Friday, June 15, 2018

Employing Superstition

History has shown that if I blog about course conditions, or make note of any sort of extreme weather pattern, the opposite comes to here it goes.....

IT IS DRY!!!!!

We are going through our water reserves at a steady pace.  With one pond already emptied, and another well on its way, water conservation will become a topic of conversation very quickly here.  The lack of humidity, steady winds and high skies have all contributed to very high evapotranspiration rates.  This means that the turf plant is requiring a lot of water right now to sustain health at the moment, and if an issue is encountered, it makes it very difficult to play catch-up.

This is the exact scenario that we are faced with on holes 11, 12 and 14 following an electrical issue with our control system.  It just so happens that this satellite controls more than 100 sprinkler heads (by far the most on the golf course), making it very difficult to compensate for the breakdown we experienced.  We have been fortunate to have had low overnight temperatures which has prevented this from becoming a larger issue than it has already been.

With this week's topdressing of our greens, it has been nice to see a return of our great putting surfaces.  Speed has picked up, as has ball roll, which has been noticed by many.  Thank you all for your positive words of encouragement.

I am sure many of you have noticed the drastic improvements to the gardens and landscapes surrounding the clubhouse.  Shelley, Lena and Ruth have all been diligently working away at this vast transformation, and deserve a big pat on the back for their hard work.  There is still much to come....

Thanks for reading!


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