Golf Course Update
March 9, 2018
It seems like the weather calendar has done a flip flop- we’re getting February weather in March, whereas we got March weather in February! Cooler, drier, and windier conditions have prevailed so far this month, and will continue for the next week or so before we return to normal. One of the negatives that you will begin to see will be the formation of seedheads on our bermudagrass turf, especially in taller stands of grass. Although somewhat unsightly, the seedheads are being produced by the plant as a survival mechanism and is a natural occurrence. This is mainly a response to droughty conditions.
After spiking, rolling and double cutting the greens on Maintenance Monday, the staff concentrated on mowing out the entire course for the rest of the week. The entire buffer areas adjacent to the lakes were string trimmed for a neat appearance. We will vertical groom the putting surfaces on this upcoming Monday. On Tuesday evening, we will aerify the greens using the solid tine method. Solid tine aerification is utilized during winter and spring seasons as a tool to relieve compaction, allow for exchange of gasses in the soil, and to increase percolation. This in turn can help grow a healthy root system, which is the key to greens conditioning. We will follow up this aerification with a rolling and mowing of the surfaces, and few players will even notice that we performed this vital cultural practice.
The golf course is in very good condition now, so come out and enjoy multiple rounds with friends and family. With the clocks “springing” ahead this Sunday, you’ll be able to have an extra hour of daylight to play. If I can be of assistance, please call me at (941) 697-8844, or email me at email@example.com
Thank you for your support of Lemon Bay Golf Club.
Golf Course Superintendent