|Jesus holding a plug from #13 green (007 bentgrass) - nice long roots!|
|Early morning view at the beach.|
|Karen Thomson, my wife who does all of the flower designs at Biltmore and is laying out the plantings for the flower pots used around the property. It has been some long days this week - starting at 5:30AM and ending around today at 7:30PM. All planting should be completed this week.|
|#7 Green - New bent green (from sod) - will open Friday.|
|New #10 and #13 USGA Bent greens grown from seed will open Friday. This is being maintained at the same height of cut as the other greens.|
|New #11 green will open Friday (from Sod). The sod greens will be a slower than the other greens.|
|Peter Westfall, my assistant, smiling, even with snow falling.|
|To protect the flowers, from frost - we cover them with plastic, but this is the first time we covered them to protect them from SNOW!|
|Snow falling - notice the Robins on the bridge rails, even they are confused.|
|Last week we aerified weak areas in the fairways and filled the holes with a mix of seed and soil.|
|Happy Mothers Day!|
|Look closely at the #8 green and you can see very faint green lines. This is the bent that we seeded into the greens this spring to help with the recovery. Click on the picture to enlarge.|
|Pulling the plugs - we used a quad tine holder with 1/2" tines.|
|After the plugs are removed, the green is rolled 2 times and then sand is broomed across the green filling all holes. We also applied wetting agents yesterday.|
|A close up of the plugs - mostly thatch.|
May 5, 2014
Hurry up and wait is about the only way to describe the current situation for many courses. Frustration has set in with the climate as the cold, wet, cloudy weather is good for nothing except spending time worrying about it at the bar. Many superintendents who responded to the recent survey sent out by CDGA and MAGCS indicated the most consistent reason as to why they did not have damage was purely down to the fact that they have a strong creeping bentgrass stand on their putting surfaces. I think they might even feel a little bit guilty - if not, they certainly are extremely grateful!
Germination has been slow and while covers will help to warm soils they do very little as far as making an immediate putting surface. Moisture has arrived in a somewhat more consistent manner although there were instances of heavy hail occurring this week in the western suburbs of Chicago. Staying the course and remembering it is somewhat out of your control in regards to climate will help to reign in the frustration somewhat. Take solace in knowing that many people are in the same situation, trying to get back to optimal conditions as soon as reasonably possible and that once soil temperatures get to >55°F consistently we will all feel some relief.
Many superintendents understand now what they have and I think the fear of loss has now been overcome with determination to beat the damage with the hope that there is some form of spring prior to the return of summer - roots have begun to make an appearance downward but it doesn't seem like they are sprinting as of yet. Courses have aerified and some are looking close to recovered while others just need some heat. Time is all that is required - which unfortunately is not there in abundance. If the forecast holds for next week with temperatures possibly reaching the 70's and if we are lucky a warm rain then help can be considered to be on the way!
Click here to view the May 2, 2014 Scouting Report
As always if you have a question or query please do not hesitate to ask and you can call or email.
Ed Nangle PhD
Director of Turfgrass Programs
Chicago District Golf Association
Office: (630) 685-2307
Cell: (630) 423-1925
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|Daffodils are great spring flowers if deer are an issue, as deer won't eat them.|
|The new roof for the clubhouse is well underway. How many workers can you count?? Click to enlarge picture....|
|#13 green - ahhh, if only all the greens were like this one - pure bent "007", built to USGA specifications - life would be good for everyone. This green (along with #10) will open Memorial Day weekend. The mower in the picture is Toro's new electric greens mower. This was given to us from Toro at no charge to keep. Very quite and a nice cut.|
|Spring is here to stay, I HOPE...|