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Here comes the heat

 Posted 7/22/2016
 


Every activity taking place on the Golf Course right now is about defending against the heat or in this case embracing it.  We parked the rough mowers on Monday in the 90 degree temps and got ourselves 4 tons of hot mix asphalt.  We identified 10 rough areas in our paths and laid down the pavement in house.  While our paths are not in the best shape, we can do small patch work to keep them at a satisfactory level.  Our proposed plan is to spend around $30,000 a year and start paving the worst paths first and work our way around over the next 5-10 years.  The cartpath going up the hill by 14 green is slated to be repaved mid-August this year.


The tees were once again solid tine aerated.  The almost invisible holes do a great job encouraging water to flow through the upper thatch layer and down into the root zone.


On Monday we picked up the fan on 13 and moved it 30 feet closer to the center of the green.  It was clear that air flow was not reaching the front left of the green here on 13.  This is a high traffic area and as the birch trees by the stream and the trees by 14 tees continue to grow, shade and air flow continue to be restricted.  Like on our other greens we are solving the air issues by having the fan within about 100 feet of the entire green surface.  The fan knocks canopy temperatures down by 10 degrees and helps the plant transpire as it normally would in a better environment.


We continue to stay diligent with weed control on our cartpath edges.  This is our third application of post emerge herbicide to fight against the goosegrass and crabgrass that used to wreak havoc on our compacted path edges.  Our custom sprayer setup allows us to direct the spray exactly where needed and not waste any material.  The results so far have been outstanding!


Another hitting mat system is up at the Driving Range to try out.  We are actually going to move it over to the Learning Center today to see how it feels sitting on top of concrete.  We are wading through a number of options in order to provide a better solution for hitting off the mat for 2017 so we are happy to gather your feedback on this mat.


I saw a turtle checking the height of cut on 6 fairway earlier in the week, he said we're good!

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Here comes the heat

 Posted 7/22/2016
 
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Staggering humidity this week

 Posted 7/15/2016
 


With the heat and humidity this week, Yukon knew it would be important to stay cool and enjoy as much cool fresh water as possible.  We are doing the same with the turf; playing a little defense and making sure we can get through this nastiest part of the summer.


On Monday we used the aerators to punch tiny solid tine holes in the greens.  The holes allow water to continue passing through the top layer of turf and to the roots.  In addition, the holes allow air to access the roots which helps delay the sloughing off of root mass that inevitable happens during this hot and gross time of year.  The holes stayed open on Monday and then we rolled greens on Tuesday to get them putting back to normal.


With moisture in the ground and high night time temperatures, fungus on turfgrass is loving life.  While mostly unnoticeable, dollar spot, brown patch and some pythium are working in certain areas through the rough.  We apply preventative and curative fungicides in order to keep the rough as consistent as possible and limit too much thinning.  All of our tall fescue areas remain in beautiful shape while the ryegrass continues to suffer from heavy disease pressure.  We will continue to monitor rough conditions this summer and in the fall be able to install tall fescue sod into any ryegrass areas that didn't survive the summer.


With all of our existing quick coupler's around greens and tees changed out, we are now working to add some connections where needed.  Previously here on 18 blue tee we had to dismantle the sprinkler head in order to hand water the tee with a hose.  Now with a new quick coupler, we can quickly plug our hose in, water the tee where necessary and move along.


Our friendly horse guard wasps are back in a few select bunkers (they wouldn't slow down enough for a picture).  These wasps are basically harmless and are just hunting around for horse flies to kill.  They love dry sandy areas of which we have more than 70 of around the golf course.  Just play your shot as normal and be thankful you are not getting bit by a horse fly.  The wasps will be gone in a few weeks.


With the hot weather set in, the grasses and weeds along the stream banks really start growing like crazy.  We try to manage the banks with weedeaters and most of these areas have some sort of shade around them to provide the crew some relief when needed.  We encourage everyone to work at an intelligent pace in the heat and to make sure they are staying hydrated.

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Here comes the heat
  Posted 7/22/2016
Here comes the heat
  Posted 7/22/2016
Staggering humidity this week
  Posted 7/15/2016
Summer is here!
  Posted 7/8/2016
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