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4th wettest June on record

 Posted 7/3/2015
 


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!

 

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Enough with the rain!

 Posted 6/25/2015
 

Click HERE for a 7 minute video clip compilation from last weeks Men's Invitational preparations.


The Monday after Men's Invitational is always a recovery day for the Golf Course.  The greens enjoyed a well executed venting.  We chose to pull cores out of the greens at this time in order to create effect holes that truly allow for water and air to exchange through the profile.  Needle tining, or solid tining is no where near as effective as pulling small cores out.


We allowed the cores to dry and then blew them off with backpack blowers.  This left a clean surface that was rolled and ready for play.



Although the holes are visible, most golfers will have no idea we actually pulled cores out the greens.  The holes do not interfere very much with ball roll and by the weekend they are simply a second thought.  The holes will stay open long enough to catch another deluge of rain this weekend and then will be sealed up by next week and the greens will be ready to take on more summer heat.


The combined heat, humidity and high moisture levels essentially created a large petri dish throughout the Golf Course the past 7 days.  Our greens, tees, fairways and greens surrounds remain on a bi-weekly preventative fungicide program.  This program prevents brown patch (pictured) from popping up and taking grass down to the ground.  We also fight pythium and dollar spot all throughout the Golf Course.  In our regular rough you can see a lot of brown patch that was working this past week.  These areas are only sprayed on a curative basis, if at all.  The recent cool temperatures however have alleviated the pressure and given the rough a break.


We have seen washed out bunkers a number of times this late spring.  The bunkers with the steepest faces are the worst, like here on 17 fairway.  The silt that washes in from the edge must be removed and the sand shoveled back up onto the edge.  Over time, bunker sand has to be added in order to maintain proper depths.


After all that Mother Nature throws at us, we still have to deal with human beings.  We have been doing pretty well as far as wear goes on the new SGA but this past Sunday a few people decided to dig two new holes for us in the upper fairway.  Please continue to spread your divots out and if you take a few gigantic pelts out, go ahead and put them back!  This summer will be a true test but this aggressive new bentgrass on the SGA fairway is holding up quite well to the conscious golfer.

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It's been a wet June

 Posted 6/19/2015
 


This week gets a little crazy for all departments around the club but for us especially.  Most of the staff has been at Cattail for 10 plus years and if not, have worked at a Golf Course before that held a Member Guest.  This is our week to try and make our facility shine brighter than anyone else, on tv or otherwise.  Greens are double cut and double or triple rolled, fairways and approaches are mowed daily and the rough is mowed constantly.  It is a lot of work but at the end of the day everyone enjoys taking the Course up a notch.


Besides increased mowing we strive for some extra attention to detail.  We pulled out much of the overgrown bentgrass in 13 stream to help it look a little sharper.


The wall on 5 got a little extra love.


The Burning Bush behind the range tee and all the hedges at the back patio got a haircut.


Bunker edges looking sharp.


We even pulled up the ugly weed infested cobblestones that were on the edges of 8 cartpath by the green.  Our intern Brett made it happen here with brick pavers that match the walkway in front of the clubhouse and of course, the SGA and driving range.


We had things pretty dialed in and ready for a great weekend.


And then, for a second year in a row, we got crushed by a thunderstorm on Thursday at 3:30.  Almost an inch of rain fell in about half an hour and saturated the Course.  We had actually received a half inch of rain the night before but we were able to fight through that.  The rain on Thursday afternoon however was a serious gully washer.  For today (Friday), we'll have to restrict carts to the paths at least in the morning and the only thing we will be mowing are the greens.  It's disappointing that Mother Nature overtook our desire on how we wanted the Course set up, but that is the way it goes!  Instead of touching up small dry spots around the Course we'll be checking for disease.  Better luck next year, hopefully this nasty summer humidity tires out in the next few weeks and we end up with an easy summer.  Only time will tell.

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4th wettest June on record
  Posted 7/3/2015
Enough with the rain!
  Posted 6/25/2015
It's been a wet June
  Posted 6/19/2015
Summer is back
  Posted 6/12/2015
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