Well that was a hell of a week!
The growth shows no signs of slowing and
with it, our inability to keep up. Tuesday brought a storm I'm sure you
all witnessed. The greenstaff did an amazing job on Wednesday getting
the course back to some sort of order, but the bunker washout will take
weeks to truly sort out. The sand becomes contaminated and cannot be
cleaned and re-distibuted in 1 or 2 rakings. The greens held up
superbly, but have softened slightly, so get busy with those pitchmark
Disease pressure is very high at the
moment and it's something we have to keep a close eye on. The pressure
from Anthracnose has passed, but Fusarium is always just around the
corner. We try to control this culturally, as this allows soil biology
to continue working, unlike costly chemical control.
Thursday morning saw an invasion of
cattle on the 5th hole. This happens a couple of times a year, but this
time it has caused some serious damage. The holes and scrapes were up to
12 inches deep. The area will recover and has been repaired.
The areas treated with "rescue"
herbicide are now showing real signs of discolouration. The rye and weed
grasses have died back and the fescue is unaffected. The bent grass has
been knocked back, but will recover. The plan for next year is to
extend this treatment to many other thick & lush areas.
Enjoy the course.
Mark & the Greens team.