efforts to keep them clear of debris. We spent most of the day on Friday reparing the left front bunker of #5.

The first thing we had to do was remove the sod along the edge to locate the actual edges of the bunker. We had to remove the excess sand that has been either blown out or drug out by our bunker rake.

We took the sod off and scraped the sand down to the soil layer and dug down along the sand until we found the original bunker edge that was done in 2012.

Once this was completed, we then laid new fescue sod and then moved the sand up against the new sod to assist in stabilizing the bunker edge over the next few months. In some cases, we will need to remove sod from the green splash side of a bunker as well. We will attempt to complete a bunker a week until sod cannot be cut from our supplier and will then begin again in late winter/spring hopefully completing most of the problem areas before spring has fully arrived. We will of course be checking sand depths and adding sand as needed as well to insure we have proper depths for our members and guests to play.

Some of you might have noticed the greens were pretty bright in color over the weekend. No, not a lot of growth taking place. We sprayed a fungicide called Civitas 
which has some late season benefits as well as early season benefits for 2019. Click on the link if you want to read more about it.


Right front edge of the #5 first bunker on the left

Arrows designate the edge of the bunker. We stripped off the sod from the tip up the arrow back up the slope. Sand hand been pushed up over the actual bunker edge so we dug down into the sand bank to find the original edge of the bunker Kyle Goalby had originally shaped.

Sand/soil mix being removed from the dge

Repaired edge with new sod. 

Sprayed the greens late last week with a fungicide which delays fall/winter dormancy and should assist in spring green up. Yes think spring!

Man Its Cold Outside(Weather Stats for November)

The ugly weather stats for November. The course was closed 9 days in November with 6 other opened days where the avg high temperature was 39 degrees so far all practical purposed closed 15 of 26 available days that we could have been open.

TEMPERATURES
                                  Observed          Normal   Depart      Last Year
                                                              Value        from
                                                                             Normal

Avg Maximum               46.2                55.5        -9.3               58.2
Avg Minimum                31.4                38.1        -6.7               38.0
Mean                               38.8                46.8        -8.0               48.1


RAINFALL

                                          2.74                3.91      -1.17              1.53


TIED 6TH COLDEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD (38.8 DEGREES).

TIED 4TH MOST OCCURRENCES WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE LESS THAN 60 DEGREES (27 DAYS).

TIED 3RD MOST OCCURRENCES WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE LESS THAN 40 DEGREES (10 DAYS).

TIED 8TH SNOWIEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD (5.2 INCHES).

TIED MOST OCCURRENCES WITH AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOWFALL (3 DAYS).

...DAILY...

1 LOW TEMPERATURE RECORD TIED (18 DEGREES ON 11/10, ALSO SET IN 1973).

4 SNOWFALL RECORDS SET OR TIED (11/15, 11/12, 11/09, 11/08).