Late August is a busy time for the Grounds Staff, the college students are returning to school and projects are starting to gear up. Recently the staff has completed aeration of the tees and greens with great results. Aeration during this time frame can be a challenge on the turf due to extreme temperatures but the healing process is much faster compared to late Septmeber and generally the golf calendar is slower with the return to school for Elementary and Highschool students.
The greens are bumpy and slow but they have filled in well, as noted in the photo above.
The staff and I have been busy with other initiatives such as:
- Slicing of the fairways to reduce compaction and improve water movement
- Rough aeration and spot seeding to enhance turf type tall fescue populations
The are a few key projects this fall including;
Cart path renovations totaling close to 1.5 miles on Holes 7, 8, 2, 1 and 18. This project will commence September 21st and should be completed in 3-5 weeks pending weather conditions. The golf course will be open during this process, however hole closures may need to be employed to ensure the safety of the contractors and our staff. Updates and progress will occur via Twitter and the Grounds Blog.
Scope of the work including cart path re-routes, drainage and irrigation relocation
Other projects will include added green drainage on holes 8, 9, 12 and 17 along with tee enhancements.
As always, thanks for the feedback and questions concerning the initiatives on the golf course and grounds at Hyde Park. Please email us with any questions? Grounds@hydeparkcc.com