Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 3/10/17

Laurel Ridge Golf Course Maintenance has had a great start to 2017, including a visit from our agronomist, Dean Wochaski, on March 6th.  Dean agreed with some ideas I presented and even added some new ideas that will surely benefit our membership.  The following are some major projects that LRCC has undertaken already in 2017:

  • As a result of the hot, dry summer in 2016, areas that needed additional water were discovered.  Eight new irrigation heads were installed on the following areas:  PG surround, #2 black tee, #4 blue tee, #5 approach, #7 black tee and flower bed, #10 blue tee, #16 Ladies’ tee, and #17 Ladies’ tee.  All together, we installed about 1,100 feet of pipe.
  • Numerous areas needed help draining.  To date, maintenance crews have trenched and installed drain pipe on holes #3, #10, #12 and #16
  • Tree removal and brushcutting have been a priority during the past three winters.  This year, we continued these projects on holes #4, #5, #6, #8, #9, #10, #11, #15 and #17.  Hole #8 green was a huge undertaking and the difference is already drastic.  We will continue all the way up to #9 tees with the goal of removing shade and allowing wind movement to reach the #8 green and surround.
  • Fertilizer has been applied to greens surrounds, weak areas and the lower part of #9 fairway.  Many young bentgrass plants germinated from last fall’s slit seeding and the additional fertilizer will make these healthy going into summer.
  • Sod plugs have been placed around the greens to encourage dense turf.
  • Mowing normally is very slow in the winter months and, on average, crews mow once monthly to clean up the turf.  This winter had many cold days, but also many warm days.  The grass grew more this winter and crews mowed more than any winter in my 13 year career.  A benefit was that the warm temperatures were great for our fill in.
  • Shrubs around the golf course and clubhouse have been trimmed and fertilizer was applied.  We anticipate great results in the spring and summer.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent