Over the next two days the putting greens will be "vented". The process of venting involves placing a 3/8 of an inch hole on 1.5 centers roughly about 3 inches in depth. Venting improves the Turfgrass health by:
Allowing increased oxygen exchange within the root zone
Increased water infiltration into the subsoil
Added root growth while temperatures are moderate
Venting is completed roughly every 25 days, it generally takes about 15 hours to topdress, punch holes and roll the surfaces. It generally takes a few days for the holes to completely close.
This past week lineal and core cultivation were completed on the teeing surfaces, these practices remove thatch; enhancing water movement, firming the surfaces, allowing for improved playability. The newly renovated tees on 11, 12, 14, 16 were only aerified to break up the layering between the sand and sod. The tees should see full recovery in two weeks.
The grounds staff is placing the final touches on the golf course and grounds for the 1st annual Drehs Cup on Friday, May 18th. The membership at Hyde Park initiated this event to honor Larry for the 27 years of service and commitment as the Head Golf Professional at Hyde Park Golf and Country Club. I have worked with Larry for 7 years, and there is no question he is a true professional and advocate when it comes to communicating and answering questions related to the grounds and golf course operations. The entire Grounds staff would like to say "thank-you" and we are looking forward to a great event for the members and guests.
-He even is willing to pass on feedback that his putting skills are impacted by the " bumpy greens" as noted in the photo below.- thanks Larry we have noted!
Mary the staff Horticulturalist, along with the help of Diane have been very busy getting the summer annuals ready for the areas around the Clubhouse, Tennis, Pool and Proshop. This entire process will take roughly about 2 weeks to complete all these areas. The spring plants will be slowly be removed to make room for the summer blooms.
With the golf season starting to ramp-up it signals the arrival of new staff members including the Turfgrass Interns. Each season we have 2-3 interns from various schools across the United States and the globe. The intern program provides a valuable learning experience along with bringing dedicated individuals to Hyde Park. Recently, Thomas Baillie from the Ohio International Intern Program completed a year long internship, we would like to thank Thomas for his hard work and dedication. Thomas is looking forward to returning to Scotland for some much cooler weather! The two new Turfgrass interns are Pham Tai from The Ohio International Intern Program and Trevor Stacy from Purdue University.