Agronomy Weekly

This week our staff is implementing many of our winter practices that will aid in the recovery next spring as we transition from dormancy.  We have seen great results after a few years of using these practices and appreciate your understanding.

Greens:

We plan to move to our three-cup rotation this week on the greens.  This rotation is designed to allow our staff to rotate holes over a period of time without actually moving the placements every day.  This practice drastically reduces the scarring from old plugs as the grass has stopped growing.  Over the next few months, we will utilize this practice and periodically change the three-hole rotation to eliminate wear around the hole location.   

Teeing Grounds:

We will begin pairing tee markers this week.  Our plans are to pair Bravo/Black Duke and Carson/ Rocky Joe.  This will only provide three sets of teeing grounds to be used while the grass is not growing and able to recover.  Our goal is to have minimal disturbance to the teeing grounds as we move into the spring.  If the markers are moved too quickly, we will disturb a greater part of the tee.  This is why you may notice the teeing staying in one location over several weeks.

Other happenings:

  • Tee time changes to 8:00 AM every day
  • South Range set up on the mat to preserve the tee
  • Spraying fungicide in Palisades for zoysia patch
  • Fertilizing newly seeded areas
  • Clearing lake/creek edges

Thank you for your continued support of our staff and the commitment to preserving the course.  If you have any questions, you can always contact me at scottn@springcreekranch.org or (901) 201-0320.

Best wishes,

Scott J. Newman

Golf Course Superintendent