Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer has left us

As is the norm in these parts, it appears as though summer has left us rather quickly.  The pst couple of weeks have presented highs in the high teens and lows dipping to single digits.  The weird weather year of 2017 continues...

As is also the case, I often sit at my computer at this time of year, and wonder how it has been 6 weeks since my last update.  There is no point in making excuses, it is what it is, so let's just begin.....

I would like to begin by thanking the small army of support that we received from resident's and members during the GAO Juvenile Championships last month.  For us to put our best foot forward and showcase the club, it is always imperative to have a few extra set of hands available, and we could not have done so without you.  Thank you.

I am sure you have noticed that the fescue has begun its annual trimming.  We will continue to cut the fescue over the next three weeks, in an attempt to clean it up as much as possible prior to our herbicide applications.

It is also that time of year when the aerators come out of storage, and start the very important task of allowing our turf plants to breathe.  We have started with some non-invasive slicing to the fairways, and will continue with the coring of the rough, tees, greens and fairways as we finish off the year.  There will be some disruption to playing areas at times, and if the weather is wet, do not be surprised if things get a little muddy.  As always, this is short term pain, for long term gain.

Greens aeration will begin on October 2nd, and I do anticipate this taking 3-4 days to complete.

On a final note, I know many of you are aware of the loss we had in the turf department last month, with the Turf dog Kayda.  Kayda had been with me for more than 10 years, and had been by my side from my beginnings as a Superintendent.  She was responsible for keeping us relatively goose free, and her presence is already missed (there have been hundreds of geese out on the course the past few mornings).  Although it was sudden and unexpected, Kayda left us doing exactly what she loved; running the course.  In fact, the day she passed away, she refused to ride in the cart with me - she just never gave up.  The dog lived to work, and we all enjoyed her presence in the shop every day.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a line at

Thanks for reading,


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