We have definitely arrived to the season of Summer. This is the time of year when we depend on the irrigation system working at a high level and providing good coverage throughout the course. I irrigated greens and tees early this morning to help prepare them for the hot daytime hours. There have been a lot of problems with the irrigation system and I’m hopeful they are all behind us and the system works properly.
The high temperatures have started to impact our non irrigated areas of the golf course. These grasses are starting to turn to the dormant stage. This process has not occurred for multiple years at the golf course. It is beneficial to our maintenance schedules and the budget since it lessens the hours spent on our rough mowers and also reduces the labor expense since we are mowing these areas less.
Heavy storms, on Thursday, were not as damaging as other areas of town. We lost three trees and received minimal hail damage. The high winds left thousands of small twigs covering the golf course. We have cleaned up the majority of the golf course and are moving back into normal maintenance mode. I’m thankful to the staff for going the extra mile to get these areas cleaned up in a timely fashion.
We were able to clean up some off property areas this past week. The waterway running east of the Prime Rib was string trimmed and some hand mowing completed. This area was created during the 2017 water quality project. The golf course agreed to include this area in our maintenance schedules.
Also, the area between the waterway and field on 4th Avenue SW was finally mowed. We have maintained the area off the street up to the waterway in the past and now include the area on the west side of the waterway. We will keep both of these areas maintained as we move forward.