Cross Cut Fairway Patterns
Players will begin to notice changes in the fairways. For the past several years the fairways have been consistly mowed with contour lines patterns down each hole. Now, over the next weeks, you will begin to see the right to left and left to right, cross cut patterns begin to show up. We are currently on our fourth time mowing in this pattern and changing will eliminate some of the grain in the fairways and offer us a more upright growing plant for a better playing surface to hit from.
One new look coming this year on the golf course are the establishment of No Mow Areas. These various areas around the golf course are sections that are basically out of play and will benefit the aesthetics of the parkland style course and the golf course maintenance staff in efficiency.
Part of the Audubon Certification process is enhancing the environment and minimizing the environmental impact we make on the land. By eliminating these No Mow Areas from daily maintenance we can reduce cost/time, environmental disruption, and promote a habitat that will benefit the surroundings.
The No Mow Areas will still be maintained, but on a weekly to monthly basis versus a daily basis. The goal is to establish a natural area that will be maintained with minimum maintenance, but yet offer a new look to the course restoring the original parkland style. We have selected a few trail areas on #9 tee, between #3/#4 greens, and between #12 green/#13 tee. With some success, during the fall we will begin adding fescues and other grasses into these areas to complete native look. There are roughly 7 acres on the property that have been identified as potential candidates, but we will begin with a few areas as a trial run to start.
Below are aerial pictures of the outlined areas where the beginning phases of No Mow Areas will begin.
#12 Green/#13 Tee
#9 Tee Complex
# Green/#4 Tee
The 2013 Ramble has come and gone. Thank you to all the members and guests that made this a very successful event. Other than a few spotty showers the event went smooth. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to doing it again next year.
I want to personally thank all the members and families that came to participant in Divot Night tonight, without member support like we had, improving the golf course would not be possible. With all the help we were able to repair all the divots on all 18 holes and provide the kids and pets a fun place to spend some energy.
Thank you to all the attendees the Nutting Family, Crenshaw Family, Todd Bridges, Mike Huggins, Jake Barnes, Chris Lancaster, David Boger, Chris Maynord, Harry Tarpley, Rick Slough, and Phillip Kile.
Divot Night Party
Around the Southeast the cool, wet spring has plagued warm season turfgrasses and recently I came across a news bulletin published Dr. Grady Miller of the North Carolina State University Turfgrass Department.
Spring Green-up of Warm-Season Grasse
May 31, 2013
Spring Green-up of Warm-Season Grasses – Grady Miller
Once again Mother Nature seems to be causing problems with our warm-season grasses in NC, particularly zoysiagrasses. In addition to zoysiagrass, the other warm-season grasses—-bermudagrass, centipedegrass, and St Augustinegrass are generally well behind in their normal growth for this time of year.
There were limited days with warm temperatures in early spring followed by mostly below average temperatures in April and May. This has caused some differential green-up among the cultivars and species. Microclimate and cultural practices may also significantly influence the green-up response among cultivars and species. So, two golf courses may have the same grass and one golf course may be totally green and the other golf course still not 100%. And until we get consistently warm temperatures (lows in the 60s) the warm season grasses will not begin growing to their full potential.
On a positive side, reports of winterkill have been low with the greatest number of incidents coming from areas that had late-seeded bermudagrass (less than 1 year old). There is also still a fair amount of ryegrass that was overseeded that is holding on due to the extended cool temperatures. This may result in greater damage to warm-season grass stands from competition for light.
Generally, all the site needs is some time and warmer weather combined with reasonable fertility/irrigation practices. In most cases growth has been initiated at the plant’s crown, down in the canopy of dormant tissue. Removing some of the brown, dormant material so that more sunlight can reach this green material will enhance growth with our current warm temperatures.
So, this is another spring that patience is needed if you are growing warm-season turfgrasses.
Make plans to bring the family (including dogs) and enjoy the outside weather helping to improve the golf course and promote golf course etiquette. We will be kicking off the night at 5:30pm in front of the Golf Shop on Monday, June 3rd. Come join the fun and refreshments.
– Steffie Safrit
This year because of the cool,wet spring I have had several questions regarding the growth warm season grasses. Typically warm season grasses, like Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass, thrive when temperatures during the day are above the 80’s and the night temperatures are above the 60’s. This year, marked until today, we have currently had 10 days above the 80’s and last year at this time we had had more than 60 days above the 80’s. With that being said, there are different warm season grasses that do actively grow when cooler temperatures approach their optimum growing temperatures.
Early in the season is the perfect time to witness how these different grasses actively begin to grow. Zoysia varieties begin growing well before Bermuda grass varieties and some Bermuda grasses begin growing before other older Bermudas. There are several examples around the club that this can be illustrated. Below is a picture from three varieties of warm season grasses on the course, Vamont Bermuda, 419 Bermuda, and Zorro Zoysia grass. The golf course is primarily 90% Vamont Bermuda and a few renovated areas on the course are 419 Bermuda and Zorro Zoysia grass. From the picture you can see how much more dense the Zoysia and 419 Bermuda grass are compared to the older Vamont Bermuda.
Warm Season Grass Comparison