Springing Into The Season

As we await the beginning of the golf season, it’s a great time to update everyone on the condition of the golf course. Overall, the course is in great shape for early spring.  Our late fall fungicide applications have held up well under significant disease pressure.  The greens look good and are showing slow but positive signs of recovery from mid-winter desiccation.  We are very saturated right now but are looking forward to improving conditions as the grass responds to increasing soil temperatures.

There is considerable tree damage and lots to clean up to be ready for play. As you can see, the photos show fungicide efficacy and some of the tree damage.  Photo 4 shows tree damage and pink snow mold with lesions beginning to coalesce just off the treated tee surface on right.

Shows the difference between a treated and non treated area

Storm Damage – 2 White

Storm Damage – 2 White

Shows the difference between a treated and nontreated area

Storm Damage – 3 Blue

A course is never done

Even though the golf season is shorter than everyone wants it to be, a golf course superintendents job is never done. It is 365/24/7 for CJ and his employees. Here are a few pictures taken at the end of January to illustrate this fact. The golf course actually needs some snow coverage this time of year to protect the greens from wind damage. While most of the greens are clear of snow and ice and all of our greens are clean of disease, the first two pictures show the difference in the greens from the harsh winter winds. The last picture shows some ice and snow coverage.