4/4/16 Course Condition update:
Aeration is complete for anothe 6 months! Woo hoo! This spring's aeration went very well. Our new equipment performed well and allowed us to do more in two days than ever before with all of our equipment. The deep tine aerifier made 7/8" x 7" holes that filled well with sand. 85 tons of sand went onto the greens in an effort to not only fill the holes but help reduce the surface thatch and improve smoothness. A range of granular fertilizers, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and gypsum went into the aeration holes to give us a good soil fertility foundation. After a little over a week, we are excited at the recovery rate and expect the greens to be back in great shape by the weekend of the 9th & 10th.
We have begun what we consider a normal irrigation pattern now that the rainy season seems to be drawing to an end. You will see several of us on the course running sprinklers, watering with hoses, setting up portable sprinklers, and making irrigation repairs. Please be patient with us. If we get in the way, or are watering dry areas, we may ask that you give us a minute or two to safely finish up and then you're welcome to make your birdie. If you happen to see some sprinklers that are very wet around them, please try to avoid driving a cart through the wet area. Not only will it keep the turf in good health, it will also simplify the repair for our staff. Irrigation is always a challenge but we are committed to keeping the system in good working condition and keeping the grass in good playing condition.
Slow and steady wins the race. Our goal is to continue to improve course conditions slowly and steadily over the next few months. We have an excellent maintenace team and they are all dedicated to making LTGC one of the best courses in the entire region.
Fairways and greens... See you on the course...
Danny Fielder, CGCS
Golf Course Superintendent