The summer rainy season is over and our dry winter weather pattern is here. November’s rainfall was at .5 inch and October’s total rainfall was only four Inches. As you can see by our pond levels, the water table is dropping and the course is showing signs of the drier weather.
With the lower rainfall amounts over the last 60 days, the course has “hot spots” throughout the course. These are sandy areas that have less organic matter and/or poor Irrigation coverage near them. We run extra water and apply a granular wetting agent on these spots to help these dry areas.
Along with the drier weather, the course is firming up and green speed has increased. The greens have been running at our desired speed of 11 feet on the Stimpmeter and the ball is rolling out more in the fairways.
Please make an effort when entering and exiting the bunkers to enter and exit near the lower areas of the bunkers. If you enter or exit the bunkers near the steep bunker lips, you can cause damage to these lips. The large steep lips of the bunkers are very sandy and dry and cannot take the foot traffic.
The driving range tees have been open now for two weeks and have been getting plenty of use. We have ordered divot boxes for the driving range tees. These divot boxes will be filled with white sand for you to use to fill in your divots on the tee after your practice session.
I have ordered signs to place on the large timbers along the tee boxes. These timbers get slippery when they are wet. We had member slip on the timbers a few weeks ago; the signs will read “slippery when wet” to remind people to be careful when stepping on the timbers.
Upcoming Golf Course Maintenance
Dec. 5 and 19: Top dressing and fertilizer on greens
Dec. 12, week of: Edging bunkers
Dec. 19: Wall-to-wall fertilizer on golf course
Dec. 19: Hydro-jet greens
Golf Course Care
The greens are soft and it is very important to fix your ball mark and any others you see while you are on the putting surface.
Please fill your divot level or slightly lower than the edge of the turf – remember, do not dump sand in a pile. Knock in the sides of the divot and fill just below the turf line and smooth with your foot.
Golf carts should always be in the center of the path, not half on the path and half off.
Please take care to rake out all your foot prints after you have been in the bunkers.