Happy Mother’s Day!
Spring brings a lot of fluctuating temperatures that can be stressful on the bentgrass greens. We have experienced temperatures ranging from 20 – 95 degrees in the past couple of weeks. The soil temperature is not quite warm enough for granular fertilizer applications to the greens and turf health is a priority. Our Providence Bentgrass does not do very well with cold temperatures and can look a little sickly. Once temperatures remain normal the grass will begin to flourish.
Tonight I will be applying a wetting agent that must be irrigated following application. This wetting agent helps hold moisture in the soil profile at a deeper level. Monday morning I will be applying a foliar fertilizer and another wetting agent that holds moisture closer to the soil surface. The foliar fertilizer will be absorbed through the plant tissue and provide some nutrition. Both wetting agents will assist the turf by moving water through the soil profile and eliminating the isolated dry areas on greens.
We will also be applying our granular fertilizer application to the tees and fairways. This application will provide these turf areas with a slow release nitrogen for the next several months. It will take several days for the fertilizer to work it’s way down to the soil level. This fertilizer is utilized through the roots of the turfgrass. In the next week or so the greens will be fertilized with a granular fertilizer.
Our past week has consisted of a lot of course maintenance trying to keep up with the mowing. The irrigation system ran almost every night the past week. I turned the well on for several days to try and maintain the pond level. We have used a lot of irrigation water so far this season.
Several of our golf leagues have started and the weather was pretty nice for the first week on the schedule. The golf course always has open golf on one of the nines during league play. This allows the public to enjoy the golf course as well. We’re excited to have the golf leagues begin with everyone enjoying spending some time with us at The Muni.
As of this morning our season pass totals are 21 families, 55 couples, 160 singles, 22 young adults, 19 juniors, 31 green fee punch cards, and 17 cart rental punch cards. Our revenues for the 20-21 budget are currently over $378,000. The 2021 golf season has picked up right where the 2020 season ended. We have been very busy at the golf course and look forward to what the season has in store for us.
Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner. Enjoy this special Mother’s Day! Share a smile with someone today!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301