Some temperatures deep into the 30s early in the week produced some pretty healthy frost on the turf. This frost seems a little early since it feels like it was 90+ not too long ago. The frost certainly slows the growth of the turf but it also send Gray leaf spot packing for the year which is good for rough recovery. Our seedlings that have been fighting through the dry weather get set back a bit this is just another reason we put way more stock in sodding than seeding. As temperatures drop the bentgrass growth on the greens, tees and fairways slows as well but this actually allows us to complete more small projects because of less mowing frequency. We have been alternating mowing and rolling on greens so far with good results.
The cold air dropping down on to some warm soil and water temperatures produced some solid fog on Wednesday. We want the soil temps to stay up for a few more weeks since we are in prime root growing weather.
The center island in front of the Clubhouse is enjoying its fall transition. The daises have been cut back, the begonias are still full, the table mountain sun flower is glowing yellow and the asters are about to blow up into a blanket of purple color. One more year and the dazzleberry sedum around the border will be filled in and we will really have a nice year round focal area.
The bulk of our time this week was spent finishing up the front entrance project. The turf up here was never really up to par, it was unirrigated and the species were scattered. We stripped the existing grass and installed nine new irrigation heads to supply water to the new fescue sod as well as the newly expanded mulch bed.
Vinny and Jr started on the stone work around the sign first thing Monday morning and finished up Tuesday. Once again, doing this type of work in house kept us within the budget and made the project feasible.
Tall fescue sod went down around the entrance on Thursday. We also filled in a few more spots mainly through the front nine that were either stressed from summer disease or fall grub/raccoon activity.
The new sign fits the space nicely and came in just a tick over our given budget. Like we said in the weekly update, a large amount of considerations went into this project before the sign went into the ground last week. The county permitting process once again proved ridiculous and dragged through the season. We are well aware that members know where to turn into the club so the purpose of this project went past that. Primarily we are hoping to attract new members that may not have know we were here. Additionally the sign will help guests and patrons of all club events get to the right area the first time. The sign should also help us reach more potential employees and also help our vendors and truck drivers turn down the correct side of the street. I doubt any members realize the amount of time wasted and the utter embarrassment of tracking down guests or deliveries on the wrong side of the street or the awkwardness of giving directions that indicate turning away from the giant brick walls on the other side of the street. In a week or so members and neighbors will be gliding by the sign like it has been there for 24 years and our club as a whole will be operating better and more smoothly, a common goal for everyone who turns down Cattail Creek Drive.