Monday, September 25, 2017

Greens Agronomy - Day 1

Today we will begin vertical cutting, aerifying, and topdressing the putting surfaces on the front 9 after the Monday afternoon group.  We will close the front 9 this afternoon during this process in order to make the most efficient use of time.

Tomorrow morning the front 9 will be open, while the back 9 will be closed until the afternoon. 

These agronomic practices are important for long term health and playability of the putting surfaces. 

Thank you all in advance for your patience around these course closures.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Approach Aerification - Day 2

Today we will hope to aerify holes #9-18.  That is, if the weather cooperates.  We will also be topdressing the approaches after the aerification process starting on #1 today. 

As always, with this process we have two goals: 1. to execute the cultural practice as best as possible for the health and playability of the golf course; and 2. to minimize any disruption to the player.


Above is a video of the Procore taking 5/8" cores out of #4 approach.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Approach Aerification

The crew is hitting the front 9 to begin our approach aerification process as I write this.  The approaches have the biggest build up of thatch on the golf course so we will be using 5/8" hollow tines in order to remove as much organic matter as possible.  We will follow with a heavy topdressing in order to get as much sand into the soil profile as possible.  This should help create a firmer playing surface in the future.  With wet weather forecasted for the coming days we will try to accomplish as much as we can tonight to take advantage of the Tuesday PM maintenance closure on the front 9.

Thank you all in advance for your patience and for keeping golf carts off of the approaches during this process.  Especially if we are unable to work sand into the holes due to the wet weather.  The bigger the holes, the more sand gets in, and the better the approaches will play.  As always our goal is to minimize the intrusion to the player as much as possible.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tee Box Aerification

Yesterday we completed tees #1 through #6. Today we will be continuing our cultural practices on the tee boxes.  Primarily we will be using vent tines and topdressing.  We will begin on #7 today and attempt to finish the rest of the tees on the golf course.  We will do our best to interfere with play as little as possible.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Frost Delays & September Agronomy Schedule

It has been a great golf season so far, and with September now here the end of the 2017 season is not far away.  Autumn brings many changes whether it is the color of leaves or the starting tee times.  While we still strive to produce the best possible playing conditions on a daily basis, our turf maintenance team also begins to look ahead to next season.  In order to help everyone maximize their time on the golf course this fall I would like to communicate a few items:

Frost Delay Message

The Turf Maintenance team will leave a frost delay message at least one hour prior to the first tee time to communicate whether or not we have a delay and the duration of the delay.  Please call (307) 733-3111.  In addition, I will continue to communicate frost delays on this blog.  In general, whether it be the outgoing phone message or blog, if there is no news that is good news, there will not be a delay for that day.

September Agronomy Schedule

As you all know the winters here are difficult on turfgrass, therefore, September is vital month for accomplishing agronomic practices that will help the golf course survive the winter.  This fall our primary focus will be on removing organic matter from the upper layers of the soil profile.  Our September agronomy schedule is as follows:

·         Starting September 5th at 5:00 pm – September 7th:  Vertical cutting and/or venting tee boxes
·         Starting September 12th at 5:00 pm – September 14th: Aerating approaches with ½” hollow tines
·         Starting September 19th – September 22nd: Various practices on selected areas around the golf course (minimally disruptive to the player)
·         Starting September 25th at 1:30 pm – September 26th: Vertical cutting and venting greens
o   Front 9 closed at 1:30 pm 9/25
o   Back 9 closed until 1:00 pm 9/26

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

StaLok Bunker Liner Trial

If you happened to play golf yesterday afternoon you may have noticed the project on the back bunker on #6.  If you happened to play golf in the last year or two you may also have noticed the old Klingstone bunker liner is beginning to degrade.  We are testing a material similar to the substrate used on baseball fields.  It is a polymer coated clay that is supposed to flex more and withstand traffic better than the Klingstone.  I am anxious to see how it performs this fall and next spring with the elk and bison traffic that bunker seems to always see.  Stay tuned for pictures and early opinions of the test installation.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Frost Delay 8.22.17

Cold nights have brought more regular frost recently.  Today the first tee time will be delayed 30 minutes.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  These delays may be common this week, our first tee time moves to 9:00 am next Monday (8/28), which should help realign the tee sheet with nature's weather patterns.  But as you all know, clear and cold nights can bring significant frost events that have the potential to slow down morning play.