Agronomy Weekly

Another week has passed with no rain and none on the forecast.  Even after the majority of Memphis was hit this morning, still we received none here at the course. 

Remarkably the course is still holding up very well.  You will notice some brown areas as well as areas that are more wet that others.  We are relying heavily on the irrigation system, as well as our staff using hoses to water much of the course.  It is necessary for us to stick to this practice until mother nature can provide some relief.  We certainly appreciate your understanding as we continue to go through this temporary drought.

Just like the precipitation, the temperature forecast has also been unpredictable.  We have been lucky to have some great golfing weather over the past few weeks; however it hasn’t always been great growing weather for the turf. 

As the days become shorter and the night time temperatures drop, plant growth begins to slow down as well.  It becomes more difficult to get them to respond with fertility, water, mowing, etc.  It has been necessary for us to take this into consideration as we continue to move towards the winter dormancy. 

Mowing heights continue to increase to allow the plant to store enough food to survive dormancy.  As these heights increase we will continue to try and keep speeds as consistent as possible.  You will notice a reduction in double mowing and rolling as this process plays out.  If we continue to put the plant through too much mechanical stress as it slows its growth, we open the doors for disease pressure as well as excessive algae in the canopy.  In efforts to get the plant to the desired winter heights, we will alternate mowing and rolling on occasions.  We will continue to provide a mow and roll on the weekends but more importantly attempt to keep green speeds consistent. 

Other happenings:

Spraying algae on No. 6 lake
Edging cart path curbs
Bush hogging native areas
Inter seeding several native areas
Spraying preventative fungicides on greens

With cooler temperatures right around the corner, we have to plan accordingly for late fall/winter practices that will begin soon. Here are some of those practices:

  • Move to the range mats every day. This allows the range tee to be ready next spring as weather permits. If we continue to utilize the tee late into the year, the plant cannot recover. Therefore, there will be no grass when the plant tries to break dormancy in March 2017. More on this topic to come.
  • Winter hole locations will start in November. The three-hole rotation allows for less hole scarring as we break dormancy in March. More on this topic to come.
  • Tee marker pairing will also begin soon. By minimizing the space used this winter, we will be able to provide better teeing surfaces next spring. More on this topic to come.

As always if you have any questions regarding these topics or the course in general, please contact me directly at or via cell at (901) 201-0320.

Best wishes,

Scott Newman