As is the primary topic of this blog, let's talk weather. It has been, and looks to continue staying hot for the foreseeable future. I love the photo taken the other day from the shop....almost like an oven preheating; which as you all know has been the case lately.
The course is handling it marvelously thus far, although it is always a guessing game as to how long it will hold on. These are extreme temperatures for cool season grasses to thrive in - especially the high overnight temperatures. The high dew points may make irrigating easier - or absent as has been the case - but it also creates a petri-dish of potential fungal activity. Dollar spot is certainly taking hold in our fairways and tees, with the pressure mounting on our putting surfaces. It should be an interesting ride over the coming weeks as summer rolls along.
Clover has been quite active over the past month, with only the back nine having received any treatment so far. The control has been marginal, but has at least knocked the flower head back. The front nine will be taken care of as soon as possible.
Thank you to the many who have flagged down our staff lately with compliments and praise. It goes a long way in keeping the motivation for many of us during these grueling summer days, and is nice to know that our efforts are appreciated. Thank you!
Enjoy the heat!