The Golf Course was really playing nicely prior to the rain. We are in our regular mowing patterns and the greens are smooth although there are still a few holes left out there which is not really a bad thing. Summer weather will be here sooner than later so the more our turf can breathe and produce healthy roots, the better.
This past Sunday we had about 15 kids come out and help plant the Butterfly Garden for the year. Our perennials that we planted about 5 years ago have really taken off so we just add about 200 flowering annuals into the garden. The kids get to learn (or really tell me) about how important butterflies and other pollinators like bees are to the environment. We also talk a little bit about the butterfly life cycle and where they migrate to as well as the features of the garden that they will enjoy this summer. We have really transformed this hill into a bustling pollinator habitat!
Once the sun came back out on Monday we quickly dusted the greens with some sand. This should help seal up some holes and further smooth out the putting surfaces.
We did see some wear damage on the big putting green Monday morning. If you are going to try and get rid of your yips, move around the cup a bit. Standing in one spot isn't going to help your stroke, or our turf!
A little more drastic damage happened on Tuesday when 3 of our employees were mulching around the trees on the entrance road. Our red workman was parked on the side of the road and a vehicle exiting Cattail Creek Drive slammed square into the front of it. Two guys jumped out of the way of the spinning workman and one person got grazed by the back of the cart on her knee. We were lucky nothing worse happened but this $30,000 vehicle is pretty much totaled.
The cool season grasses didn't mind the cool temperatures and frosts this week but some of the bermudagrass on the range tee got dinged up. The warm weather next week should get the bermuda growing again and we should some pretty decent turf to hit off of this year.
We spent a lot of time this week on weedeaters. Around the Course everything like railroad ties, trees, benches, fans, rock walls and trash cans have been trimmed around. We also finished up hacking down the native area hill to the right of 12. Our main reason for mowing down the natives right now is for weed control, the mowing sets everything back to square one. Additionally we would hope it speeds up play slightly and helps with the playability of each hole containing native grasses along the fairways.