This Week at Deep Springs: 5-28-2018 Happy Memorial Day!

Hello Deep Springs!

I thought I’d take a breather and give you an update on the golf course. It’s been almost three weeks since my last update. The weather has been slowly improving each week. It’s hard to believe that just a little over a month ago we had a frost. This month has been on the wet side. So far, we have received just under 8 inches of rain and about 6 inches of that was last week(May 16th-19th). We definitely needed some rain, but not that much all at once. We only had 5 inches of rain for the month of April. Looking at this week, it appears we are in for some rain from the first  tropical storm  of the  hurricane season.

Winter Recovery Update:

I thought I’d give you an update on where we are in regards to recovering from the winter. I would like to mention that we are recovering more than we are replacing. That is definitely a plus compared to many other clubs having to replace turf. We took a pretty good beating from the really cold January, warm and wet February, and a cold March and April. We still are waiting on ideal temperatures to really get the bermuda to jump. Those ideal temperatures being highs in the 90’s and lows in the 60’s and 70’s with a little bit of humidity. I think we are getting close to those days. I think this past week the humidity was definitely there on most mornings.

Greens:

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So, as I said, we are recovering more than replacing. What I mean by that is that we have a lot of bermuda to work with on our greens. I’m seeing a lot of active stolons or runners. So, with cultural practices and improving weather the greens will be able to recover on their own. This month we needle-tined the greens at the beginning of the month and I noticed that the greens were a lot less compacted as compared to the previous needle-tine in April. We had a week of heavy rains come through last week and more this week and so I applied fungicides that will treat and prevent any weather related diseases from the rain. One thing I have learned with Champion is it is very sensitive to overcast skies and after 2 or 3 days of overcast days the greens will get a lean look. This was the case two weeks ago  with over 6 inches of rain. Also, we had algae pop up and that was treated with the fungicide as well. Last Friday, I fertilized the greens with an application that will build up its stress tolerance and we will be on a 14 day schedule moving forward.

I mentioned that we would be performing cultural practices beginning on Tuesday, May 29th, weather permitting. Our process will include mowing, grooming and/or verticutting, topdressing, rolling, watering and also applying any wetting agents every three weeks to work the sand into the canopy. Every week we will lightly verticut in a different direction. I will put a video on the next blog update to give you a better understanding of what we do. We will not aerify the greens that we originally scheduled for June 4th and 5th. My goal is to groom/verticut/topdress until July 9th and 10th where we will then aerify the greens and pull cores.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the greens respond to our practices as we get into June and the rest of the summer.

Tees, fairways, and rough:

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Rainbow on #2. Sidenote: Notice a good bit of dormant rough in early May.

As with many courses in the Carolinas, we too have had some winterkill in areas where we had or a mixture of compacted areas from traffic, lack of sun from the shade, and prolonged wet turf in freezing conditons. A lot of these areas we will  fill in with some help from continuing fertilizer applications, verticutting, and aerification. However, some areas we will have to sod and plan to do so very soon. In particular, those areas that we will have to sod are tee boxes on #5, 7, 9 and 12. Also, we will be sodding the left side of #17 where trees were removed. These areas will be roped or staked off and it will be very important that we keep traffic off of these areas until they are tacked down and ready for regular play and maintenance.

We will be using a new variety of bermudagrass called, TifTuf, that I have tried in South Georgia and has been very successful since it hit the market a few years ago. It is drought, shade, and cold tolerable and a lot of golf courses are using it. It has done extremely well at places as far north as Washington, D.C., and has blown the doors off on expectations coming out of this winter.

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Newly installed TifTuf in Pinehurst on the new short course.

I’m confident with the steadily increase in temperatures and the work we will be performing that many of our affected areas will be a thing of the past sooner than later. I’ve seen a lot of these areas start to fill in on their own and that will only speed up with the supplemental aid that we will provide. We’ve already completed our tee and fairway aerification. The next task will be the bulk fertilizer spread on June 4th. As we get closer to the middle of the month then we will start sodding and doing the aforementioned fertilizing, verticutting, and aerification.

Miscellaneous:

Just a few items that somewhat ties in our recovery is that we will be postponing our wildflower project between #14 and #15 until the fall. We feel all of our attention needs to be devoted to our turf and so that is what we’ll do. Also, it’s recommended from the seed company to do a fall planting.

Our new equipment has been a blessing so far. I’ve noticed better cuts on all of our turf. We will really start to notice the full affect and benefit of our new package when we start to  verticut and roll greens with the pieces we have for those tasks. I plan to have an Equipment day for members to checkout all our maintenance equipment to get a better understanding of what each piece does. Stay tuned for that.

