The golf course agronomy team is still on course! We have reduced staffing levels to minimize our exposure to the virus, but we are continuing to maintain all programs and systems for the golf course. Thankfully, the warm weather of late winter allowed us to be several weeks ahead of normal scheduling, and the cool weather of the last few weeks has kept the growth of the grass minimal.
The team is keeping up with all the mowing. In the weeks before the global pandemic: tees were aerated; all of the spring maintenance was completed in the bunkers and the clubhouse landscaping was completed. Last week we were able to spray nearly 70 acres of the rough and fescue with the first round of our new weed control program. This week we applied our first fungicide to the greens and mowed all of the playing surfaces.
The agronomy team will be here as long as it is safe and legal, making sure RiverCrest Golf Club is prepared to have a great golf season this year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
The first signs of spring have begun to show! The cherry trees behind the 14th green are starting to bloom their beautiful magenta flowers. On the golf course, the grounds staff has done the first cuts on all of our playing surfaces, mulched the clubhouse landscaping and completed spring bunker maintenance.
As we wait for warmer days and growing grass the team will begin to get ahead of our early season agronomy practices. Tees will be aerated this week, but remember we are not aerating the greens until mid-June, the rough and fescue areas will receive their first round of pre-emergent herbicides, and we will be slicing the fairways in the coming weeks.
It is always such a joy for us to see golfers coming back to the course after a long winter! Thank you for all your support, and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.