I receive this question quite often from members, as well people who are not familiar with GCM. So what do we do when mother nature blesses us with temperatures below freezing?
Some days we have to bite the bullet and put on an extra 3 pair of socks, but we also work on painting tee amenities, cart stakes, tee markers etc. this is also the time our mechanic goes through all of our equipment to grind reels, change bed knives, and make any necessary adjustments to make it through the upcoming season. It’s also a great planning time for myself for the calendar year.
The GCM staff has been working hard to finish up a few smaller projects the last couple days. Below is a sneak peak of one of the additions coming soon.
The GCM staff these past few weeks have been working on raising tree canopies, as well as removing dead and unsightly trees. Our past greens committee meeting we decided to move 2 maples from the right of #12 fairway. We moved the two maples, as well as two crepe myrtles from the putting green bed over to #1. We are going to replace the PG bed with an annual flower bed to bring more color onto the course this spring.
I have had several questions regarding tree canopies on #13, #14, and #15. We raised these canopies to get more sunlight to the underlying rough, and to produce a better playing surface. If you have ever been in these areas, you can attest that they are usually weak areas. Our goal is to plant along #13 and #14 tree line and to have a more uniform hedge row that is not filled with vines and thorns, and will also provide a screen for the golf course.
We built and placed a new divot bottle holder in the tunnel that was needed, feel free to stop and refill when you make the turn!
The Golf Course Maintenance staff would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year. We are looking forward to 2015!
The GCM staff has been using “turning boards” or lattice to help relieve our collars during winter dormancy of the Zoysia and Bermuda grass. This will help alleviate some stress on the edges while we are still mowing greens during the winter months. This practice will increase our time and labor, but we are hopeful it pays off in the spring.
With a cold front moving in this weekend and temperatures dipping into the 30′s, I would like to take the time to remind and educate everyone of frost and freeze delays on greens, as well as fairways. This year having overseeded fairways we will have to take extra precautions, to make sure all the frost has lifted, before play can begin.
Water is the primary component of plant tissue. When water freezes in the plant, in turn making frost, cart traffic and foot traffic can cause ice crystals in the cells to puncture through the cell walls, killing the plant tissue. Cart traffic can injure dormant bermuda as well. If we remember back to last spring a lot of our winter damage was from heavily shaded areas, cart traffic entering fairways, and carts pulling up next to tee boxes. The time frame of when a frost will lift or thaw out on a particular day is hard to tell. There are several factors, such as sunlight and how heavy or light of a frost, that would affect the timing of a delay. Please be patient as we weather through this winter.
If you have anymore questions regarding frost or freeze delay send me an email Tyler.Ingram@ourclub.com
The GCM staff has been working on areas in rough that were either winter kill areas or areas in fescue that were common bermuda. Our plan is to convert these areas to Fescue and make a monostand and more consistent rough. Until these areas are 100%, please play the roped off areas as ground under repair. A big thanks to Ryan Moriarity for use of his Rototiller. Thank you for your cooperation.
This year our staff continued with the annual tree planting according to the Master Landscape Plan created 2 years ago. We planted 6 October Glory Maples this year between 12 and 13 fairways and between 5 and 6 fairways. In both of these areas we lost a couple trees in 2013 that changed the play of these holes and in effort to restore the true character we introduced a crop of trees for the next generation of golfers to continue to play BYCC as originally designed.
Trees #5 & #6
Trees #12 & #13