Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Friday, March 31, 2017

Aeration and Tennis Update

Another sign of Spring is the conditioning of the Har-Tru courts for the upcoming season; these processes were completed last week. Coming out of winter, the courts are extremely soft, we will continue to firm-up these surfaces by rolling. With a little help from Mother Nature and some dry weather we hope to have the uppper courts open by April 7th, the lower courts may take a few days longer beacause they retain water and sit in the shade, in comparison to the upper courts. Stay tuned.

Last week, our team aerified the putting and teeing surfaces with excellent results, these surfaces are healing well, however they will take longer to heal in comparison to the fall aeration because the soil temperatures are much cooler and the days are shorter. Healing time will take another full two weeks unless Larry can get on the rest of the greens to help the cause. Thanks you for your patience!

 

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at grounds@hydeparkcc.com
Pat O'Brien
Grounds Superintendent

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hurry up and Wait!

Once again Mother Nature continues to be a challenge, a tease of warm weather, a blast of heavy precipitation and even snow. Over the past few weeks we have adjusted our operations accordingly to the ups and downs of the weather.

The HP Ground's team has done an excellent job with many small projects and practices that will enhance the experience for 2017 and beyond.

  • Drainage installed last fall in the bottom of 17 fairway is functioning well
  • Drainage installed in the 13th and 18th greens in October of 2017 is working great. All greens now have functioning drainage
  • The turf fan is installed and the new fence on 14 looks great!
  • Turfgrass interns are arriving for the 2017 season
  • Annual bluegrass (Poa) populations are negligible in fairways, greens and tees (more to come on this subject next month)
  • Aerifcation of the putting surfaces has begun; almost 3 weeks in advance of past years timing
A hint of green- with no Poa

It won't be long before carts are able to scatter to the fairways, we need a little more growth and firming to ensure there is no damage to the slow growing Zoysia. As always, please follow along on twitter @pobrienhpgcc for the latest updates on course conditions and projects.

Spring has almost sprung!

Thank-you,

Pat O'Brien

Grounds Superintendent