Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Next Tuesday, I will be hosting 17 Superintendents from Argentina. This trip was arranged by a professor at Clemson University. I am excited to show off the work we have done to my peers from around the world. I will be posting more on this next week! Stay tuned...
This morning we are making our routine fairway spray which consists of fertilizer, a growth regulator and two fungicides. The high humidity and afternoon rain storms have increased disease pressure on all of our playing surfaces. Therefore, a spray interval of 21 days in now down to 10-14 days. It is imperative we stay on top of diseases like dollar spot before they take hold. Otherwise, the interval will be even shorter, requiring higher curative rates of fungicides. Chemicals, particularly fungicides, account for 10% of the maintenance budget. This is higher than most every other golf course. Growing bentgrass in a temperate rain forest is no simple task without the help of fungicides.
Monday, July 21, 2014
This weeks forecast is calling for a 50% chance of rain through the first half of the week. Temperatures will be much warmer than last week, hovering around the 80* mark all week long. With only a 30% chance of rain on Thursday, maybe we will have a few days to dry out moving into the weekend.
On the golf course this week we will be spraying fairways on Tuesday and a preventative pythium root rot application on greens on Wednesday. We will also be edging heads, and yardages too. This week is also the women's member guest tournament (Thurs and Fri)! Thursday we will hold the annual women's putting contest complete with the Kudzu Open theme! You will never see HCC look so good with our hillbilly décor! Please continue to check back through the week for updates!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thank you for observing our cart path only rules until we can get some good drying out weather. The good news is, it was a nice steady rain and the ground was nice and dry. I believe most of the rain was readily absorbed. Monday we will be close to allowing carts back out on the golf course.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I received results today from the greens clippings I sent off Thursday. These grass clippings are analyzed for the exact nutrients the plant is using. It is a snapshot in time. Soil testing is also useful on an annual basis. However, there are a lot of other factors that affect nutrient uptake. For example, you could have an abundant nutrient in the soil but it isn't being taken up due to a pH issue. This is just another tool I occasionally use to make management decisions on our greens. It seems like no matter what I do or apply, Potassium always comes back low. This is odd considering we spread a granular Potassium product monthly and spray a foliar product weekly. This leads me to question the accuracy of this method. The key nutrient I want to see is Nitrogen.
Dr. David York with Tournament Turf Labs is my go to man. He studied at Penn State and Cornell.