The warm winter weather continued in February with average high temperatures in the high 70s and lows in the low 60s. The combination of warm weather and low rainfall has the golf course in great shape. The turf is recovering nicely from divot, ball mark, and golf cart traffic activity. Last year’s rain total for January and February was 13”; this year’s total for January and February is only three inches. The lower rainfall totals the last few months have the lake levels at a very low level.
With our ideal growing conditions, we have started to lower the Height of Cut (HOC) on greens, tees, and fairways. Last week, we lowered the greens HOC to .115” and the plan is to lower the greens again to .110” the week prior to the Men’s Invitational Tournament. The fairway and tee HOC will be lowered to .575” this week to tighten up the turf and to improve your lie in the fairway.
We are starting to see some of our native animals forage for insects and routinely see animal damage throughout the golf course. We have armadillos, raccoons, possums, Sandhill cranes and other animals and birds hunting insects on the course. The insects that the animals are searching for are mostly mole crickets, grubs, and cut worms.
With the increase in overall rounds of golf, it is very important to care for the golf course and try to leave it in better shape than you found it.
Please repair at least one ball mark per green.
Golf carts should always be on the center of the cart path, even at the driving range.
Divots should be correctly filled with sand.
Take time to correctly rake out all foot prints in the bunkers.
Upcoming Course Maintenance
Top-dressing greens: February 27, March 6, and March 20
Fertilizer applications on fairways and roughs: March 6 and April 3
Hydro-jetting greens: March 20
Edging all sprinkler heads: week of February 27