As always, please continue to repair ball marks, replace your divots, rake those bunkers, and keep carts away from all tee and green surrounds. Also, please feel free to email me with any question or concern at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 5-5-18

Hello Deep Springs!

It has been a couple weeks since my last update and I thought I’d catch you up on what’s been going on. We’ve finally been blessed with some nice weather and the course has really started to shed its winter coat. Last month we started off with temperatures creeping up up into the mid-60’s and 70’s. However, we did have a few days towards the end of the month where it cooled down into the 50’s and even had a frost on April 20th. I believe that’s one of the latest frosts I’ve experienced. Most of the time there is an Easter snap and that’s it, but with the winter we have had this year it doesn’t surprise me. Fortunately, this first week of May has had temperatures averaging in the 80’s and so it’s certainly a welcomed sight and feel.

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Temperatures: May 10th-14th
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Temperatures: May 12th-18th
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Temperatures: May 19th-June 1st
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Precipitation: May 10th-14th
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Precipitation- May 12th-18th
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Precipitation: May 19th-June 1st

As you look above, you will notice above temperatures are expected to be above normal for the next 3 months. Also, precipitation will be between normal and below normal over the same time frame. I’ve seen several predictions that this summer will be hotter than last year. It seems that historically after a cold winter and cool spring it has been a hot summer. We definitely need some good growing weather after the brutal winter.

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One topic I did want to hit on is the poa annua that is popping throughout the course. Back in the fall shortly after my arrival we applied a pre-emergent that would control the poa. However, poa annua is the most problematic winter weed in turf on golf courses. They germinate in late summer or early fall when soil temperatures drop below 70 degrees. So, pre-emergent herbicides are applied at the same time to prevent the poa from establishing from seed. The biggest problem from a chemical standpoint is that over time the poa will develop a resistance to the herbicide and so a steady rotation of products is key to keep the poa population controlled. So, in our case, the poa that is out there right now seems to be resistant to the simazine that was applied in the fall. So, as the turf continues to strengthen with each warmer day the poa slowly weakens. We will help nature out by lowering mowing heights and keeping the plant under stress, but also chemically spraying a post-emergent herbicide. On the greens, our plan chemically will be to apply a herbicide over a month instead of 1 or 2 weeks. The reason for this is while we want to get rid of the poa we dont want to stress the bermuda. So, we will apply smaller rates over a month instead. The product we are spraying has been very successful on poa and also not harming the bermuda. The other areas of the golf course we will do the same thing with lower rates, but more applications.

With the combination of warmer/hotter days, herbicides, and mowing, the poa annua’s days are numbered. I have to say that poa is probably my biggest nemesis out of everything on a golf course. It grows on anything and everything.

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Getting some of our old equipment ready for pickup
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1st truck of new equipment
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Roberto mowing greens on one of the new greens mowers

This past week our new equipment was delivered. It’s great to finally have some tools that will make our job a lot more efficient. We replaced all of our greens and tee mowers, added a lightweight fairway mower, added a new rough mower, replaced a sand rake, we are waiting on delivery of our roller that will replace the old one, we added 3 carts with 1 being for me so that I can do a lot more and carry a lot more.

I will mention that you may notice our greens mowers mowing really slow compared to the old ones. This is on purpose. The new mowers come with 14-blade reels as compared to 11-blades on the old ones. Without getting down to the nuts and bolts of it, the slower speeds compensate for the faster reel speed and more blades on those reels. It essentially gives the green a double-cut mow on one pass instead of a single-cut like the old mowers.

We did have some added features such as groomers on our greens mowers, updated verticutting units, and also the use of brushes that can be used on our mowers. We are awaiting delivery of our roller. You will notice this big orange machine with 3 rollers on it in a week or two.

All of these pieces come at a critical time as things begin to really grow and so we can do the work that this golf course so desperately needs. One day we will schedule a time where we will have all of our equipment on display and give you a little more detail on how each piece works and even some possible hands on training, so stay tuned for that!

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Looking at next week, we will be performing our 2nd needle-tine on our greens. We are about a month since our 1st round. Overall, the greens healed up nicely and had a couple greens where some areas pulled. I’m doing this to continue to “baby” the greens and building up to our 1st greens aerification which is about a month away. We will do it the same way we did it the 1st time. The front 9 greens will be closed on Monday, May 7th. We will re-open those greens just as soon as they are rolled and watered. We will repeat the same process on Tuesday, but on the back 9. As soon as we roll and water we will re-open the back 9 and all holes will be available to you at that point. I want to thank you ahead of time for working with us as we work to get this course in shape for the hot summer!

