Agronomy Weekly

Somehow we missed them majority of the rainfall this past weekend.  We were able to scratch out .20 inches from it.  We continue to use our irrigation as a supplemental source during these drought periods.  Overall, the course has held up well, and as you can tell, the lake level has not suffered due to the new well pump and motor that was installed this year. 

Greens were topdressed on Tuesday to help fill some voids in the canopy providing a more consistent ball roll.  Overall, the greens are holding up well and look great going into the non-growing season. 

October is quickly approaching, which means the night time temperatures will slowly begin to decrease.  This is a sign that we must start raising mowing heights to give the plant the ability to survive the cold winter.  This will happen gradually over the month, and our staff will continue to mow and roll to provide a great playing experience. 

The “Gate System” was introduced to the course last week.  This system provides entry and exit points for golf cart traffic.  The restriction of cart traffic will help many areas around the course as we enter the fall.  Please keep in mind that when not used correctly, many areas on the course will suffer because no other rope or stakes are used on the course.  A great example of this is seen on No. 18 after only one week of use.  Please help us keep the traffic controlled by using the post entry and exit points during your round.

Other Happenings:

* All bunkers have been edged
* Native areas are being bush hogged
* Greens collars have been edged
* Aquatic Specialist will be visiting SCR Thursday to give insight on algae on No. 6 lake

As always if you should have any questions or comments regarding the course and conditions, please contact me directly at (901) 201-0320 or scottn@springcreekranch.org.  Thank you for being a member.

Best wishes,

Scott Newman
Golf Course Superintendent