Saturday, July 7, 2012

Three Down - One more....

Amazing weather - Yesterday the course took some pretty tough punches.  Time will tell if they are knockouts or just a bruise.  The bent looks fine, the poa is what concerns me, especially on greens. We will be taking it easy on the greens tomorrow (Sunday); we may only roll.  Today the high is predicted to be 95 - still very hot.   We may have to syringing the course this afternoon if it remains sunny and hot.  Yesterday we had difficulty running our irrigation pumps due power issues from ComEd (not enough electricity to satisfy the pumps).  We could only pump 300GPM (normally we could pump 2,000GPM), and if we exceeded that - the pump station shut down automatically to protect the motors.  With the cool weather predicted, this is a time to heal before the next hot spell arrives.  There is a chance of rain today, then pretty much nothing for the next 10 days.   Hot weather diseases have been active in the rough, but so far greens, tees and fairway fungicide treatments have been holding up.

Wet Spots:
We have two types of problem wet spots - the most common is from the sprinklers hitting trees/branches causing the water to "drop".  If you see a roped off wet spot, look around and I bet a tree is nearby.  The second most common cause of a wet area is from a sprinkler that sticks at night and just waters in one direction.  General wetness in the early morning is from us trying not to water to much at night when diseases are most active and playing catchup in the early AM.  We have more control in the morning to make sure only those areas that need water get it.  The downside is that fairways may be wetter in the early AM.  With the drought we have been watering more than ever before and many of the peat soil fairways remain bone dry.

We have used more water this year, then most.
 For those interested in the stats, see below from WGN:
  1. Up to the current hot spell, only four years since 1871 had produced four or more daily 100s: 1934, 1947, 1953, 1988. This year (2012) is now among them.
  2. The three back to back 100-degree days just completed here--102-degrees Wednesday and 103-degree highs Thursday and Friday, all record breakers--constitute one of only three such strings over Chicago's 142-year observational record. It was 65 years ago in 1947 that we last experienced three consecutive 100-degree or higher temperatures.
  3. And, the opening six days of July included within the 10-day period of heat being discussed here, is the hottest in 101 years! The period from July 1-7 has produced an average temperature of 87.4-degrees in Chicago which is an extraordinary 13.8-degrees above normal!