The next project we will focus on will be the installation of our wildflower garden between #14 and 15. We will soon be mowing down and spraying this area and prepping it for sowing tentatively scheduled for May 21st. Along with this, you will notice several areas throughout the golf course where I will be painting to allow that section of rough to grow. This will be our no-mow areas that I introduced to you on my blog several months ago. I have already started on one area and that is behind the restroom on #13. Please feel free to ask me for let me know if any of these areas are affecting your pace of play. The last thing we want to do is slow you down!

As always, thank you for following us as we strive to make this course one you can take pride in! I would like to welcome all the new members and welcome back some returning members. Please share this blog with any of those who may not be aware of this blog. It’s my way to talk to you as a whole weekly instead of through the newsletter. I want to make sure that communication is an important aspect of my day-to-day and this blog is a big tool in that category. Here you will find out course conditions and weather here at Deep Springs. This is especially important to those of you out of town.

Lastly, please continue to repair ball marks, replace divots, rake those bunkers, and keep carts away from all tee and green complexes. If you have any comment or question, please feel free to email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

This Week at Deep Springs: 4-27-18

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Looking forward to this view of #14!

Hello Deep Springs!

Well, the rain seems to be out of our forecast for the next week or so. This week the golf course received close to 3 inches of rain between Monday evening, Tuesday, and Thursday night. Luckily we have some warm days ahead to help dry things out. It would be nice to have a little bit of wind to help speed that process up. Like they say, beggers can’t be choosers. I’ll definitely take the warmer temperatures though!

In this week’s blog, I thought I’d add some videos from the USGA’s Fore the Golfer series on different topics such as bunker etiquette, divot/ball mark repair, and golf/pull cart etiquette videos. I’ll give you a break on this week’s dreary, wet week that we had at Deep Springs. These videos will give you a better understanding of what we’d like to see happen here at Deep Springs.

Bunker Etiquette:

As it relates to the bunkers, in the video it mentions that the USGA recommends placing bunker rakes outside of the bunker. Here at Deep Springs, we want the rakes placed inside the bunker opposite of the bunker face and as close to the edge as possible. This will help us during the mowing season.

Divot Repair:

In the past, the most common thing I have seen is too much sand in the divots. My advice is to ensure that the sand is up to where the grass can spread over the top of the sand and have a nice bed to root into. Here at Deep Springs I have not noticed a lot of sand mounds out there and so in that case THANK YOU!! This helps when we are mowing at lower heights. Sand and reels do not mix very well.

Ball Mark Repair:

This is a good video on ball mark repair. There are a number of tools you can use. We appreciate your help in limiting ball marks on our greens.

Golf Cart Etiquette:

I thought I’d save the best one for last. There are a number of areas where we have worn out areas due to golf carts. Please continue to adhere to cart path rules especially during a week where we have over 2 inches of rain like this week.

 

Hopefully these videos have given you a tip or two on how to make it through your round that will be most beneficial to the health of the golf course. We appreciate your help in raking those bunkers, fixing those divots and ball marks, and keeping carts away from tee and green complexes. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

This Week at Deep Springs: 4-20-18

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Hello Deep Springs! Hope you had a great week and hopefully this weekend you’ll find time to peg it up. The weekend starts off on the cool side with the possibility of some patchy frost. Fingers crossed, but I believe this may be it for lows in the 30’s. We are officially a month into the spring season and yet we’re still dealing with frost and highs in the 60’s. Looking ahead to May, June, and July, as far as temperatures the ‘experts’ are predicting a below average May and an average or slightly above average June and July. During the same timeframe, they are also predicting precipitation to be above average. With the prolonged cooler weather, hopefully that will keep the threat of Atlantic hurricanes down or below normal. So, what does that all mean for us? Basically, it just means we will continue to be patient and do our best to help the turf with the transition. Since it appears that May will be cooler than normal we will more than likely not be as aggressive with our cultural practices in May than we originally planned. That means we may not go as deep with our verticutting, aerify greens at 1/4 inch tine instead of 1/2 inch tines, adjust/lower mowing heights at closer increments, etc. However, things can change at a moments notice and we will adjust as the season adjusts.

