Not the most predictable weather year for golf, but it's been idyllic for growing grass. Cool nights for most of the summer and regular rains do wonders for lawns, trees, and golf courses. June and July were uncharacteristically cool and wet. Casualties of the regular rains are distance off the tee for everyone, thicker rough, and wet bunkers. Unfortunately none of these has an immediate remedy. As August rolls in, we're seeing the fairways dry out and get tighter, and greens remain as true and healthy as ever.
|2017 Men's MG - nice weather for ducks|
This year, for the first time in the club's history, we've been treating all fairways with regular preventative fungicide and insecticides. What we see is improved vigor and an ability to get a better, shorter cut. To make the fungicides last longer on the plant, a growth regulator is added to stunt the plants. We're experimenting with what rate is the right rate for our situation and grass species and after some trial and error this spring, we've hit on the right mix.
|Spring growth regulator injury|
|Recovery 3 weeks late|
|16 gold tee|
|Skunk damage from looking for grubs|