Each week has it's on challenges it seems. Luckily the rain has moved through from last week and the course is beginning to dry up. It is great to finally see some sunshine even though the night time temperatures have dropped drastically. At this point any day with no rain is beneficial to us.
On Tuesday this week we were able to get out and make a foliar fertility application to the greens. This application will help fill in some of the weaker areas on the greens. We are still pushing growth as much as possible to recover from any stresses that occurred this winter. We plan to make another application in the latter part of the week. Once we feel the greens are responding well we will begin spraying a growth regulator used during the growing season to help tighten the canopy. With more rainfall expected all next week we plan to topdress later this week. Even though aesthetically unpleasing, topdressing aids in filling the voids between the leaf blades providing a more consistent ball roll. When excessive rainfall occurs the sand in canopy gets knocked down and can cause more friction between the leaf blade and the ball causing a slower and bumpier ball roll.
We have also started disassembling the bridge on number 12. As stated before the bridge's support beams suffered after the enormous amount of rainfall we received over the past few months. A contractor will be brought in to build the new bridges foundation and then new construction will begin.
The course is starting to change as the weather does. We certainly embrace it and look forward to growing in many of the worn areas. As the weather continues to cooperate we know the course will respond well and we can continue to dial in the greens as well as other areas. As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott J. Newman Golf Course Superintendent
Spring Creek Ranch 12671 Monterey Road Collierville, TN 38017
Office: (901) 850-1129 Cell: (901) 201-0320