While we hope for warmer days ahead, this past week it was business as usual for the TurfCare staff. The week started off with a quick cleanup from the storm that brought several tornadoes surrounding Deep Springs. Fortunately, we did not suffer any damage other than a few limbs down and washed out bunkers. The course received over 1.5 inches of rain, but with the windy days that we had the course was able to dry out by Wednesday. With the warmer weather last week, the tees and fairways continued to green up and and yesterday we were able to mow all tees and fairways to help with the transition. Also, we dragged the fairways to clean them up from the recent storms we have had, break up up the matted layers to give them some sun exposure and help with greening up, and  help the mowers give a consistent clean cut. After dragging and mowing them we then ran the blower on them to get off all unwanted debris off the fairways.

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Phil blowing #10 fairway
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Brandon dragging #15 fairway

I’ve had a few of you ask about when we would be getting our new maintenance equipment. I will say that the next step in the process is the delivery of the new equipment and the pickup of the older stuff. The order has been submitted to our local Toro distributor and hopefully we can start taking delivery of items soon. We will be receiving new greens and tee mowers, a new fairway and rough mower, a new greens roller, a new bunker rake, and several utility carts(including a cart that I can use to do more than the current golf cart that I use). There are a few existing pieces that we will keep and rollover on our new lease. Those pieces include a trim rough mower and a utility cart. We are certainly looking forward to getting this package delivered as it will make our job a lot easier and more efficient. I’ve added some pictures below that show what we will be receiving.

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Off the course we also did some work with our tennis courts. Over the years the tennis courts have been neglected. Recently, we have had some interest in tennis at Deep Springs and so we spent this week cleaning up the courts. With help from Eden YMCA’s tennis pro, Bitrus Istifanus, we will be applying clay material to the courts and smoothing out the surface to playing condition. Once we get the courts where they need to be then we will maintain them like they should be.

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Cleaning up the tennis courts
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Tennis courts are getting better. We’ll be applying new clay material soon and give it a nice smooth and consistent playing surface.

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Finally, remember on April 30th-May 6th visit http://www.rounds4research.com. You will notice on the Golf Channel and on social media the ads that I’ve been putting on my blog for the past few weeks. In case you are new or haven’t visited in the past month, you can bid on courses from all over the US that you could only dream of playing. Those proceeds will go to fund turfgrass research that will in turn help the game of golf. So, go to the website above or click on the picture below to help our universities continue research on issues that me and countless others deal with daily.

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I’d like to thank you all for adhering to our cart path rules, fixing ball marks, replacing divots, and raking bunkers. While we are transitioning from a wild winter it’s these little things that go a long way. You are our biggest ally and along with that we put our best foot forward each day to give you a consistent product daily. Feel free to email me for any question or comment, joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

 

This Week at Deep Springs: 4-13-18

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Roberto needle-tining #5 green

 

Hello Deep Springs!

Hope you enjoyed your Friday the 13th and hopefully it was spent in the sun on the golf course. A quick glance at the forecast for the weekend shows a nice repeat on Saturday and then a possible washout on Sunday. Looking ahead to the next week we seem to stay fairly warm during the day and the overnight lows will begin to warm up except for Tuesday with a low expected to be in the 30’s. At any rate, I believe we can officially say that spring is here.

As I alluded to last week with the turf starting to wake up it has certainly stayed on course and we’re seeing areas green up a lot more than some of the really wet areas that we had this winter. Again, we just have to be patient and let Mother Nature help us out with the transition and we will do our part to assist. One thing we did do this week was widen #14 fairway 10 yards to the left. So, for those of you who play past the fairway bunker will notice more roll out areas for your ball instead of hitting into rough. We may extend it even more, but we will stick with what we’ve got this year and then make a decision on whether to extend it some more next Spring. There were other areas that I was looking to extend, but after further review some of the areas may serve better as rough than as fairways especially if it tends to stay wet longer. Let me know what you think of #14 fairway!

The biggest box that we checked off this week was needle tining our greens. We did the front 9 on Tuesday and the back 9 on Wednesday. Overall, I think it went fairly well with the exception of a few areas. The putting green and a couple greens on the front 9 had some old plugs that were pulled up with the machine. Also, a couple spots pulled due to mechanical error on the putting green. Those issues were addressed and the remaining greens did exactly what I expected. The greens are certainly softer now and the areas that did pull will heal in no time. Looking more into the benefits of this practice, I’ve outlined a list below to explain in further detail of this process:

  1. COMPACTION: Physically loosens up the soil which will help when water/rain, fertilizer, and other products are applied to the greens. The soil is impermeable when it is compacted and so breaking this up will allow for things to move through it. The biggest reason for compaction is obviously traffic from golfers and equipment.
  2. AIR: This is very important for root growth and also the health of the soil. Having the oxygen available  is beneficial when it comes to absorbing the moisture and nutrients that is applied.
  3. GAS EXCHANGE: Another big key is releasing the toxic gasses in the soil. A buildup of gas in the soil is bad for roots to grow in. So, those gasses are immediately released when we “vent” the greens.

