The summer is rolling and so are the greens and fairways. Thank you all for your patience at the end of last month as we vented all the bentgrass playing surfaces in order to protect them form the extreme heat and moisture we typically experience in Philadelphia. The weather the past few weeks has been hot and dry, but the team has pumped over a million gallons of water through hoses and our irrigation system to keep the Crest in prime condition. We are excited for the upcoming championship, best of luck to all participates.
The putting surfaces are very healthy all the work done as really improved their resilience to ballmarks and improved the overall density, leading to truer ball roll. We will continue to cut and roll the greens to maintain good speeds during the upcoming championships.
This years tee program as focused on divot filling, weed control and extra fertility. That combination seems to have the tees in even better shape then last year. Some clover has been popping up in the recent weeks, and we have been spot treating it. Divot filling is happening daily, up from 3 times a week. And we have added several lacking nutrients as a result of our most recent soil tests.
Much like the other areas, the fairways are doing great in the summer heat. Well timed chemical applications, our new mowers, and countless hours of hand watering has them dealing well with the hot and dry conditions. I do ask that everyone tries to follow the traffic stakes and signs that are out there. They are there to shift cart wear around so that no areas get so beat up sod repairs are needed. We ask to follow the arrow signs to the cart path and to drive around any area with black and white stakes, thank you.
I am sure you have seen the many new face of our team working on the course this year. We are grateful to have staffing during these challenge times with the labor market. Please bare with us as we work to train new staff members, we have seen a unusually high turnover this summer in our seasonal staff, leading to a constant cycle of on-boarding.