From high to low humidity, to 58 degree nights and 95 degree days, our turf is enduring it all. On Monday we ran out with the solid tines on the aerator and poked holes in the tees. The holes allow air to reach the upper profile and most importantly allow water to pass through to get to the deepest roots. Now that we are solely relying on irrigation water, we have to make sure the water is being used efficiently by the plant and these holes help it do that.
You may have seen some of these dead circles on a few tees on the front nine and here on 18 white. With the wet spring, ants had been going crazy on these tees and building more and more ant hills. The ant hills suffocate the turf underneath and also ding up the blades on our mowers. Our normal procedure for getting rid of the ants with bait was not working this year so we tried a soak with a different insecticide. The product worked on the ants but it also killed most of the turf it was applied on. These areas are being plugged out and we should not have to worry about ants for a while.
A slightly different disaster story involves a company that was supposed to build us some nice metal racks for the SGA bag shags for the grand opening in May. After being backed up with work we never got the racks and supposedly their warehouse burned down a few weeks ago! So we resorted to making our own racks this week. There are five racks scattered around the SGA for the bag shags. This one pictured here serves an additional purpose as a divider from where shots should be taken. Practice should take place only in between the rack and the respective practice green, with no shots traveling past the rack. Again, the SGA is for practice from about 50 yards and in, anything longer can easily be exercised over on the range tee.
There are a number of rough areas that have been under stress from the heat over the past few weeks. These areas are mostly composed of ryegrass. You can see a stark difference here between essentially perfect turf type tall fescue sod and the ugly thinned ryegrass. The rye has poor heat tolerance and disease resistance. We do our best to keep it alive but Mother Nature is clearly telling us to continue on with our tall fescue seeding and sodding program this fall.
The traction paint is down on the walk bridge for 11. I have heard about this bridge reducing scores on this hole by as much as half a stroke already!
Enjoy the nice weather this weekend!