Hurricane Idalia 8-30-23
Phil Pavoni, Hal Johnson & Phil Hardin
During the month of September, we have a very busy schedule out on the course. As most of you have seen the project on #12 is moving on to #7 area then last, we will finish on #11. This will give the course a cleaner look while also allowing plenty of area for water to move. The Bunker project will be beginning any day. We have been discussing the bun-kers that will be renovated. The bunkers included are numbers 1, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, & 18. This will include removing the current sand, adding drains where needed, reshaping the bunkers, adding capillary concrete and resodding around the bunkers. Our goal is to give you more playable bunkers without the high sand faces while still having some character out there to visually look at.
Our greens aeration went smoothly, and the greens have almost fully recovered. On 8/31 the first application of a PGR (plant growth regulator) was applied, and ball speed should start to return soon. We also have begun our pre-emergent applications. These ap-plications vary from the type of grass we have to the area that is being treated. For exam-ple… Greens will get a later application this year to target some of the poa annua that germinated late last year. While the rough has been sprayed already with a pre-emergent and post emergent to clean up some of the current weeds that broke through this sum-mer. Fairways will fall in between with split applications and par 3’s will soon with a dif-ferent product to allow the overseeded Rye grass to germinate.
Overall, the course is in good shape, and we will continue to make greens our priori-ty. With the extreme temperature and dry periods, we are continually working on improv-ing irrigation and adjusting our plans to accommodate the weather. We appreciate all our members and are thankful you play here.
Please remember to use the sand buckets on par 3 tees to help the area heal faster and always repair ball marks on Greens.
General Manager & Golf Course Superintendent