Welcome to my blog! My intention is to give you a more detailed, "behind the scenes" look at what the maintenance department does to take care of The Farms Country Club's private, 18-hole championship golf course. Enjoy!

Divot Day 2013!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Fast Approaching!

Memorial Day weekend arrives early this year. All departments are working hard with final preparations. The maintenance staff is busy sprucing up clubhouse areas with flowers, sod and mulch, setting the tone for a great season!
4,500 square feet of sod, in rolls, being placed for installation.
Sod being rolled out

Crew tightening up the seams and making the cuts.
Finished product!
Flowers being planted.
Mulch being spread.

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Divot Repair Mix Hits The Course!


We have improved our divot repair mix for this season! We have taken our already high quality material and added some amendments to increase our germination success. During the primary golf season, we normally use a divot mix composed of sand and peat moss. We are now experimenting with the addition of a porous ceramic product and a granular wetting agent. The mix has improved water holding capacity which allows our desired creeping bentgrass seed the best chance of germination. We purchased a cement mixer to allow us to thoroughly mix our own custom blend.
Cement mixer used to create new, custom, homogeneous divot mix
Creeping bentgrass is our seed of choice because it is genetically superior to the inferior, indigenous Poa Annua. There are times of the year when you may notice that the seed does not seem to germinate as well as others. This is primarily attributable to not enough moisture in the filled divot. We cannot irrigate our tees and fairways with the sole purpose of germinating seed in the divots. If we did this, we would be reducing playability because these areas would be over-watered. Fast and firm is always our goal. We will be continually tweaking the mixture throughout the season until we have created the best mix possible!

Added benefits of this mix are sterility and dryness. No weed seeds are introduced to our fairways and tees and a dry mix keeps seed from germinating in the divot boxes and bottles.

Finally, our divot filling program has been our most successful tool in increasing creeping bentgrass populations, especially in fairway landing areas and high use areas on tees.

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

Let’s keep this simple…

1.    Divot Mix:
a.    Only use if it is provided! If it is not provided, there is a reason.
b.    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.

2.    Replacement of divots:
a.    Always replace divots in the rough and first cut!
b.    Always replace divots, ANYWHERE, when seed & soil mix is not provided!

Ø We provide players with divot mix at the proper agronomic timing!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Bentgrass Nursery Already Paying Off!

We are already using our new Creeping Bentgrass nursery for patch work on the course. Long gone are the days of stealing grass from the Practice Green!
Our greens are finally starting to perk up and we are seeing a little growth. One of the ways we are fixing some of the damaged areas is to utilize cup-cutter turf plugs from the nursery. We space the plugs far enough apart so that foot and mower traffic will not damage young bentgrass seedlings as they sprout. It will help these areas to fill in quicker too. Additionally, the plugs we are installing are Creeping Bentgrass. The desirable species we are constantly trying to increase in population.
Turf plugs being removed from nursery. The plugs on right are from a damaged area.
A close up of a four inch plug. LOOK AT THOSE ROOTS!
Chris spacing out the turf plugs on thirteen green.
Our next step in the healing process will be to overseed the greens Tuesday, May fifth. A slice seeder will be going across the greens in two directions. This is a non-invasive process. After a quick roll we will lightly topdress and water. Perfect timing because it looks like the warm weather is finally coming!