Fall Course Condition update:
Sadly, as usual, I need to start out by apologizing to all our "fans" for not updating this page sooner. I am truly sorry. Turf conditions at LTG&EC are looking good.
We had a very successful summer growing season here at LTG&EC. The course, especially the greens, responded very well to our agronomic program and we maintained good putting and playing conditions throughout the summer months. Despite having some of the longest hot spells since 2006, the greens look great right now and are in excellent playing condition.
As we head into fall, we have at least one more challenge ahead of us and that is fall aeration. Fall is a great time to aerate the golf course and the turf always responds very well to it. As in years past, we will be aerating the tees and greens. Tees, in fact, have already been done and will be overseeded for the winter soon. Our scheduled greens aeration is going to happen on November 7th and 8th.
Similarly to last spring, we will be aerating the greens with large diameter aeration tines. We are going to be aerating with 7/8" X 12" coring tines to remove a large channel of soil in the greens. Our goal is to get to an 8" depth this season. We will be topdressing with almost 100 tons of sand to fill those holes and we will also apply several soil amendments and fertilizers to not only help the recovery of the greens after aeration but to continue to improve the soil structure under our putting surfaces. The only significant difference in our aeration program this season is that the entire course will be closed for the two days of aeration. The closure of all 18 holes of the course will allow us to complete the aeration process in the most effective and efficient manner which will result in a more timely recovery period.
As I always say, slow and steady wins the race. We are continuing to improve course conditions slowly and steadily every day. We have an excellent maintenance team and they are all dedicated to making LTG&EC one of the best courses in the entire region. We thank you for your feedback and all of the compliments.
Fairways and greens...
Danny Fielder, CGCS
Golf Course Superintendent