What a difference a week can make. Just last week the night time temperatures were still dipping into the 40's. Thankfully this week we have seen some mid 60's with bright sunshine during the day. This is great news for the course to start maturing into each of our expectations.
This week we were able to lower the mowing heights on the greens. The new height is set at .105 of an inch. We have continued to either double cut or mow and roll each day to achieve our standard of green speed as well as ball roll. We will only improve as time goes on and the greens tighten up with the use of a growth regulator. We are continuing to push the greens to grow now that the weather is finally cooperating. Once we feel the greens are as dense enough we will begin spraying Primo (growth regulator) twice a week. We are pleased with the progress of the greens at this point.
Other things that happened this week include the addition of four more hole locations on the big putting green. This will give you more options and also allow more areas to practice during peak hours. We have also committed to removing some trees on number 5 tee that will allow the struggling tee boxes to receive more sunlight. After analyzing the suns movement in this area, we feel confident that the removal of four trees will greatly benefit the health of the tees. We have also ordered sod to replace these two teeing grounds as well as widen the tees on number 8 by more than 5000 sq. foot. This will be greatly beneficial when the turf is not actively growing. Now that the weather is beneficial for new plant growth we have moved through the course and aerified many high traffic areas as well as added extra fertility. The aerification will allow these areas to breath and promote new plant growth. Many areas throughout the course will receive a shot of fertilizer before the rainfall today to help push them to completely fill in.
We are continuing to move forward with the bridge on 12 tee. Because of the magnitude of the work it is necessary for us to make sure we get it right to prevent any future injury. We have meet with an engineer as well as several contractors to find the best fit for our needs. Please continue to check updates as we move through this process.
Each week continues to bring on better weather patterns that allow us to push the greens as well as other areas of the course. We look forward to continuing to improve in the weeks ahead. Should you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me anytime. I wish each of you a great week.
Scott J. Newman Golf Course Superintendent
Spring Creek Ranch 12671 Monterey Road Collierville, TN 38017
Office: (901) 850-1129 Cell: (901) 201-0320