Over the next two weeks, expect course conditions to peak and hold at this standard throughout the remainder of the season... with two caveats:
When we apply wetting agents, surfactants or really expensive "Tide for Turf", we have to apply extra water to push his material off the turf surface and down into the soil. This can create softer conditions for one to two days. Wetting agents are applied monthly from May to September.
We will continue to lightly sand or topdress greens weekly and punch small holes in the turf (all areas) monthly to increase oxygen in the root zone and improve the infiltration rate of water applied as irrigation. You may be surprised to know that we needle-tine aerated all greens Monday morning ahead of golf. We also applied a surfactant, topdressed and watered.
Two weeks at a glance:
Green speeds - we will slowly reduce the height of cut (HOC) on our greens from .100 down to .095 or 95/1000 of an inch. This HOC should create a four to six inch increase in green speeds.
Pin locations - we are utilizing an electronic pin location program to help select and rotate hole locations. Our greens have severe contours that have required some trial and adjustment within the software. Please feel free to provide feedback and examples of pins you found too tough and pins you found unique and interesting. We are working quickly and diligently to fine-tune this system.
[See Photo 1] Our 2nd green - each coloured dot represents a hole location or "pin". Blue is today's pin, green is easy, yellow is medium and red is most difficult.
Fairway rolling - you may have seen the world's largest rolling pin being pulled by a tractor over the last few weeks. Rolling fairways has many benefits, including: increasing ball roll, reducing organic matter accumulation and reducing turfgrass disease.
Drone update - we are in the final phases of application review and approval. We plan to install the units and start flights the first week of July.
Please send comments, questions and subjects you would like me to cover in upcoming blog posts.
Paul Robertson, Links Superintendent