A cool crisp fall has settled into the Crest. Multiple days of heavy frost have slowed down the growth of the grasses on the golf course. The team is working on getting the course ready for winter. Final agronomy work is being done to all the playing surfaces, leaves are being cleaned up, bushes and grasses are being pruned back and seed and fertilizer is being applied. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away!
The putting surfaces are slowing down with the cooler weather. Our biggest challenge has been keeping the leaves off them in during the windy afternoons. We are planning to complete our "spring" greens aeration the week after Thanksgiving. We will do our best to complete the process without impacting anyone golfing each day.
Late fall aeration has already been completed on the tees and approaches. In the coming weeks we will add seed, fertilizer and topdressing sand to them. Finally, as winter begins we will be covering many of our most sensitive tees, including the practice tee.
The long grass has recovered immensely this fall. Most of the areas we seeded in September have fully recovered. We do still have some end of season sod work to do in areas of high traffic and some of the bunker surrounds that are thin. The fescue is being mowed down as I type and selective herbicides will be applied to them before winter.
Thank you so much for all the support this season. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.