Late morning through mid afternoon we received 1.1″ of rain. Unfortunately, the condition of the course following the rain would not allow carts to head back out but we are hopeful that tomorrow will be fine. We have remained on the dry side in regards to soil conditions and the course absorbed the water quite well. Tomorrow we are presented with more chances of rain in the afternoon so plan on getting your Friday round in as early as your schedule will allow!
The storm did not cause much damage but did leave a mark; we lost a large section of the Maple tree that sits between 10 green and 15 tee.
The humidity and wet conditions will keep us on edge for the next few days until soil conditions dry back out. These types of showers during the summer heat are a recipe for fungal pathogens but we expect our protection will last through the thick of the weather. We will be monitoring the turf prior to maintenance and golfers to search for any disease breakthrough and treat on an as needed basis.
Have a great evening and see you tomorrow morning!
– J.R. Lynn, GCS
Again, Happy Independence Day! Hopefully you have been able to spend some quality time with friends and family over this nice long holiday weekend. The course is handling the heat and humidity very well this weekend and we have stayed pretty clean from disease. For those who are playing the Par 3 course; you may notice some small rings/patches on the greens, they have been infected with Brown Patch but have been treated and should not get any worse. With heavy clay soils, humid conditions, and hot weather Brown Patch can be very quick to take over and if not treated in time could be detrimental.
The discovery this morning was not entirely full of bad news. During our team meeting this morning I asked our staff to keep their eyes open for anything that looked different. I asked that everyone be on the lookout for fluffy fungal growth or odd shapes/patterns on turf and was surprised by the pictures I received from our team. Below you will see a picture of disease that was found today on the Par 3 course by first year employee Kyle Hughes.
An update on 8 Fairway- it looks to be just damage to the leaf blades and should grow out in short time. The grass has a very brown burnt appearance currently but when digging down below the damage the plant seems to be healthy and hardy.
Happy Independence Day! I hope you all had a fabulous time at the celebration; what a spectacular display! Please excuse our mess as we complete the clean up process over the next few days. While the show was great it came with a small cost to our 8th fairway. You will notice some burn marks in the center of the fairway near the landing zone. Most of the marks seem to be superficial and should grow out in short time. See picture below –
As you now know, this is the start to a blog we will keep up with as a Maintenance Team. Please feel free to reach out, ask questions and interact about anything grounds related around the club. We love to hear your feedback and will gladly expand on any questions you may have.
Thank you for your support,
J.R. Lynn, GCS