Turfgrass on our course has survived exceptionally well through the most difficult time of the season. While I'm incredibly pleased with our conditions for this time of year, we have experienced thinning and some turf loss in certain areas. Most thinning and loss is attributable to areas where water collects and/or the soil remains saturated for long periods of time. Even in areas where drainage has been enhanced over my 25+ years, we still have issues because the soil is a heavy clay. The best example being #10 fairway. We have turf loss in areas that consistently puddle yet are within feet of drain lines.
Some of our greens, like #'s 12 and 13, remain puddled and saturated during extended periods of heavy rains which causes thinning. The near four inches of rain since Sunday has not helped the cause this week.
The photos below were taken this morning to help you visualize the conditions we are seeing in the above mentioned areas.
The weather will finally be turning the corner in the next couple of weeks allowing us to overseed the effected areas and begin the road to recovery.
|Corner #10 Fairway|