Agronomy Weekly (May 17th)

Welcome to another edition of Agronomy Weekly! In here, I will give the latest updates on all aspects of the course. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at stephenc@springcreekranch.org or stop me on the golf course.

Greens

The greens are continuing to fill in with the warmer temperatures and lower cloud cover. Height of cut will remain at 0.115" until we see a slightly denser canopy in the turf.

A light weekly fertility combined with sand topdressing will continue to help us maintain desired green speeds and smoothness.

A wetting agent was applied on May 16th, which will help water penetrate through the top layer of soil and into the root zone. They work very similar to a hand soap, breaking the surface tension of water, and allowing it to drain more freely and disperse throughout the soil. This combined with "venting" the greens on a routine basis allows the turf to better handle daily mowing, rolling and heavy foot traffic.

Venting of the greens consists of punching very small holes with solid metal tines to help reduce compaction and enhance air and water circulation. This practice followed by our roller is not noticeable and will not have an effect on play.

Tees & Fairways

With improved weather for the growth of grass, we are beginning to see some recovery on our Par 3 and range tees. We should see continued improvement on the health and recovery of these areas throughout the rest of the year.

The patch diseases we see throughout the course should begin to recover and be less noticeable with these drier and warmer conditions.

Rough

The rough is beginning to see more growth and recovery with the improved conditions. Our annual application of controlled release fertilizer has been applied to the 90 acres of palisades rough, and we should start seeing significant improvement over the next few weeks.

Slightly drier conditions are also very beneficial to the health of our grass. Long periods of excessive rain can be as detrimental to the health of the turf as drought periods.

Trees

Limbs are being removed around No. 6 green and the left side of No. 7. We will continue this throughout the year to allow for more sunlight in these shaded areas. In most cases, we are able to save trees by removing only the problematic limbs to increase sunlight.

Creeks

Replacement parts for the creeks on No. 2 and No. 13 should be arriving soon and will be installed in the next week or two.