We are nearing the end of June and the Crest is having a great season. This week is forecasted to be nice and cool, which will help our turf going into July. The team is working on maintaining our current conditions through the long hot summer days.
The venting, verticutting and topdressing last week has helped the greens lose the algae layer that was starting to develop. The greens are getting back to putting great again. Thank you again for your patience as we completed that necessary agronomic work. We do not plan on any other disturbance until the scheduled August aeration.
A major goal of the agronomy team this year was to improve the approaches. We have taken many steps to treat them more like an extension of the putting surface. This week we continued that program by repeating the venting, verticutting and topdressing on the approaches. Because the grass is cut higher, the approaches will be fully recovered even faster.
The fairways are having a much better year then last year. It seems many of the improvements to the agronomy program that we have made are really starting to pay dividends. This week, we solid tine and applied granular fertilizers and wetting agents to spots on the fairways that traditionally struggle during the summer. These spots are a mix of high traffic areas to areas were the soils are prone to hard panning. Next week we will be applying a granular fertilizer to all the fairways to help them deal with the heat stress.
Thank you all for all your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.