After another long stretch of 90 degree days and no rain in almost two weeks, it finally looks like the weather wants to turn a bit. Our main goal this week was to get as much seed in the ground as possible. We have tried to be patient with getting the seed out yet. Running aerators and the slit seeder through the rough and 1 cuts in hot weather only sends them further into decline. We are now trying to take advantage of the cool temps, as well as the potential cloudy, moist weekend to throw some seed in and get it to pop. Turf type tall fescue is being used in the rough as well as in the first cuts here and should help things be a bit more consistent in future summers.
The rain Wednesday night came down hard and fast so we were forced into the bunkers for repair work Thursday morning. Normally we have one person take all the bunkers each morning but with just an inch of rain we need 8 guys to get the sand put back in place before lunch time. This slows all other progress on the Course down and forces us to work even harder to catch back up before the long weekend.
Walking through the Golf Course Thursday while it was soaked, it is easy to see why we have some thin areas in the fairways and 1 cuts. For the most part our Course drains extremely well. Since this summer was way above average, any low area that held just a bit too much water just got scorched in August. After the 7 inches of rain fell July 31, things just started to bake and roots were sheared off. The cool nights will help the plants recover and most of these areas will fill in or be seeded or sodded over the next few weeks.
In addition to all the things happening on the Golf Course we are also preparing for the Tennis Classic in two weeks. A quick prune around the fitness center takes place this week along with trying to get the gravel walkway tightened up. Next week we will be resurfacing all the tennis courts and doing some final cleanup.
We also installed some new pull up/fitness bars behind the pool this week. Mr. Reid and Mr. Pond were first to try out their jazzercise routine on it and the bars seemed to hold up well!
As we have been communicating, all the greens on the Golf Course will be aerated on Tuesday the 6th. Originally scheduled for the 15th, we pushed core aeration of greens back due to hot weather. In the past two weeks the greens have perked up nicely and are much better suited for aeration. On Thursday afternoon we got the practice greens out of the way since we will only have one day to knock out all 18 greens on Tuesday.
The small 1/4" cores are blown off the greens and then picked up off the 1 cuts. We tried something new this year by topdressing lightly before the aerator went across. When the plugs are blown off the sand is blown down into the holes which is what we want in order to preserve valuable pore space for root growth, water and air exchange. Once the green is blown super clean, it is rolled and then amended. We will be mowing the practice greens in the afternoons once or twice before we can mow in the morning as usual. Pulling these small cores out at the end of summer will help the greens through a successful fall season.