This Spring has been cold and wet! It seems just as soon as the fairways get dry enough to let carts go, we get another day of rain. Last weeks 3 day winter reprise slowed down the spring growth of all our turf, but let us get many of our spring projects wrapped up. The forecast is calling for some much warmer days, and the team is excited to get mowing!
All projects are nearly complete! 18 bunkers are the last piece, as we are waiting for our last sand from Ohio to be delivered. Stone steps have been added to the back of 3 green, 13 trees have been planted and all areas of work have been seeded or sodded. We will be marking some of these areas as ground under repair, but please try not to play off of any of the new sod until the end of the month, Thank you!
The greens have not healed as fast as we had hoped. We had a very cold winter and a cold spring. We have made two applications of foliar fertilizer to expedite the healing process. Our hope is that next weeks warm temperatures will get them growing. We will continue to evaluate the timing of our late fall aeration for next season to minimizes our disruption to the golfing season.
All other playing surfaces are coming along nicely. The bentgrass on the rest of the course is not as cold sensitive and because it is on topsoil not sand it holds the warmth of spring better. Last week we did a thorough filling of divots on the entire course. Early this week we spiked the fairways to help them handle all the rain we are getting now. These spike areas will be nearly undetectable after our next cut. We plan on doing a spring application of organic fertilizer to our tees, approaches and fairways by the end of the month.
It has been wonderful to see so many of you back out here enjoying the course on the few warm days we have had. I know soon we will have many more! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.