Thoughts on Spring, Golf Course Conditions and Grub Control, Waynesville, NC

What a beautiful spring! In my 13 years in the golf course maintenance business, the grass has greened up quicker and grown faster than any year that I can recall. We are trying to keep the golf course conditions as consistent as we can, but training new employees and frequent rainy weather leave us scratching our heads. The golf course received bulk fertilizer application on the 8th and 9th of April to spread fertilizer, crabgrass control and grub control. This is the first year that fertilizer companies have started attaching grub control onto fertilizer. It is also the first year that we have been able to control grubs in the rough grass. I am looking forward to the great results that are expected. As most of you know and have seen, we have started the new irrigation system. Feel free to read the next blog for a more detailed plan.

Logan Nesbitt, LRCC Golf Course Superintendent

LAUREL RIDGE TEAM WINS CAROLINAS PGA PRO-AM!

Our very own Golf Pro and Director of Golf, Duane Page, along with club members Chris Wilmot, Don Stephenson, and Scott Siewert, captured the inaugural CPGA Pro-Am played at Sequoyah National in Cherokee on July 14-15. Coming from behind on Day Two, the team brought home the victory along with bragging rights. We couldn’t be prouder; congrats to all four gentlemen. For the complete story and scores, follow this link: http://carpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/carpga14/event/carpga1428/recap.htm?r=a4acf478-f6b5-49c8-8e53-e6fbbfa3e750

Pro Am July 2014

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Verticutting Greens for Ball Speed

Submitted by LRCC Golf Course Superintendent, Logan Nesbitt

Welcome back members!  I hope each of you enjoyed the long frigid winter months.  My staff did wonderful projects this winter, but preparing the golf course for you all is our passion.  One of the most recent practices that we have performed, is verticutting the greens.  The verticutting process has many benefits:  correcting the density of the turf, water infiltration, removing poa annua seed heads, removing thatch, and standing the leaf blade upright for ball speed.  We performed this process on Wednesday, May 14,   in preparation for the 2-day Member-Member tournament and we gained significant speeds and a much smoother ball roll!  Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts that you may have.  May God bless you and your family this Memorial day!

loganhnesbitt@yahoo.com

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