Monday, February 16, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Golf has many heroes—those who do things, mostly, for the love of the Game, and sometimes for recompense.
There’s one group—of many, worth singling out, here, for special recognition.
That is our Golf Course Superintendents.
They don’t often receive much, but they deserve letters of commendation that would stack to the top of the Sears Tower.
My perspective comes from working with thousands of them over the past 40+ years. 17,000 superintendents form the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, though GCSAA spans the world in 72 countries.
More often than not, they are given responsibility for overseeing the game’s biggest asset—the golf course, and we give them far too little recognition for their tireless effort.
This is NOT in ANY way to diminish the tremendous work done by managers and golf professionals. Usually, they are the one’s “out front”, coming face-to-face, daily, with golfers and club members. They are often called the “Mayors” of the golf communities. Some are even called “Generals”.
If that’s the case, then Golf Course Superintendents are the game’s “Infantry Officers”. They are the boots on the grounds, daily, leading on tough issues that include—managing others, tackling diseases that confound, dealing with the politics from within, handling budgets, enforcing environmental and governmental regulations, and even knowing the Rules of Golf! And, oh, yes, they often endure comments from those who might play at scratch, but don’t really understand. Add to all this, they deal with the weather that has a mind of its own—“365”.
The only ones who may have a more difficult jobs, in my view, are Moms everywhere, and perhaps the President of the United States.
30 years ago, we asked the Green Chairman at Tacoma Country & Golf Club to speak at a turf conference. The gentleman, a retired military officer, was one who “got it”. He knew the effort that went into maintaining the West’s oldest club. He showed his recognition by periodically showing up in the maintenance area—in darkness at 5 a.m. when the maintenance staff assembled. He saw, first hand, the effort put forth, usually before sunrise and lasting long after sunset. He thanked them, personally, and he encouraged TC&GC members to do the same.
So, in that vane, it is suggested YOU do the same. Take a moment to thank the unsung heroes—our golf course superintendents and their staffs. These soldiers don’t defend us by carrying weapons, but they really do make our lives better.
play ALL of the greenside bunkers as Ground Under Repair until the project is complete. We will be posting updates on the Blog tracking our progress.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
(12/9/14 – almost finished prepping area. Need to hand dig around exposed native rock, then add decomposed granite, then define the border)
(12/9/14 – finished removing crushed and root-filled pipe, waiting on pipe and fittings delivery. Still need to install new pipe, re-grade lower drainage area, cut down large willow tree in native)
Per the Greens Covering policy we have had to cover the greens the week of Jan. 4th – 11th.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
COVERING GUIDELINES FOR ULTRADWARF BERMUDAGRASS PUTTING GREENSBy Patrick O’Brien and Christopher Hartwiger, agronomists, Southeast Region
January 9, 2013
Ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens have limited cold tolerance and without protection, they are susceptible to cold temperature injury. Turf covers are used to prevent this injury and are kept on hand in most areas of the transition zone. Because golf is played throughout most of the winter in the Southeast Region, turf covers are used only for short periods of time and are removed for golf. January is a good time to review the basic covering guidelines.
Types of Covers
Numerous turf covers were tested under research conditions at Mississippi State University and the results indicate that all of the commercially available products tested worked well. Read this article for more information: Turf Covers For Winter Protection Of Bermudagrass Greens. Not surprisingly, the most popular covers are the ones that are lightest in weight and easiest to handle. The covers we see most often are the black or white woven polypropylene product. Turf covers are available from numerous suppliers, but it takes time to get the product due to the specialized sizing for each green site and the manufacturing process. Emergency covering products such as pine or wheat straw can be used, but they may be more expensive and more labor intensive to apply. Permanent covers are a better choice. With proper storage and handling, covers will last 15 to 20 years.
When to Cover
The most common philosophy is to cover green when the predicted low temperatures are 25 degrees F or less. Although some golf courses have different thresholds for covering, remember that the role of a cover is not necessarily to keep the cold out, but to retain the warmth of the soil. Since cold temperatures can harm bermudagrass, a conservative approach is wise. Covering the greens requires a coordinated team, but when everyone is in sync, the process can take as little as three minutes to cover a green and four minutes to uncover it. Click on this link to see a live demonstration of covering and uncovering a putting green: Video On Covering And Uncovering A Putting Green. Covers are stored adjacent to each green site when not in use. This link provides more information on covering protocols: Ultradwarfs In The Off-Season - A Winter Wonderland
Appropriate use of turf covers helps prevent winter injury. The cost of covers ranges between 15 to 20 cents per square foot and they last for at least 15 to 20 years. This investment of approximately $20,000 is well worth it. If you have any questions on when to use turf covers on ultradwarf putting greens, please contact either Patrick O’Brien or Chris Hartwiger.