This process is usually hardly even noticeable and for the most part that was the case on our greens. I plan to do this again in another month or once the greens kind of tell me when a good time would be. This is an important step in waking  the greens so to speak  from an aggressive winter that we just experienced. After a few days of some warmer days and nights that don’t get below 40, we will fertilize them to aid in the transition.  Right now, we are keeping them rolled and mowed and giving them just the amount of water they need to chug along. I’ve told many of you it is hard to be patient right now, but that is the most important thing that we can do right now. I want them looking like Augusta as much as you do.

Another sign of the spring season was the collection of our greens covers. We spent a few days putting straps on the covers and bringing them to our shop. Once at the shop we cleared out one of our lofts and stored the covers in order. So, just a quick recap, we covered greens officially for 38 days from November 10th until March15th. The longest stretch was for 10 days and that was around the 1st of the year. Hopefully 2019 will be better.

 

One thing I did want to touch on again is cart traffic. I have seen several areas throughout the golf course that are worn out from traffic. The worst area, in my opinion, is #11 tee box. I’ve roped this area off and hopefully this will help the worn out area out. I particularly don’t like to have a golf course full of rope and stakes and like to see it in it’s natural setting. However, if turf is suffering because of cart traffic then rope and stakes is essential.  Like I mentioned last week, if we have to implement “resting days” for some holes then that will be heavily considered during the stressful months. The other thing is if ‘Cart Path Only’ is in affect then please adhere to the cart path only notice. I have seen  a few times where carts have disregarded the rule and fortunately those carts did not cause any damage to the turf, but this time of year is an extremely vulnerable time to be a bermuda grass plant with the transition occurring. All of these rules are to ensure that we have nice, healthy turf. My goal is to have a consistent golf course and with your help in keeping carts away from greens and tees and obeying cart rules then you will help us obtaining that goal for the future. So, please, if you see someone not following the rules then please kindly “educate” them on the rules.

 

 

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As I’ve ended most of posts the last few weeks, I’d like to remind you to visit http://www.rounds4research from April 30th-May 6th. This fundraiser is an innovative program geared at generating resources to fund research and help ensure golf’s future. So, if you are a golfer looking for an opportunity to support research for a sport you love this provides a way for everyone to come together and ensure its future. Please click the image below to access Rounds4Research:

As always, we appreciate you fixing ball marks, replacing divots, and raking those bunkers. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com

 

This Week at Deep Springs: 4-6-18

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Hello Deep Springs! As many of you know we are in the midst of Masters week, the unofficial start to the golf season is underway. Hopefully, many of you were able to get out and enjoy our edition of the Par 3 Tournament this past Wednesday. It has been a couple weeks since my last post and things are on the greener side compared to the last post. The weather has greatly improved, but it looks like the last bit of winter is making one last stand. Looking ahead to next week and towards next weekend, temperatures will begin to go on the rise.

So, as the weather begins to slowly transition so to does the turf.  Many of the tees, fairways, rough, and greens are greening up. On our tees and fairways, you will see areas green up quicker that spent a great deal of time in the full sun. The slower areas that will transition will be areas that were wet and shady. The “w” word(winterkill) is a word that everyone is fearful of this time of year. Just a few years ago the Piedmont area had a severe case of winterkill. However, fortunately, here at Deep Springs this did not occur. Hopefully, that trend continues this year. I honestly feel and hope that it won’t be as severe as 2015.

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Bermuda slowly starting to pop.

This past winter we covered greens over 35 days, compared to 17 in 2017. The direct impact from this is an extended transition that will take some patience and some timely cultural and nutritional practices. The greens have started to wake up over the last two weeks and we will help jump things into gear this coming week. We will needle tine the greens to relieve compaction, increase gas exchange, and provide a avenue for roots to grow. The process will be a mow before the needle tine and then followed up with a roll. This will not disrupt ball roll and we will repeat this job again in 3-4 weeks. As the temperatures start to rise and be more consistent, we will incorporate a bi-weekly foliar program. The goal is to increase root growth and to ensure that our greens are consistent as with everything else on our course.

