We finally had some hot, humid weather move in to the area in late August and the greens flourished and performed very well. They are perhaps in the best shape they have been all year. In fact the whole course is looking very good with the exception of some thin areas due to the winter kill.
During this hot, dry weather we are constantly watering the dry areas on the golf course. We were irrigating with at least 300,000 gallons of water at night. We also had our fair share of leaks that we had to repair. We have a major one on #18 fairway. Once we get a decent rain event we will be able to fix this problem.
The crew has been busy preparing the stump areas that were remnants of the trees we lost in early June. We will sod these areas after the Labor Day holiday due to staff constraints. We have applied several tanks of herbicide to holes #3, 7, 15 & 16 to eradicate some of our weed issues.
This month we will be aerifying the tee boxes and applying a fall fertilizer to the fairways and tees to help strengthen the root system heading in to the Fall and Winter. We will also over-seed some tree lines and roughs with rye grass and fescue to help stabilize these areas and help prevent erosion this winter. We will be doing several cultural practices on the greens to help build a strong root system heading in to the cool season.
It has been a difficult year with the cold winter, cool spring/summer, and a 75 mph straight line wine storm. The course has recovered well and I look forward to it getting even better. Thank you as always for your support. Hope to see you soon on the golf course as it is playing very well.