Winter at Hyde Park was brief, and mostly without cold and snow save for a few days here and there. Spring is here, and arrived early as our first mowing of the putting surfaces was February 28th. The warmer temperatures allowed the grounds staff to complete spring aerification soon after on March 16th, which is the approximate date of our first mowing in a "normal" year.
The mild fall and winter months enabled the staff to complete some important projects with the help of outside contractors. The cart path paving project completed by the end of October, allowing all sod and newly seeded areas to root and grow in before winter. The excessive rain and downpours we experienced have not negatively impacted this project and we are pleased with how it wintered.
|Small hollow-tine Aerification of drain lines|
Almost immediately following the path project began the installation of internal drainage on greens 4, 8, 9, 12 and 17. Again, like previous years of drainage work, we are seeing excellent results and benefits to our membership. The ability to allow our 100 year old native greens to drain properly and dry out allows for the golf course to be open more often following heavy rains, without negatively impacting the putting surfaces. Like previous years, we will need to pay extra attention to the drain lines. Additional cultural practices, nutrients, and water will all be needed.
As always, you can follow us on Twitter, @djlaw308 and @pobrienhpgcc, for course updates and cart status, as well as checking with the golf shop prior to your round.
Thanks and enjoy the 2016 golf season!
Assistant Grounds Superintendent