Friday, August 30, 2013

Practice tee open for play.

With the new hybrid Bermudagrass tee open for play I will provide a weekly picture to follow the healing potential of this new turf. This turf was chosen because of it's playability,durability and rapid healing capacity. Along with the new turf the practice tee was widened 30 feet to give us even more healing ability.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Short game area open. Chipping green is still closed for a few more weeks.

Practice tee is open today!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bunker clean up after a flood.

The layer of flood silt needs to be scraped off the surface into piles. If this material does not get removed then the color of the white sand will darken over time.
This bunker is half way done with the scraping process.
After the silt is scraped into piles,the contaminated sand is shoveled into cushmans for removal.
Sand is then pulled up the edges of the bunker.                      

This is the final result of this process.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

View from the 5th walkbridge towards the 5th green.

This picture was taken Tuesday afternoon, the water drained off by Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

After 3.2" of rain from 6:00am - 9:00am.

Why are there spots of "WHITE" grass on the golf course?

#7 approach
The grass you are seeing on the golf course that has a white appearence is actually Common Bermudagrass that we have been trying to get rid of for the last three years. There are certain products on the market that will discourage growth of this grass and hopefully allow Bentgrass to fill in.
#13 approach

The "bleaching" effect of one of the products slows down the new growth of the Bemudagrass which is very important during the hot summer months. Without this effect the Bermudagrass could and would take over more and more area on the fairways, approaches and collars. 
This program also has some drawbacks, discoloration of the more desireable grass (bentgrass) may and usually does occur. This effect should grow out in a week or two. There is a very fine line in the rates we use so we have to be patient to achieve success. In the last two years we have reduced the Bermudagrass population in the targeted areas by 50%.

With all this said, you are asking yourself "Then why are we going to hybrid Bernudagrass on the practice areas?". That will be answered in a different blog posting. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Greens department staff member Doug Miller rolling the new practice green before cutting for the 1st time.

I am pleased to report that 17 days after seeding we are cutting the grass at the new practice green. This is the first step in growing in the green. The tentative opening date for the short game area is looking towards the end of August. The practice tee's opening date looks to be the week of Aug 26th.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Practice tee gets renovated!

This is a view of the practice tee after laser grading and partial sodding. The remaining sod will be installed on Weds. Aug 7th. During the renovation additional hitting space was added by expanding the tee towards the back and both sides.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

2013 WVCC golf champion :
Justin Williams