Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 9/15/17

Hurricane Irma was one of the most feared hurricanes in years for much of the southeast.  This hurricane totaled many islands in the Caribbean before causing widespread destruction in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Irma tracked west of North Carolina, but still managed to provide us with 3+ inches of rain and up to 60 mph winds.  Laurel Ridge was very lucky to receive mainly rain and not too much wind.  We did close the golf course on Monday and Tuesday due to the rainfall.  After talking to many superintendent friends, the Highlands and Cashiers areas weren’t so lucky.  I really appreciate the attention most golfers paid to the daily cart ruling restricting cart traffic in wet areas.  I attempt to allow carts on the turf at the earliest possible opportunity and the daily cart ruling prevents turf damage.

Next week we will be applying another application of our green kyllinga herbicide.  This weedy grass will turn brown before dying back into the existing desired grass.  The greens continue to improve from aerification and we are not far from our normal mowing height.  A combination of rolling, mowing, and watering will have the putting surfaces back to normal by the middle to end of next week.

The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 4 times
  • Mowed T,C,A twice
  • Mowed fairways twice
  • Mow rough twice
  • Mow DR twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Cleaned up small debris in all areas
  • Applied grass seed to our roughs
  • Fertilized the entire course
  • Added a drain behind the tennis courts

Have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent