3 inches of rain went ripping through the Golf Course this past Saturday. Water levels were at the highest we have ever seen. We ended up with 12 inches of rain for the month of June which is just ridiculous.
The walk bridge on 11 actually got picked up, moved and a bunch of rocks and debris ended up shoved underneath it. We will be looking at rebuilding this bridge properly today with a bridge builder. It was originally built on top of a rock dam with two small pipes allowing water to flow through. Basically this all needs to be removed so water can flow freely under a higher bridge that doesn't get clogged up with debris.
The bunkers have taken a pretty good beating this past month. It was actually nice to have to hold an event on Sunday with washed out bunkers. The comments we got about how bad the bunkers looked were great. A lot of back breaking work goes in to keeping these bunkers in good shape. Thankfully they continue to drain water well but we still have some work to do in getting the depths consistent and trying to keep silt contamination out.
On top of the storm cleanup, we also were working to get the fireworks picked up. The wind was blowing a little harder than normal for late June so 10 and 18 fairways got completely covered with expended fireworks. We used blowers, rakes and the aeration core sweeper to pick up as much as possible but to finish the job off we just had to bend over and pick up the last little bits by hand.
The wet conditions give us a great opportunity to go after weeds on the golf course. In cooler temperatures and wet soils weeds are actively taking up the moisture and growing. During hot and dry stretches weed growth slows down so it is slower to take up water, as well as herbicide. Hot weather also puts desirable turf at more risk to herbicide damage. So this week we sprayed our native areas, bunker banks, and some areas in the rough with specific herbicides to help reduce weeds such as nutsedge, crabgrass, clover, kylinga, thistle, crown vetch, and dallisgrass, among many others.
At least someone is enjoying all the rain!