The fall season is a very busy time of year for the Grounds Staff and I as we prepare the golf course for next year. Many of the agronomic practices that are occurring now will have an impact in 2015. As many have you noted we have been engaged in:
- Aerifying and seeding the roughs
- Fall fertilization of all surfaces
- Removing summer annuals and planting of fall material
- Herbicide applications to the all rough areas
- Mowing of all high rough areas and herbicide applications
- Deeptine aeration of greens in late October/Early November
- Deeptine aeration of all tees and deep vertical mowing
This time of year we shift gears slightly to project mode of enchancing the property with various small in-house projects. This year is no different with several projects planned including:
- Tee leveling and reshaping
- Bentgrass approach conversion to zoysia and enlargement of these landing areas. We are planning convert the last approach areas if holes 4, 6 and 8.
Work has begun on the approach on 4. With the help of Golf Course Arcitect Tim Liddy, the scope of the work includes:
- Enlarging and reshaping of the approach to allow for greater visibility and increasing playability for the higher handicap golfer
- Conversion from bentgrass to zoysia grass
- Slightly reshaping green to Ross design
- Clean horizon lines on the back of green to give subtle look the green is much larger then it is
- Addition of short grass closer to the bunker to add greater challenge
Here are a few photos of the work thus far and a Ross sketch of the 4th green
Continuing this fall, drainage will be added to another 5 greens. After the next 5 greens are completed this will 6 greens left to drain. This process has and will continue to improve the consistency and health of the playing surfaces, please stayed tune for details.
Speaking of putting surfaces I wanted to pass a reminder along to fix you're ball marks (pitchmark) and any other ball marks that have been missed. The below graphic shows how to fix a ball mark properly, a properly fixed ball mark will allow the turf to heal extremely quickly and not leave an unsightly scar.
If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Grounds@hydeparkcc.com or follow us on twitter @pobrienhpgcc for the latest updates on the grounds.