July 27, 2012

7 green

It was another productive week for the agronomy staff. The greens, fairways, and one pass in the primary rough were fertilized. Localized dry spots (LDS) in the fairways were spot treated with wetting agent. All turf areas were mowed at our typical frequency for this time of year. The driving range tee was over seeded and top dressed. Hand watering of LDS was performed on greens, approaches, green surrounds, and some fairway areas. Bunker sand was redistributed in many bunkers. Irrigation system repairs were performed. Equipment was prepared for next weeks quad tine (1/4" inch) greens aeration. Golf carts and golf cart chargers were repaired and put back into service.

The agronomy "mascot" out for a stroll on hole 16

Over the last few weeks, a coyote has joined the agronomy staff's morning preparations. At first, we thought it was strange, but now it has just become part of our routine. Typically, "Wiley" (a near theft of Wile E. Coyote from Looney Tunes) joins our morning preparations on hole 7, then checks out holes 11, 12, 15, and 16. Wiley, is in no way threatening. Mostly, she (I think) just roams around hunting ground squirrels and the like. Andrew noticed that Wiley seemed to be using the noise from our equipment to distract her prey. While I have not personally noticed this, it makes good sense and provides an explanation as to why we see her every morning.

5 green closeup

I am continuing to receive numerous compliments on the condition of the golf course. My staff has been working hard to keep the golf course in good condition, and they deserve the credit. So here is my shout-out to you Sandpines Agronomy staff (Jerry Waite, Steven Cannaday, John Fleischer, Jim McClure, Bob McGallian, Clinton Waite, Andrew Fortin, and John Peterson). Thanks guys, I couldn't do it without you. I really appreciate your hard work and dedication. Keep up the good work.