Fall is here!

The cool weather is finally here, and we have been working on our cool season cultural practices.  Greens aerification was completed at the beginning of September.  We had a small issue on #2 and #3 greens when our aerifier tine protruded the tine guard and left bigger holes than intended. I had the question “why wouldn’t the operator stop” when you are removing plugs and they are laying on the surface after you have aerified, the larger holes were not noticeable. We have either plugged these areas out or seeded, and with great bentgrass weather upon us….finally…we shouldn’t notice these areas.

If you have played golf in the past week you may have seen a white tint in our fescue areas in our tree lines, this is from a herbicide called Pylex. Pylex removes warm season grasses as well as undesirable weeds, this in turn will help us get our fescue roughs back to a pure stand of fescue. The GCM staff has started aerifying these fescue roughs as well, and will be seeding these areas when we are finished.

Now that fall is here it is especially important that we get back in the habit of remaining on the cart path and following the 90 degree rule properly. This means carts remain on the cart path next to Tee boxes and use the cart path until you are even with your ball in the fairway.  You then exit the cart path and drive straight to your ball, hit and drive back to the cart path.  We have struggled in the past when breaking dormancy in heavy traffic areas being either so compacted or loss of leaf tissue that the Bermuda is beyond recovery.  Bermuda is NOT actively growing in the winter, there is no recovery process during the winter months, so making sure your group is adhering to the cart path rules properly helps provide a better spring green up.

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Let them breathe!

imageUSGA defines venting as the practice of creating small, non-disruptive holes in a putting green for the purpose of improving gas exchange, increasing infiltration of water, and relieves compaction.

With the amount of rainfall we received in July and the normal summer temperatures, this practice is vital to keeping our greens healthy.   You can see in the picture above, the right side has been vented and the left hasn’t. Typically we  use a 1/4″ solid tine at a 5″ depth every 3 to 4 weeks.  This type of Aerification is a lot less disruptive then spring and fall aerification and allows us to mow or roll right behind. Typically it takes 3 or 4 days for the tine holes to heal in.



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Bermuda grass Transition


It’s that time of the year to say goodbye to the rye. The temperatures have changed and are in favor of the Bermuda grass now. We will begin transitioning out the Ryegrass and begin encouraging the Bermuda fairways.

Ryegrass is a cool season grass, therefore will not survive our summer temperatures maintained at fairway height, and become more susceptible to disease when the plant is under stress during the summer months.

Bermudagrass and ryegrass are in competition for water, sunlight, and nutrients in early spring when the ryegrass is at its peak and the Bermuda is breaking dormancy.  Bermuda grass recovery is significantly delayed by this and in turn leaves a thin Bermuda canopy during transition in heavy traffic or shaded area and sometimes leading to turf loss.

The GCM staff over the next couple of weeks will be out promoting Bermuda grass growth and recovery  in fairways with cultural practices, so please be patient during this transition period.

If you have any questions regarding overseeding, fairways, or the golf course in general, feel free to stop me anytime .




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April Update.


A few quick updates on the golf course. Deep tine and core aerification have come and gone and we are healing in well.

One of the key functions of core aeration is the physical removal of organic matter and the replacement of this material with sand. For a complete discussion of the role of aeration and its importance as a cultural tool in a putting green management program, refer to the article, http://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/imported/030301.pdf

The GCM staff has been working on a few projects on the golf course as well as normal routine maintenance the past couple of weeks. Below is a list that is finished or in progress:

stump removal and back filling

25 tons of sand added to bunkers

sod work around #14 pond covering liner

sod work around heavy/traffic areas on golf course

#10 pond dredging.

Upcoming events:

2nd week of April: collar work

3rd week of April: fescue/419 sod work, wrapping up pond dredging

last week of April: Mulch & pinestraw continuing into first of May.

Next time you are in the proshop check out the new superintendent message on the counter. You can find that day’s pin location, cart rule, weather, daily projects, and what is being mowed out for the day.

If you have any questions regarding the golf course feel free to stop me anytime.

Thanks GCM





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Spring is around the corner!

March is upon us and warmer weather is just around the corner. A friendly reminder to start off the golfing season: it is every golfers responsibility to fill your divots and repair your ball marks. This will be beneficial to the golfer behind you.

Also the GCM staff will be applying our preemergent application to the entire golf course tomorrow, so NO afternoon golf tomorrow. This will allow us to complete the entire course application, as well as reduce our chances of tracking  herbicide to undesired areas.




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Pond liner install

Our pond liner project wrapped up over the weekend, and we should see beneficial results immediately from the install. As of right now we refilled the pond and have not seen any evidence of leaks.  Below are pictures from the install process.




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Internship Summer 2016


2016 Summer Internship

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club

Hendersonville, TN

Course Type:     Private Membership

Number of Holes:  18

Annual Rounds:  18,000

Primary Grass:

Greens – A1/A4 Bentgrass

Tee, Fairways, Rough – Vamont, 419 Bermuda

Greens Surrounds – Zoysia

Tree Lines – Tall Fescue

Educational Requirements:    Currently enrolled in Turfgrass management program or related field of study.

Salary:                                        Competitive hourly wage + Overtime

Application Deadline:               Resumes by March, 1st 2016

Benefits:                                    Uniforms, Employee Meals, and Golf Privileges

Job Description:

Interns will work one on one with the superintendent and assistant learning how to properly calibrate and apply pesticides/fertilizers, operate all equipment, routine golf course set up, detailed bunker maintenance, and irrigation repair and maintenance. The primary focus of the internship will be the day to day operations that are required to successfully operate a private golf maintenance program, other activities will include aerification, basic mechanical operations, budgetary reviews, and leading small project crews. Candidates should possess a positive attitude, have a strong work ethic, detail oriented, and have the willingness to learn.

Course Information:

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club is a private member owned facility operated by Club Corp. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club was built in 1951 and designed by Robert Bruce Harris. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club has hosted many events such as, USGA 4-ball Qualifier, TGA State Amateur Qualifier.

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