November 21, 2010

Frost, Soil Samples, & Projects

It was 29 degrees (Fahrenheit) at 6:00 am this morning, so this video seemed appropriate.  The video quality is pretty rough, but the message in the audio is good.


The hole 3 bunker project should be completed next week.  The moss and tree roots have been removed from the east side of the bunker bank (right side in the photo below).  The entire area has also been re-shaped to match the original design.  Sand has been added to the bunker to bring it up to the proper level.  Aeration cores and seed will be used to re-establish turf.

Soil samples were collected for analysis this week.  They will be analyzed for pH, CEC (cation ion exchange capacity), organic matter, and various nutrients.  The results of the soil analysis will help shape the fertility planning in the future.  Samples were collected from various greens, tees, and fairways.

The use of traffic control stakes is critical this time of year.  This is mainly due to wet conditions combined with slower turf growth.  Ropes will be used in a few areas to keep cart traffic away, but in general the appearance and ease of moving our green stakes is the preferred method of traffic control.  The goal is to vary traffic enough so that turf will remain in all areas.

Brush and debris clearing between hole 3 and hole 4 was started this week.  Brush, low lying tree limbs, dead trees, and downed limbs will be removed in order to make the area more playable.  However, if you are looking for the best angle to the green, hit the ball in the fairway.

The weather during the last week has been less than desirable for golf.  There has been 3.74 inches of precipitation over the last week (11/14/10 - 11/20/10).  The daily high temperatures have dropped about 10 degrees.  The precipitation total for the year is up to 65.79 inches.