1/26/16 Course Condition update:
The golf course has had its recent share of challenges, just like any golf course, which has created a few setbacks for us in being able to exceed customer standards. High-salt reclaimed water, late summer heat, and now a wet winter are just some of the challenges that we are faced with.
As discussed before, our course is irrigated with reclaimed water. While the reclaimed water is a blessing during times of drought, it can also be a curse. Our reclaimed water has a very high concentration of salts which turgrass, especially on greens, does not tolerate very well without a lot of management and extra inputs.
Good news, though... We have a new Golf Course Superintendent, Danny Fielder, CGCS. Danny comes from Oceanside, California where he was the General Manager and Superintendent of Marine Memorial Golf Course on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Danny has managed several properties that utilized reclaimed water and has been very successful in maintaining excellent putting green conditions. In fact, he has already developed a comprehensive agronomic plan that will help us return to the best conditioned golf course in the Bay Area.
Danny and the maintenance team are working hard to ensure that playing conditions are the absolute best they can be at any given time. The new agronomic plan has been implemented and that includes the procurement of specialty aeration and topdressing equipment which will allow the maintenance staff to address some of the more challenging issues we are faced with. We started using one of the new pieces of equipment, a deep-aerating machine called the Verti-drain. With this machine, we can aerate the greens to a depth of 8"-12" which will open channels allowing water and oxygen deep into the greens. These deep channels help move water down through the greens, carrying the dreaded salts with it and out of the root zone. We will continue to make slow and steady progress each day with the goal of great greens in the near future.
Please be sure to say hi to Danny and be sure to stop and ask him any quastions you may have and stay tuned for more Turf Talk updates.