In an effort to keep our fairways as dry as possible while ensuring their health, we are increasing a number of agronomic practices and programs. In the past, the directive and intent was to have more of a pad under the surface of the fairways so that golfers could "sweep" the ball more. However, this results in a more padded turf offering less roll. For this season, we will be:
1. Topdressing the fairways & green's approaches more frequently with sand to reduce the padded layer that may result in more roll in the coming years. This process does not happen overnite.
2. Brushing the fairways more so the turf will stand up straighter and not lay over as much.
4. Watering by hand as much as possible so that we apply water to exactly those areas on the fairways where the turf is drying out significantly or wilting.
5. Mowing at a lower cutting height. This will result in a tighter lie but potentially more roll.
6. Cross cutting the fairways at a 90 degree angle assists in reducing grain and aides in producing an upright growth of the turf.
The quest for firmness will result in some discoloration of the turf as the plant is deprived of adeqate moisture.
The photo below exhibits the significat impact that weather has on course playing conditions.
We had 7 inches of rain in the month of April. It rained 10 days out of the month with cool temperatures.
During cooler and wet periods, it takes weeks for the course to dry.