It is getting hot out there! Mid - July is one of the most stressful times of year for the health of the golf course. All of the heat and drought stress of the season combined with consistent warm nights takes a toll on the grass. The Crest continues to roll with the punches and our course remains in good health during these trying times. The other week when we received 7 inches of rain in total and had two cool nights back to back. This was a big agronomic relief for the course. It was like giving the grass a big Gatorade and two days off!
On the course our team has been busy hand watering and syringing the grass to keep it in the best condition possible. Syringing is the application of a light film of cool water to reduce heat stress of the grass. The use of the pogo moisture meter and our highly trained team of agronomists has been vital to the health of our fine turf. Thank you so much for your patience during our afternoon syringing.
Even with all this heat we have taken on two different cultural practices to improve the golf course. Last Tuesday, the tees were core aerated, topdressed and fertilized. This aeration is part of our ongoing strategy to improve the overall vigor of the tees. To date this is the third core aeration for this calendar year. This Tuesday, our team verticut, topdressed, and fertilized the greens. These practice are part of our organic layer management program.
Thank you again for all your support. Please stay safe out there in the heat. Remember to hydrate to dominate!
Summer is now in full swing and the grounds team is busy sweating the small things. As we adjust to the new normal we are investing time and effort to making sure all the details on the course are take care of. The team has completed a mid-season bunker depth check to insure the continued consistency of the bunkers. Our assistant superintendents have spot treated any weed that have popped up in our fescue areas. We are in the process of edging out all of the irrigation heads and we are doubling down in or effort to fill every divot on the course.
The past few weeks of hot and dry weather have provided some of the best conditions of the season. It has led to a lot of long days for the staff managing the moisture on the putting greens and other playing areas. I hope that you all have enjoyed the firm and fast golf course and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!