Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
(star-tine holes after 1 week, no topdressing)
The green boxes display the holes left by an 1/8” needle tine. These tines are much less destructive to the turf, but still very effective. We ran a Salsco tournament roller after we aerified with the 1/8” pencil tine, and the results had virtually no impact to the ball roll.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Prepared by: Jonathan Ayers, White Wing Superintendent
Monday, November 5, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
It’s that time of the year once again, we get out those dreaded machines that “mess up the greens” and start our aerification practices. Please realize that aerification is for the long term health of the turf and will ultimately promote a healthier green.
“Aerification (also known as aeration) achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch.
Like so many things, the quality of a good putting green is more than skin deep. In fact, the condition of a green has a lot to do with what goes on below the surface. In order for grass to grow at 1/8-inch, it must have deep, healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen. In good soil, they get the oxygen from tiny pockets of air trapped between soil and sand particles.
Over time, the traffic from golfer’s feet (as well as mowing equipment) tends to compact the soil under the putting green – particularly when the soil contains a lot of clay. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets on which the roots depend are crushed, and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants become weaker and will eventually wither and die.
Aerification is a mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting, thus helping the grass plants stay healthy. In most cases, it’s done by removing half-inch cores (those plugs you sometimes see near a green or in fairways) from the compacted soil, allowing for an infusion of air and water that brings a resurgence of growth. The spaces are then filled with sand “topdressing” that helps the soil retain air space and makes it easier for roots to grow downward.
Older greens often are constructed of soils with significant amounts of silt, clay and fine organic particles that are prone to compaction. Filling aerification holes with sand improves drainage and resists compaction. The periodic introduction of sand to a green’s top layer can, over time, avoid or postpone expensive rebuilding or renovation of greens.
Finally, growing of turf adds to a layer of organic matter on the surface. This layer, called thatch, is an accumulation of dead stems, leaves and roots. A little organic matter makes for a resilient green, but too much invites diseases and insects. Topdressing with sand can prevent thatch buildup, and aerification is one of the best ways to reduce an existing layer and prevent an excess of thatch from becoming established.”
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
- Sprayed sand traps with wetting agents
- Hand watered when staff was available to do so
- Used hand tampers to try and pack the sand
- Lab Tested sand to verify proper specifications – It did meet the guidelines.
- Contacted the Sand Supplier for any recommendations on firming the bunkers up more quickly.
- Contacted several Superintendents in the State that have used the same sand and compared notes on the maintenance of the bunkers.
- Removed 2 inches of sand from the greenside bunkers on #18 at LH and #16 greenside at WW to see if the shallow depth would help the sand set better. We are going to give it two weeks from June 25th and evaluate it then.
- Evaluate the bunkers that we removed the sand from
- If it is still soft we will have to remove an inch or two out of the greenside bunkers and add in sand that will compact more. It will be the same color but will be a different particle size and more angular in shape so that it will compact.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Golf Course UpdateCowan Creek Greens Update
Progress is being made! The greens at Cowan are starting to roll much smoother and the health of the turf is coming back. We still have the low areas to work on, but, with continued aerifications of these areas, we will win the battle. These photos are the before and after pictures of the soil profile of the lower left area on #9 green. As you can see, with just 3 aerifications, we have significantly reduced the amount of Black Layer and provided many channels to let the roots get oxygen, thus producing a healthier plant.
Sand Traps at White Wing and Legacy Hills
With input from the Course Playability Committee and Golf Committee, we are going to be removing some sand out of a couple of select greenside bunkers, to see if it will help with the firmness of the sand. This will be completed and reviewed before the next Golf Committee meeting on June 25, so that we can report our findings back to the Committees at that time. This may or may not be a solution, but, unless this option is explored, we do not know the answer. We are also sending sand samples into a lab to review the specifications of it; this will determine if it matches the specifications that were given to us at the time of construction. This will also let us know if we are dealing with sand that meets the USGA recommended specifications.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
We hosted the Support the Troops tournament at White Wing on Thursday of last week and besides a little rain it went very well. Being a veteran myself I love to see that our community here is so supportive of our service people. Thank you.
On a side note we had a lightning strike on #18 at White Wing on Thursday night after the storms had come through.
The strike caused all of the irrigation control boxes on #18 to shut off and the trip the breaker located at the shop. We will have to go through this week and test each sprinkler to make sure they are working properly, many times lightning strikes “fry” the solenoids and we have to dig up the heads to repair them.