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It is my intention to give the readers a better understanding of what we do to maintain The Farms Country Club's 18 hole championship golf course and grounds.


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Bunker Renovation on Hole #14 Complete!

We began our renovation of the left green-side bunker on hole fourteen late last Fall. The bunker is now complete and in play! Below are some pictures which show the process we went through.
The base was cleared of old sand and the "DREADED FABRIC". Then it was sodded.

The sod was killed this Spring and the dead turf was scalped with a string trimmer.

After dead turf scalped and cleaned of debris.

The drain lines being filled with bunker sand so work vehicles could easily dump loads throughout. 

After 45 tons of sand added. We smoothed and packed by watering and using Sand Pro Machine.

Another view. The sand will continue to firm up and level off through normal maintenance.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Soil Temperatures. The Waiting Game.

Soil temperatures greatly effect our turfgrass management on the course. We have been struggling to see afternoon soil temperatures get over 55 degrees. It has been even worse this week with 48 to 50 degrees. There are a few things you should know about low soil temperature...

  • Air temperatures may get warm for portions of the day but soil temperatures fluctuate more slowly
  • Grass seed will not germinate so our project areas are slow to develop
  • Creeping Bentgrass and Poa Annua will not grow evenly due to different genetic characteristics
  • Those yellow rings on the greens will not go away until the grass grows
Soil temperature #1 Green
Air temperatures finally look to be on the rise for next week. With it, the hopes that soil temperatures will improve and we can get this party started! Soon enough we will be talking about green grass and thick rough!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Time To Fill Your Divots!

We have started putting divot mix containers on the course. We should have everything in place by weeks end.

How do I fix my divots at The Farms Country Club?

Let’s keep this simple…
Divot Mix:
  • Only use if it is provided! If it is not provided, there is a reason.
  • Only use divot mix on tees and fairways!
  • You may not see the seed, but it is in there. There are nearly 6,000,000 seeds in one pound of Creeping Bentgrass. They are small.

Replacement of divots:
  • Always replace divots in the rough and first cut!
  • Always replace divots, ANYWHERE, when seed & soil mix is not provided!
Have a Nice Day!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Great Start To The Season!

WELCOME BACK!

The last six months have been very good on the golf course! Warm temperatures at the end of last season not only allowed players to enjoy the course longer, but gave the maintenance staff the rare opportunity to accomplish some projects and extra maintenance.

  • Most importantly, we had the INCREDIBLY RARE opportunity to complete our Spring aerification in December! Yes, you read that correctly... 

WE ARE NOT AERIFYING GREENS THIS SPRING!!!
  • We spent extra time working on our bunkers
  • We did a large amount of tree work to improve turf health and playability
    • We will begin aerifying and seeding the work areas next week
  • We installed a split rail fence along #16 path
  • We made some much needed repairs and upgrades to our irrigation pump station
  • Etc.
A couple more quick notes...
  • Do not be alarmed about those interesting yellow rings on the greens. It is a very non invasive disease that will clear up with our next application of plant protectants next week. There are a few different names for it but most common is "Cool Season Brown Patch"

  • You may notice that our fairways, tees and greens are off color. This is due to our yearly applications for Poa Annua seed-head control. We use special growth regulators to suppress the seed-heads. This practice not only provides golfers with much better playing conditions but actually enhances turf health.
  • We have been allowing the turf to dry out as much as possible so you may see some wilt damage. This is normal and we are trying our best to provide fast firm playing conditions. We are also taking advantage of allowing the Poa Annua to become more stressed on the greens which helps the more desirable Creeping Bentgrass to flourish. We will be overseeding greens in a few weeks and this will only give us better results. Don't be alarmed by overseeding. It is the slice seeder we purchased last year and is non-invasive. The greens recover rapidly.
  • We have begun our weed control sprays and you will slowly see those few dandelions going away. Remember that we try to blanket large areas first, then pay attention to the hard to reach areas like "noses" of bunkers and edges around trees, etc.