Agronomy Weekly (May 3rd)

Good afternoon,

Welcome to another edition of Agronomy Weekly, where I'll provide the latest updates from the golf course.

Greens

The greens are beginning to fill in after multiple weeks of light fertility and warmer temperatures. Heights will remain at 0.115 inches until we see an increase in daytime and nighttime temperatures. With highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s over the next few days, we do not anticipate much growth.

Tees & Fairways

We are still waiting for the cool and wet weather to pass in order to make our first fertility application. The tees on all Par 3s have been fertilized and will be monitored for excessive disease.

Rough

We are currently aerating the rough to help with air exchange and the growth process. This also allows for better drainage and rooting. Higher temperatures combined with fertility will help the brown patches you might have noticed grow in for the season.

Bunkers

The bunker on Hole No. 8 will be completed by the end of the week. Other bunkers on the course will be monitored and repaired as needed.

Course Wetness

With green grass and warmer days, we are seeing the course drying out quicker after rains. This is great for allowing carts off the paths and also allows us more time and access to the course for necessary maintenance.

We will be testing several products this year that may help the excessive moisture move into the sand cap, drying the course out quicker. Certain areas may require sub-surface drainage and tree removal/limb pruning.

Creeks

The replacement parts for the creeks on No. 2 and No. 13 should arrive in the next week and installed shortly after. These should allow the creeks to run properly and re-prime the water lines when we see a power outage.

Tree Work

Our trees have seen much growth over the past few years. We will continue with pruning as needed. Specific areas include the left fairway of No. 3, around No. 4 green, left of the tee markers on No. 7, No. 12 and No. 15, and the practice area cart path along with No. 1 tee. We also plan to continue removing limbs on No. 2 as needed.

 Range Tees

Ranges tees are seeing slow recovery with the cooler temperatures, and we will continue to manage them based on weather. Organic fertilizers were applied in late-February to help the grass break dormancy and also assist in replacing organic matter lost from divots. Continuous filling of the divots and topdressing would leave the tee with a straight sand root zone, so the organics also help with nutrient and water retention. Throughout the summer, we follow the USGA fertility recommendations for management of a range tee promoting optimal growth.

Please feel free to reach out to me at stephenc@springcreekranch.org if you have any questions.