This site is intended to share information relating to the management of the golf course conditioning and quality of Northmoor Country Club and the art, the science, and the factors that influence those conditions. Please visit as often as possible.
The photos below are of the rainfall days and amounts that we received on site at NCC during the golfing season in 2019. The goal lof any Golf Couse Manager is to maintain the course conditions as firm and dry as possible while keeping a balance to keep the turf in a healthy condition. Rainfall has a huge impact on course conditioning. It is not only the amount of rain that occurs during a timeframe but it is the frequency and amounts combined that affect playing conditions. When rainfall occurs, even in small amounts every few days, the course does dry as quickly. Sunlight, wind and warm temperatures are necessary for quicker course drying conditions.
The new bunkers that we installed on the red and blue nines were constructed with the both the best new technology in bunker liners and the best sand in the industry. The playability of the bunkers is tremendous. Even though the new bunkers are of the highest construction quality, they are still subject to rainfall. They do drain and dry quicker but individual bunkers will play differently for several days following a rain.
Bunkers will play differently throughout the golf course. Based on their size, location to the green, the amount of play that they receive and where they are located in relation to sunlight, wind and shade will all affect the playing surfaces of the bunkers..
The photo below is an example of two bunkers, in close proximity, that might play differently.
The small bunker in front of red #1 green will likely be a bit "fluffier" than the bunker just behind it to the left of the green for two reasons. The bunker is very small and will "catch" more balls because it is in front of the green. Ball will roll to and accumulate in the very small area of the floor of the bunker. Numerous golf shots will result in more disturbed sand, more footprints and increased raking. The bunker located slightly behind and to the left of the green is located more in the shade and will slower to dry following a rainfall. Thus, both bunkers, constructed the same and with the exact same sand will play differently.
The video below is a good explanation of why all bunkers will not play consistently.
The aesthetics and playability of the new bunkers new bunkers are tremendous.
WGN's weather expert, Tom Skilling, reported that the month of August is the highest rain fall average based on perennial records. Rainfall is only one of the factors that contributes to playing conditions. Rainfall, higher humidity and hotter temperatures in August combine to impact the turf to a point it gets a bit "puffy" and not as firm and tight as normal. This is an annual occurrence for every golf course in the North portion of the country.
It has rained 9 of the first 21 days of August. When it is warm and humid, it takes 3-4 days of sunshine and windy conditions to dry the course after a rain.
It takes a number of days following rainfalls for the course to dry.
The photos below, presented by the USGA, exhibit the turf damage resulting from 30 practice shots. The purpose of the photo is to emphasize how the linear divot patter can aide in a quicker turf recovery. Please utilize the linear divot pattern during your practice sessions. Thanks for your help.
The photo below exhibits how much more turf is impacted by a random divot pattern.
This pattern will take longer for the turf to recover and be of lesser quality for a longer period.
Not only does the weather change rapidly but those weather conditions directly affect the playability of the golf course. It was just several short weeks ago that the golf course was saturated, standing water and wet from the frequent rains. Now, less than a few weeks later the soil is dry and cracking and the turf is wilting and dry. We deal with what mother nature throws at us.
Two weeks ago the staff was squeeging standing water in the fairways
After only a week of dry, hot and windy weather, the course is drying out and quite firm.
Soils have transitioned from totally wet to bone dry and cracking in some areas
The greens and fairways have dried out and even started wilting.
Today the staff is cooling and syringing the greens to prevent wilt and keep the turf alive