I have heard a lot of talk around the area on the transition throughout the Piedmont at other golf courses. The one consistent thing that I have been hearing is that most of the issues coming to surface is on courses whom sprigged greens last year. So, the greens were too immature to handle the brutal cold winter that we experienced. There have been signs of this as far south as Charleston and up to the Greensboro area. Also, courses who do not cover greens also are experiencing problems. Another part of the equation is the subsurface that many of the greens are built on. Here at Deep Springs our greens are built on native or “push-up” complexes. So, these kind of surfaces tend to hold more moisture. During the summer months, the constant fight is to alleviate wet soils. However, during the cold/winter months holding some moisture in the top 3-4 inches can be beneficial when it comes to preventing injury. A lot of courses who are having issues are on USGA sand based greens. These greens are different than “push-ups” in that they are designed and built to drain more efficiently and quicker than push up greens. The downside is during the winter it can be harmful to keeping moisture in the top 3-4 inches. Overall, I believe we are healthy, but I think the turf is very weak. So, we will help things out as we move forward. The hardest thing for me is to be patient. I wish I was as thin as my patience. As much as I want to push our turf right now to be green and flush, the best thing we can do is to wait for Mother Nature to give us ideal temperatures and then we can get to work. Once the soil temperatures get to 50-60 degrees we will apply 1/2 pound-1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. Eventually once we get down to maintaining our greens our nitrogen applications will reduce considerably. However, the micronutrients we apply will stay pretty consistent throughout the growing season. I’m looking forward to this summer and seeing where things go.

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Please help us out with cart traffic. As a reminder, carts are not allowed near greens and/or tee complexes. If you notice anyone abusing the privilege please let us know. Your help with this matter only improves our turf immediately. If we continue to have issues then rope and stakes will be enforced. Some courses, especially in Florida, there are weekly resting holes where carts are restricted to cart path only and this could potentially be a program we enforce here.

Again, thanks for fixing ball marks and replacing divots. If you have any question or comment, please email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com

This Week at Deep Springs: 3-26-18

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Hello Deep Springs!

Hope you’ve had a great start to the week and I apologize as I am a few days late on my weekly blog. I was under the weather from Friday and most of the weekend. While I was sick, it was business as usual here at Deep Springs. We kicked off the first week of the spring season with 2 days of snow. The system that rolled through on Wednesday was more of a mix compared to the 4.5″ inches that we received late Saturday/early Sunday morning. It appears that some warmer weather is in the not too distant future. I’ve seen some 70’s in the forecast later in the week. However, it will cool off slightly as we wrap up this week and get into next week. The “experts” are forecasting the temperatures to be below normal for the majority of April and above average rain totals. Hopefully, April will be a lot better than March.

A quick review of March can be told in a few words: Cold and wet, with some snow mixed in between. I’ve been told by several of you that it isn’t surprising of how bad March can be. I believe I heard that it snowed every Thursday in March of 1969. Going back to the first snow of the season in December and up through Sunday, we have had over 22 inches of snow this winter(and Spring). The first snow fell on December 9th(6 inches) and the most amount of snow came in January(8 inches on 1/17-1/18). This past weekend we received just under 5 inches. As far as rainfall, for the month of March we have had just under 4 inches of rain. That is slightly up from February, as it was also warmer in February than in March. It has been an unusual winter to say the least and I hope that translates into a normal spring. The beating that the turfgrass took from the Winter season it definitely needs a gradual transition into the warmer days.

This week we are cleaning up the debris throughout the golf course as the snow this past weekend brought down a number of limbs and trees from the wet, heavy snow. The golf course is extremely wet and hopefully things will dry out as the temperatures go up. We have been tackling some of our drainage lines around the golf course. We flushed out several lines and it looks like those lines are draining a lot better than they have in the past. We dug up one drain near 18 green to ensure that proper drainage was going into the pond. We will continue to tackle these wet areas as we make get into the warmer months ahead when rain showers are more active.

Thanks for following us this week! I know this is a shorter update this time around. My next update will be on April 6th. There will be times where I’m unable to get out an update each week. So, that just means more work for me and more for you to read and see. Please continue to keep golf carts away from green and tee complexes. Also, thank you for fixing your ball marks and replacing divots. This is extremely important this time of year as the turf is in an extremely vulnerable state. As a reminder, as you rake the bunkers leave the rakes inside the bunker parallel to the edge. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com

P.S.- Just a reminder, starting on April 30th and running through May 6th, you can bid on rounds that benefit turfgrass research. Please click on the picture below to find out more information.

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