It’s been another wet week at The Muni. The precipitation has definitely been needed after the long hot summer. Our sand traps have been repaired multiple times and several still have a lot of standing water. We’re busy trying to get caught up with our daily mowing practices with additional mowing being completed over the weekend. We should be caught back up by tomorrow afternoon. Sunshine and green grass go good together.
With all of the rainfall the fairway and tee fertilizer application was placed on hold. The fertilizer needs to be watered in after application but it also is a risk to apply it with all the projected thunderstorms. This can end up with fertilizer washing away and piling up in low areas. We will get these areas fertilized this week.
Also, the herbicide applications were placed on hold for at least another week. There is a lot of golf course that still needs to be sprayed to control broadleaf weeds on the property. We will eventually get this process completed.
The greens were sprayed Wednesday with a foliar fertilizer, fungicide, and a wetting agent. The wetting agent helps moving water through the soil profile and holding moisture in the top several inches where the plant roots are located. The foliar fertilizer is sprayed to provide nutrients to the turf. The fungicide helps prevent the pressure of “dollar spot” on the greens. This fungus is currently present in the fairways and tees but will start to decline after fertilization.
All of the rainfall has presented us with a tile issue on hole #13. This tile is damaged or plugged with debris SW of the retention pond behind #12 green. I have met with Public Works and we plan to excavate the area so the tile can drain into the retention pond. We will clean and repair the tile after it has drained. This repair will eliminate the saturated soil conditions on #5 and #13 fairways.
It’s going to be a busy week with daily maintenance practices and also a couple of golf events. We host the Police Outing on Thursday and the Carl Spackler this weekend. It should be another busy week at the golf course. We are also promoting our annual season pass special. If you purchase your 2022 season pass now you can play the remainder of this season and all of 2022.
I will see the golf board members on Tuesday evening for our monthly meeting. If there are any questions please contact me for more information. Enjoy the day!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301