Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Zoysia Grass and Tropical Storm Bill

The recent humidity and now moist soil conditions has sent the Zoysia grass in high gear. The new Zoysia on the approaches of holes 4,6 and 8 are coming in quite nicely. We are close to the regular mowing heights on 4 and 8. The approach on 6 will take a little longer because of the difficulty mowing the steep slope. The staff continues to sand topdress these areas to firm and smooth.

The new Zoysia has come along way since being laid dormant last fall. As noted, in the photos below.


It generally takes about a full growing season for new Zoysia grass in this area to play and look like the existing fairways

Establihed Zoysia at Hyde Park
TS Bill

With an inch of rain this week, the soils are becoming moist and in some cases saturated. The most recent forecasts have the remnants of TS Bill stretching into the Ohio Valley this weekend. It is unclear at this point how much rain will fall, but it will almost certainly impact cart rules and course status. Please check with the Proshop, club emails, Twitter and facebook for the latest on course conditions. In advance of the wet weather the staff has been busy preparing the course with:

  • Increased frequency of mowing
  • Applications of plant growth regulators and plant protectants
  • Sand Topdressing to tees and greens

The forecast next week does not look promising with more rain hot and humid conditions. The staff will be busy with venting of the putting surfaces to dry them out depending on what Mother Nature throws at us.


Pat O'Brien

Grounds Superintendent


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