Thursday, March 15, 2012

An Early Start

It's March 15th and we have removed all the covers from the greens.  I would say we are about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule with this process.  Thankfully we were able to have 7 seasonal staff members come in early to help us begin the process of preparing the course for the season.  Obviously the more staff we have the smoother and more efficient we are with the process.  Of the 21 greens at the club 19 of greens are covered using the Greenjacket covers with foam insulation.  Only the 17th green appears to have some minor turf issues.

It appears that at some point moisture got under the cover and became trapped causing the low spots of the green to become water soaked.  I have pulled a sample to see if the turf will recover.  We are also immediately covering this portion of the green with an HPI cover to aid with warming the soil to generate some growth.  We want to see how much of the grass is truly alive and if there is really any death associated in this area of the green.
Front right corner of 17 green.

Otherwise we are very pleased with the overall condition and health of the putting surfaces.  In preparation for opening the course we will get the greens cleaned off, rolled and mowed over the course of the next week.  General clean-up and spring maintenance will be in full swing starting next week.  By all accounts we are off to a solid start.

 9th green
 13th green
It takes a team to complete this task!

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