8 - Sept 2012 super talk:
Golf Course Trades With fall fast approaching what do you need to start focusing on? Doug Tinkham - Superintendent
With fall right around the corner our focus shifts from just keeping our head above water to making improvements and changes to the course. Marking dead trees for winter removal and lying out and pricing irriga- tion and drainage additions moves up the list of priorities. The applica- tion of pre-emerge is also right around the corner. Banding overseeded fairways and tees must be done in a timely manner during a period
where we are still very busy mowing grass and nursing tired bentgrass greens. This is also a great time to start thinking about a winter projects list. It seems like there are a million things we never have time to get to in the summer. Without a good plan, spring gets here before you know it and then it’s time to start the grind all over again.
The Shoals Golf Club www.rtjgolf.com/theshoals
Justin Ruiz, CGCS, MG - Superintendent
Fall for us in the Northwest means dark and rainy days. When I say dark I mean day length is shorter and sunlight is behind clouds most of the time. As you can imagine, growing grass with a low level of light can become difficult especially on the lower cut grass that is already is low on light catching leaf tissue. Rain also becomes an issue. It just keeps coming down.
We do a few things in the fall that help us become better prepared for the adverse condi- tions. Aerification is a very important process to help open up the surface and maintain water movement down into the soil profile. We also assess trees that cast big shadows over the greens while the sun is a little lower in the sky. Already having a reduction in light from clouds when the sun does peek through the clouds we want to reduce as much shading as possible without changing the characteristics of the hole. To combat the amount of rain we will have during the fall we check all the drains to make sure they are clear and ready to accept all the water. If we skip this during the fall we could potentially wade out to where a drain is to clear it off so the water will go down. A little planning helps set us up for a quiet fall.
Matt Shaffer - Superintendent Shortest all time answer: 2013 US OPEN! Brian Roth - Superintendent
Merion Golf Club www.meriongolfclub.com
This time of year we work on completing any projects or look at specific areas of the course that may need attention. Half of the crew is either high school or college students, and we begin to lose them in the middle of August, and all by the end of the month. We try to get any projects finished up, and see if there are any issues around the course that need
Chris Tritabaugh, CGCS - Superintendent
Northland Country Club www.northlandgrounds.blogspot.com
Paul L. Carter, CGCS - Superintendent Cameron Lloyd,- Assistant Superintendent
Although this is a fall question, this is going to be our top priority for the fall. We had major problems with ice damage this spring on our pennlinks greens. We are going to make sure that we have taken every possible ac- tion to help alleviate those problem areas in case we have another winter like we had last year. We are going to lower any collars that are too high
and make sure drainage is good for low areas on greens. That should help in the event of ice underneath our snow layer. We are also going to research every way to cover a green for the winter and try a few to see which works the best.
The Valley Club www.thevalleyclub.org
Jeff Johnson,- Superintendent
In the northern climate, fall allows us the opportunity to prepare the turf for the winter, as well as setting us up for the following season. Our main focus centers around aerating of all fine turf playing areas. Core cultivation of greens in late August followed by two deep tine aerations. A normal solid tine aeration for fairways followed by our best effort to deep tine aerate all fairways (sometimes this is very difficult to complete all 26 acres). Building a healthy stand of turf heading into winter is our main objective, and as play dies down it allows us the opportunity to back off on mowing frequency and slowly raise the cutting heights to allow the plant the ability to maintain some solid plant health before greens covers are installed. Fall is an extremely busy time of year for us. We have a great deal we want to accomplish before the first snow flake, and at times it feels just as busy as the spring.
The Minikahda Club www.minikahdagrounds.blogspot.com
With fall quickly approaching my attention turns to preparing the golf course to survive the winter and be prepared to reappear in the spring in the best condition possible. Applying our fall Potassium application along with our fall pre emergent application are high on our list as well as applying Rubigan to our ultradwarf greens to protect them against spring
dead spot. As the days begin to become shorter we will begin to raise our height of cut on our greens to ready them for their long winter nap. We will have to begin look- ing ahead to projects which we will be undertaking over the winter months and begin lining up our materials and supplies. Fall is also the time of year when we undertake the yearly “leaf herd”. Since our golf course is completely lined in hardwood trees we spend the majority of our fall days “herding” leaves into the woods, only to do it again the next day.
Bear Trace at Harrison Bay www.bthbgcm.blogspot.com
As we head toward fall, we concentrate on a number of items: 1. Making any sod repairs to greens, tees and fairways that may have resulted from summer stress. 2. Seeding of fine fescues in our fairways, approaches and tees. 3. We plan for and make our winter snow mold apps. Plan and make late season nitrogen apps.
New this year will planning for and making a fungicide app to control take-all
to be addressed before we lose half of the staff. Fall becomes mostly general course maintenance with the smaller staff. This year we have had some water issues, and will have areas that will need to be seeded/overseeded. Also, with the weakened turf areas, there are significant weed problems that will need to be cleaned up. The other end-of-summer event we have is our employee appreciation breakfast. My assistant, mechanic, and I cook breakfast for the golf maintenance crew. We also invite the parks maintenance staff, cemetery staff, and the parks office staff, as well. It is one of the highlights of the season. Everyone always asks, “Are we having the breakfast again?” This will be our eighth annual time holding this event.
Oquirrh Hills Golf Course www.thehillsgolf.com
Indian Summer Golf and Country Club www.indiansummergolf.blogspot.com
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