Allister MacKenzie

“A golf course should be made interesting and a good test of golf by the tilt of the greens and the character of the undulations.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


We are very excited about the release of our new Pasatiempo maintenance blog.  The goal of this blog is to communicate our maintenance practices and the status of capital improvements.  This blog will now be the focus of communication between the maintenance department and the membership.  Please call or email me if you would like more information about content posted on this blog.

Golf Course Superintendent
Justin Mandon

Native Areas

The native areas will all be mowed by the end of this week.  The timing is always very important because we want to make sure we mow the annual grasses before the seed matures but not too early when the grass is extremely wet.  If the grass is mowed with excess moisture it will clump and kill our perennial native grass we enjoy throughout the summer.  We follow the mowing with a broad leaf herbicide spray.

Last spring we made a choice to not apply a pre-emergent herbicide and attempt to seed some of our thin native areas.  After the natives start to dry down and thin out we will see if any of the seed established.  Everything we do is subject to rainfall since we do not have irrigation in these areas for establishment.  Hopefully next year we will have a normal winter and be given the opportunity to enhance these areas throughout the golf course. The native areas will always be a work in progress and will change annually depending on how much rainfall we receive.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Vent And Flush

This week we vented the greens with a small 1/4" solid tine.  The purpose of the vent is to break the surface and allow air and water to move through the soil profile.  We typically vent the greens once a month and follow with a moderate flush in the morning and a heavy flush overnight.  The flush helps remove excess salts built up in the soil.  

Before and After the Roller