It was a very difficult work week with the rain and windy conditions and short on staff. The golf course received steady rainfall most of the day Monday. Early Thursday morning we had a strong thunderstorm dumping over 2″ of rainfall. With all the dormant turf in non irrigated areas the heavy rain drained to all the low spots on the golf course. Standing water was all over the place with several greens 50% under water. The next three days were very challenging.
We had our mowing practices to complete in a short period of time as well as being short staffed. Huge thanks to my maintenance staff for grabbing the bull by the horns and moving in high gear. We mowed all hours of the day and had the majority of the golf course mowed in two days. The sand traps were repaired and raked by noon on Saturday. There is still some water in a few traps but the sand has been pushed back to the faces of the sand traps. By the end of the week the golf course was back in very nice condition.
Repairing washed out sand traps is a very time consuming process. The heavy rainfall washes the sand to the bottom of the traps leaving the top part down to clay. The sand is pushed from the bottom of the trap back to the face and spread evenly throughout. Afterward they look just like new.
My personal work week consisted of office work, mowing, irrigation repairs, equipment repairs, repairing sand traps, and clubhouse shifts. Wherever we were short staffed I emphasized my work for the week. The staff did a great job in the clubhouse as well as the maintenance employees going above and beyond.
Skunk damage has started over the last week or two. The skunks come out at night and dig up the grubs in fairways on the north half of the golf course. These varmints can do a lot of damage over one nightfall. I have spot treated insecticides to try and control the grub population and it looks like next year I will need to spray the entire north set of fairways to try and eliminate this issue. “Hopalong” Mark Lawson turned a couple of these trespassers into hats early Saturday morning.
On Friday, I finally resolved the lightning damage to the clubhouse AC unit with the insurance company. The process was very difficult with the adjuster since he was out of the office for several weeks. There was also problems with Hanson’s P&H getting all the information. In the end, the adjuster informed me he will be approving the claim and be in touch early next week.
I was able to spray greens with a scheduled treatment on Saturday morning. The rainfall and high winds made it impossible to complete the application any earlier. I applied a fungicide for the control of dollar spot. This fungus really became apparent on #6 green. This is the only green where it showed up in full force. I also sprayed a wetting agent and a foliar fertilizer application.
I drove out of town for a few hours on Friday to pick up an irrigation part for the pumphouse. The lead intake is a 6″ PVC pipe that feeds the pump from the wet well. The 90 degree angle fitting has a crack in it and is leaking water causing the pump to work well below capacity. I want to repair the intake now before it breaks when the irrigation is necessary with the upcoming heat. I will be completing the repair this morning.
Several fall projects to be completed in the upcoming weeks:
-tile the area around #16 green
-sod collars damaged from irrigation issues
-dead tree removal
-fall herbicide application to course
-spray vegetation in irrigation pond
I will provide more information about these projects as they begin. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns. The golf board will meet Monday at the clubhouse 5:00 PM.