Monday, April 7, 2014

Course Opening this Week

Finally things are starting to green up.  It looks like we will be opening the greens later this week - Thursday or Friday, just depends on how things go the next few days.  I will make the official announcement sometime Wednesday.  It is possible we may have 1 or 2 greens not open this week.  We are still evaluating the damage caused to the poa this winter and these greens may need extra time to recover.  They currently have a cover on them to warm the soils faster and stimulate growth.  We will know more by the end of the week as to the full extent of the winter kill.  With each passing day the course is looking better.

Today we burned all of the prairie areas, finished raking the course and rolled greens, tees and fairways.  We will begin working the bunkers and start cutting greens, tees and fairways on Tuesday.

Peter Westfall, my assistant, has water in his backpack sprayer to help control the fire as needed.

A "Drip Torch" is used to lite the grass on fire.  It contains a mix of gas and diesel fuel

The conditions were good for burning, dry with a slight wind.  A permit from the State of IL is required for this type of open burning,

Our custom made roller is used to level the peat soils each year.  We will continue to roll the peat ground for about 1 more week.  Once the soils are firm, we can then pressurize the irrigation system and see how it fared this winter.