Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rain, rain, rain and more rain!

With over 5" last week and another 4" last night the golf courses have had enough. 



Friday, May 8, 2015

Cowan Creek Fairway Mowers

Cowan Creek Golf Maintenance is looking for three residents that would like to work part-time mowing fairways and rough in the mornings (2-3 days a week).  If interested, please contact Craig Loving @ craig.loving@sctexas.org

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Montgomery High School Card

We received this thank you card from Montgomery High School today! Sun City Texas should be very proud of the job well done not only by the staff but the entire community!
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

USGA Aerification Video

It's that time of year again! You can click on the link below and watch a USGA video on greens aerification and why we have to do it. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New View from #5 Tee box at White Wing

Here is the new view from the tee box that was rebuilt on the #5 hole at White Wing. A llittle more tree trimming further down the hole on the right side will provide more visibility from the tee and we plan to do this before the tee is open for play in the next 3-4 weeks. This should be a great addition to the hole and provide a "new" feel when playing the hole from that side. Thank you for your patience during this construction period and please remember that the blue and green tees are placed forward of the left tee for use during the establishment of these new tee boxes. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

White Wing Greens Update

The greens at White Wing are doing much better this year and are growing very well for this time of year. Although we have not reached our combined temperatures of 150, which is optimal growing temps for Bermuda grass, we are still seeing some pretty good growth with the temps we have had lately. This past week we topdressed the greens pretty heavy, which slowed them down a bit and we even heard rumblings that the greens were taking a step back or deteriorating again. This is not the case. They are a little slower and not as smooth as the other two courses right now but we have been a little more cautious (to say the least) with our rolling and mowing heights at WW after what we went through last year. All this being said, the health of the greens at WW looks to be at a point now where we can start lowering the cutting heights, rolling more often and getting  White Wing to the same consistency as the other two courses. Next week the USGA will be on property and we will be spending the day at White Wing and discussing our agricultural plan moving forward. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

White Wing #5 tee box update

Rough grade on the #5 tee box at White Wing has been completed. The contractor will be fine grading this week with plans to sod the left tee with 419 Bermuda grass by the end of the week. The right tee will be complete next week and the zoysia grass will come in shortly after that. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

White Wing #5 Tee Construction

We have started the tee construction project on #5 tee at WW and hope to have demolition complete this week. This project will add an additional 600sqft to the blue/green tee on the left and combine the two tees on the right into one large tee that will be able to be played by both the green and blue tee users. 

2015 March Course Conditions


Things are finally starting to green up and it looks as if we are going to have a much better spring this year than we did the last (To say the least). We are going to leave the greens covers out another two weeks to be on the safe side in case we get one more shot of cold winter weather. The main thing is that we continue to keep an eye on the greens moisture as we have done all winter until we get into the optimum Bermuda grass growing temperatures.
USGA Site Visit
We have a tentative visit scheduled for the week of April 13th. Besides looking at overall turf quality we will be asking them to evaluate a number of green complexes that have a considerable amount of shade issues and make recommendations based on their findings.
Playability 2015
We look to schedule the playability tours of each course sometime in April.
Legacy Hills Greenside Bunkers
The greenside bunker renovation is complete and the bunkers are back in play as of last week.
Cowan Creek Greenside Bunker Renovation
The Cowan bunker project has been a bit slower than expected due to the bad weather in February but should still be complete in the next two to three weeks. This time frame includes the time to install the new sod edges around each bunker.
Soil Testing
March disease samples were sent to the lab on 3/10/15 and the results for all three courses came back clean of fungus. That being said, two days later we had a Pythium Blight outbreak on a couple of greens at Legacy Hills, mainly #14. (We sent in an additional sample) We sprayed a fungicide for the disease the next day and within a day the symptoms went away.    
Audubon Certification
In the upcoming months we plan on establishing a support group including all the active participants in the certification process, as well as committee members from wildlife groups in Sun City.   

GCSAA Certification
Attended 2 GCSAA webinars:
Calibrating Sprayers and selecting the right nozzles
Planning for more dry days / what can we learn from last year? 

Moisture Monitoring
Here is a week’s worth of moisture monitoring from White Wing.

Date:
3/9/2015
Soil
Date:
3/10/2015
Soil
Date:
3/11/2015
Soil
Hole
High Area
Low Area
Temp
Hole
High Area
Low Area
Temp
Hole
High Area
Low Area
Temp
#1
 
 
 
#1
27.7%
21.8%
 
#1
24.3%
19.8%
 
#2
 
 
 
#2
29.2%
25.7%
 
#2
25.7%
20.3%
 
#3
 
 
 
#3
18.4%
27.7%
 
#3
15.9%
27.7%
 
#4
 
 
 
#4
21.8%
27.2%
 
#4
17.4%
18.9%
 
#5
 
 
 
#5
14.9%
26.7%
 
#5
14.4%
24.3%
 
#6
 
 
 
#6
24.7%
29.2%
 
#6
26.2%
28.2%
 
#7
 
 
 
#7
26.7%
19.3%
 
#7
27.7%
19.8%
 
#8
 
 
 
#8
20.3%
20.8%
 
#8
18.4%
19.8%
 
#9
RAINING
 
 
#9
20.8%
25.2%
 
#9
19.8%
26.2%
 
#10
 
 
 
#10
28.2%
30.6%
 
#10
31.1%
30.1%
53.6
#11
 
 
 
#11
29.7%
28.2%
 
#11
21.3%
28.7%
 
#12
 
 
 
#12
23.8%
21.8%
 
#12
20.8%
26.2%
 
#13
 
 
 
#13
18.9%
32.1%
 
#13
18.9%
33.1%
 
#14
 
 
 
#14
20.3%
28.7%
 
#14
29.2%
32.6%
 
#15
 
 
 
#15
28.2%
29.2%
 
#15
26.2%
32.6%
 
#16
 
 
 
#16
27.2%
20.3%
 
#16
27.7%
25.7%
 
#17
 
 
 
#17
27.7%
29.7%
 
#17
29.7%
34.1%
 
#18
 
 
 
#18
19.3%
23.3%
 
#18
24.3%
29.7%
 
PG
 
 
 
PG
23.8%
18.4%
 
PG
27.7%
17.4%
 
CG
 
 
 
CG
22.8%
21.8%
 
CG
28.7%
23.8%