The weather has been almost perfect the last few weeks. Albeit a touch on the dry side at the moment. Thats ok though as i always say its easier to put water on than it is to take it off on our golf course.
The lupines really do look glorious in our native area on the 2nd hole. Pictures dont do it justice so you have to seem them for yourself.
The last two weeks is one of the busiest stretches on our calender from an agronomic standpoint. We are trying to get all our pre emergent fertilizers out in time and also combating the annual bluegrass weevil(ABW).
The ABW weevil is the most destructive pest of annual bluegrass which is a plant we have quite a bit of in our fairways and greens.
The weevils are only 4.5 milimeters long and are difficult to detect as they hunt for annual bluegrass to feed on. Whats most destructive of these weevils is the eggs and subsquent larvae that hatch. The larvae feed primarily on annual bluegrass and can decimate large areas of turf if left unchecked.
Our preventative program is solid for greens and tees and we make just one protective application on the fairways. So once a year i make a fairway application that needs to get watered in immediately to increase the efficacy of the chemistry. So if you happenned to play last week and the sprinkers were on this is why.
I dont have much environmental news to share other than i continue to see kestrel activity in the bird box near 9 green. All our blue bird boxes are occupied and we have already had a clutch of bluebirds take flight.
There has been an uptick in play recently and with that there are more divots and pitchmarks. Please repair your pitchmark and one other on the greens. Replace your divots on the tees and fairways. The staff and I are trying to keep up with the divot repair on the tees but i need your help in keeping the course in great shape. If you are unsure of course ettiqette please ask the golf pro or myself and we will be happy to show you the way.
Thanks for your efforts in these matters! Ill see you out in the fairways!
The golf course is in pretty good shape and it finally feels like late spring has arrived! We have had some gorgeous weather lately and i hope you have had a chance to get out and play.
The greens are not quite where they should be 15 days after treatment. We core aerated the greens the same time every year and typically by Memorial Day weekend they are rolling pretty true.
Regretfully all those cold nights have slowed down the top growth and they havent quite healed in. I expect within a few days from now they should be all healed over from aerification. You should expect a better ball roll and be able to enjoy them without any major distruptions till this fall.
There has been some activity in the kestrel box down on the 8th. Im not quite sure if they have laid eggs or hatched but will know for certain soon. We have established a no mow zone around the box to give them some more privacy. Please dont drive through this area.
Please help me keep the course in great shape. Replace your divots and fix your ball marks. Please do not exit a bunker on the high side on the 6th green. This is poor ettiquette and your likely to damage the bunker face.
Have a great holiday weekend and Ill see you out in the fairways!
Thankfully this cold stretch of weather will be in the rear view mirror soon. The long term forecast looks very favorable for growing grass and playing golf!
The warmer weather and rain we are expecting will help heal up the greens.
Some greens are filling in well and others still need a touch of sand. I tried a different method of topdressing this year and the results on some of the greens were less than ideal. I hope to start cutting with a sharp set of reels on the greens soon so you should see an improvement in speed and ball roll.
Good new to share! We have passed all the competencies for ACSP! Later this year they will do a site visit and we will be the only 9 hole course in Connecticut to be a Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary golf course. Quite an achievement and i have to thank Fran and Vince for all their help!
A pair of kestrels have taken up residence in the box down between 8 & 9. Another great environental stewardship project that is making a difference!
Once the warm weather arrives it will be very busy for us and ill try to update again when i have something noteworthy to share. In the mean time please replace your divots on the tees and fairways.
Well as stated in my last post i was cautiosly optimistic about carts this weekend….. This weekend looks like it will be a wash for buggies as the course is soaked. If there is any chance of carts it would be Sunday so please contact Scott.
On Wenesday it was actually dry enough to mow almost all the fairways and even let a few carts out. We were able to mow most of the rough as well so we were fortunate to get as much done as possible before all this heavy rain.
We are aerating greens this coming Monday and Tuesday. We will have temporary pins in front of the greens while we are working on them. Once we are done dragging in the sand we will open them back up for play.
Im very glad to flip the calender to a new month as April has been a month to forget. Below average temperatures and above average rainfall has made it challenging to maintain the course in a consistent manner. Soil temperatures are still in the 40s which has slowed the growth of the turfgrass.
The fairways have not been mowed in two weeks due to saturated soil conditions. Im cautiosly optimistic we can mow them this week but that remains to be seen.
Im sure everyone is anxious to take a cart out and perhaps looking ahead to this weekend might offer the best chance. The soil water table is very high at the moment and we need some good drying days to allow carts. Please inquire with the golf professional as to when carts may be available.
Tentatively if the weather looks favorable next week we will aerate and sand the greens. We have not core aerated the greens in two years so this is a high priority.
Ill update again later this week with tentative dates for green aerification.
Slight frost delay this morning. It should burn off by 9am so when the sign is taken down it will be safe to play. The course is still very soft and wet from all the rain we have had. Carts are unlikely today but i will check when the frost lifts. Please contact scott to see if carts are available.
Ill update again tommorow with the weekend outlook.
Good Morning! Its a balmy 30 degrees with a light frost. Play will be suspended till 9:30.
The property is slowly drying up and we plan on mowing some fine cut turf today where it is possible. Bunkers are washed out and its unlikely we will have time to fix them today. The weekend outlook is calling for snow tonight but a nice day of weather on Sunday. Carts look doubtful this weekend due to the combination of snow and saturated soils. Looking ahead i see some good drying days on the extended forecast and carts should be permissible by mid week.
As a reminder please fix your ballmarks on the greens. Until we start routinely rolling the greens they will be on the soft side. Also, please replace your divots on tees and fairways. Next week I expect to mow the fairways again and start mowing the rough where it is needed. Spring has come a little early this year!