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.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Maintenance Day

Yesterday was the second of our four summer maintenance days.  We use these days to perform cultural practices which would otherwise be impossible during normal play.

Maintenance Day Goals

  • Remove Thatch
  • Increase Air Movement
  • Push Water Through the Profile
  • Flush Salts and Bicarbonates
Order of Operations
  1. Mow greens
  2. Verti-cut greens ( thick slice for thatch removal )
  3. Blow greens
  4. Planet-Air (deep cut into the greens for air and water movement)
  5. Roll greens
  6. Top-Dress greens
  7. Spray greens with wetting agent, fertilizers and other amendments to assist with flushing salts and bicarbonates
  8. Apply more granular amendments
  9. Water greens .2"
  10. Water greens Overnight .35"

Planet Air

These procedures are vital to the health and playability of the golf course.  We thank you for allowing these days and apologize for any inconvenience.  The next maintenance day will be Monday, August 10th.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Sod

We recently sodded several areas around greens and tees.  These areas look like drought stress but are actually dying due to a fungal disease.  At any given time we attempt to control 20 different fungal diseases on the golf course.  Fungi are always present waiting for the right host and environmental conditions to reproduce and continue their life cycle.  The fungi we are seeing around these areas do not respond well to chemical controls.  We sprayed several times before we experienced activity with little to no efficacy.  Our plan is to control the pathogen by cutting out the sod and removing the top 2-3 inches of soil.