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The picture illustrates the importance of tree work. On Saturday morning we had a frost delay as the first green would not clear. This time of year, the sun barely reaches the top of the trees behind 2 tee, about 75 yards away from the green. These few, out of play trees delayed tee times for an hour.
Two storms swept through the area over the last two weeks. Both carrying damaging winds and setting us back on course cleanup. The crew has worked tirelessly to catch up, but with seasonal layoffs coming soon, I’m not sure we’ll be able to get it all beofre we put the main course to bed.
Also, between storms we managed to squeeze in a driil-and-fill. In year 3 of a 5 year plan, the greens have made a dramatic turnaround. The process (documented on here before) which was met with quite a bit of resistance at the beginning has changed some minds. Members don’t seem to mind quite as much anymore, now that they see what it’s doing for the greens. Hardly a day went by this year without hearing comments like, “I’ve been a member here for 20 years and the greens have never been better”.
With showers in the forecast, we “hand” topdressed greens. Using kiln-dried, bagged sand, we applied it light enough that the rain would knock it down through the canopy. The point of this application is not to ammend the soils as with other heavier topdressing, but to improve the smoothness and ball roll on greens.
As expected, over night, a storm ripped through the area. With 1.1″ of rain and winds gusting between 45 and 50 mph, the course was a mess this morning. The crew did a great job clearing debris from all the playing surfaces and putting all the bunkers back together, and the scheduled Member/3 Guest went off without a hitch.