Well, another wet pattern has us battling to get the course back up and ready for play… 2.1″ of rain fell across the course yesterday and a few more showers throughout the day today with more chances into the evening. To say the course is saturated would be an understatement. Drains are catching up quickly in between showers so hopefully we can string together a few good hours of dry time. Unfortunately we had to make the decision to cancel the Taylor Cup due to continued poor weather and the saturated conditions across the property. Ryan has come up with some great options to help make up for some lost playing time.
We have found a few interesting things from the recent weather which include a rotten tree that failed late last night, a missed drain tie in at #17 approach causing bunker flooding and a few turf bubbles due to slow or clogged drains. (It may be dark, but I think we found why it fell… decay)(Late night find! Tree down, picture taken with spotlight)(After the first few cuts were made this morning. Thanks TJ for sending Harry and Dan! Russell Tree Experts are the best!)(Picture of hollow rotten center of Oak on #16)
Yesterday’s rain put us at 6.7″ of rain so far in the month of June, about 2″ above monthly average. On the other hand temperatures have been 5°-8° above average and humidity through the roof, creating a perfect environment for fungal growth in turf. We have been very fortunate thus far but have had some areas of definite breakthrough. Some the the diseases we have seen on the course include dollar spot, brown patch, anthracnose and pythium. All of these can have negative effects on the turf but we have caught in very early stages and made curative applications.
(Irregular patches on 1 green. Samples sent out and confirmation of Anthracnose received from OSU pathologists. Chemical applications have the disease in check, but we will continue to monitor and apply if needed)
(Video of “turf bubble” caused by backup in drainage underground forcing water to separate the sod from the soil and expand full of water)
(It actually got up to 14″ high before I popped it)
(Video of bubble after being cut open)
With the recent weather pattern we will begin venting greens in the very near future. As early as Saturday night we will begin cutting small slits in greens surfaces to help with gas exchange and dry down. We are currently seeing a small black layer in the greens profile which is typically a sign of anaerobic conditions when in certain locations. Below is a picture of the evidence of my concerns.
(This vague dark line is what we are trying to break through and allow gas exchange)
But you may notice something else on that picture… what’s that, another dark line down below?!?!
We will begin incorporating deep tine aerification in our greens processes over the upcoming years to help break through this layer.
Fun facts –
We pumped 2.3 million gallons of water from the property in under 24 hours. At 5pm today we were able to open our drain gate and naturally drain water from the course without running the pumps.
We can pump 2100 gallons per minute with our current trash pump set up. Unfortunately gas tanks only last about 2 hours so we take rotations on flooded nights to keep the pumps running. We will be expanding our fuel holding capacity to allow for a few extra hours of sleep!
Last one, with a picture… If you replace your divot with the grass you hit out, it WILL root in and grow back much quicker than sand/seed. Check out the roots I ripped up to show you in the picture below.
Thanks for following along. Stay tuned for all maintenance news, cart status, and employee updates as I plan to ramp up the blog posts throughout the season. We will be using clubster as well, but you can find more in depth maintenance information here for those who want a more in-depth look.
– J.R. Lynn, GCS