Monday, August 8, 2011

Rain Rain Rain

5 inches and counting so far in the past two weeks.....totals almost unheard of for this time of year.  We had yet another 9/10" last night, and the course received it very well.  And to think I was talking about the probability of having to ease off on fairway and rough irrigation not too long ago.....

With all of the rain we have seen, it has certainly left the course bright green, and very lush.  The rough, is very full and healthy, and certainly creating some high scores once you leave the fairway.  It is also creating some very healthy weeds in our beloved fescue; something we are starting to tackle again with cooler temperatures in the forecast.  And for all of you who think that I must love fescue, and it is something that big old mean Jamie creates to make your round tough, I have a very quick tale to tell you.....

Last Wednesday, in the midst of my weekly Men's League round, I had a fescue moment on #15.  After starting out the first three holes at a blistering 5-over par, I managed to birdie both the 13th, and the 14th holes.  Being that back-to-back birdies are a novelty to this 18 handicap hack, I was a little pumped up while hitting my tee shot on 15, and gently pulled it into the fescue between 15 and 18.  After pounding my first attempt further into the fescue, and doing the same on my second attempt, I eventually had to take an unplayable lie out of our wonderful fescue.  To make a long story short, I chipped in for a smooth and easy 7.  Needless to say, I had a few choice words uttered under my breathe for Mr. Muylaert.  So the purpose of this story, is yes it affects me too, and no I can't do anything about it....it is the way Rene wanted it.....

Of course, by now everybody knows that we had a record-breaking month of July in regards to the heat.  It was very hot, and eventually very hot and very wet.  This trend has continued for the most part into August, with actual temperatures falling slightly, but the humidity has remained.  With these types of weather conditions, we certainly begin to see a lot more disease pressure on the turf.  One of these diseases is Anthracnose.  Now, I have adopted the mentality here at Sawmill, to allow Anthracnose to occur, without treating it with fungicides.  The reason being mainly that Anthracnose for the most part attacks Poa before the Bent.  This is not to say it won't attack the Bent, but in my experience, it does a great job of eliminating Poa.  Seeing that we are primarily Bentgrass in our Greens, tees and fairways, I let nature take its course, and help eliminate the weaker Poa.  This is happening in full force right now, mainly on fairways.  In particular 1, 12 and 18 are the main culprits right now.  Here is a great shot showing the Anthracnose doing its best at wiping out the weak Poa.  Note that this area is a low spot for water to run off of 12 fairway and into the pond during heavy rain events.....


.You can clearly see the line of Poa heading towards the pond, and where the Anthracnose has taken advantage of this weaker species.  Ideally, we will pop into this area with an over-seeder and drop in some Bent, but we'll have to see if time and resources allow us to....

Of course the main question this morning, after yet another near 1" of rain yesterday afternoon, was how did the drain at #7 handle the rain?  Well, I was very pleased to see this morning that it handled it very well, and there was no more standing water on any of the areas we had worked on.  Progress is a beautiful thing....

As always, if you have any questions, you can contact me at jamie.downton@sawmill-creek.com

Jamie

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