Sunday, July 19, 2015

CDGA Weekly Update - July 17, 2015

Scouting Report
July 17, 2015 Scouting Report
It's about to get bumpy around here is the general sentiment as the moisture that we have plenty of is going to get combined with some pretty warm temperatures – welcome to summer I guess! Problems have started to arrive as pythium showed up late this week and will have continued to put pressure on untreated areas over the weekend. Anthracnose has also shown its head pretty strongly with all the moisture and so reducing stress from cultural practices will be important for the next few days. It’s been so wet St. Andrews even looks green!
The field day season begun in earnest this week with Purdue kicking off the regional programs following a deluge and the attendance was excellent at ~500 people for the day. Water conservation talks, tree damage repair, fertility processes, insects and diseases were the dominant list of interest for everyone and the pork chop lunch was excellent also! The heat advisory this weekend is an important reminder for all of us who work outside to make sure that staff are well hydrated, covered in sunscreen, not pushing too hard on strenuous activities and wearing appropriate clothing – be careful out there. Next week looks like bringing some relief on the temperature front as of right now though there is still rain in the forecast. – Monday looks like a really really really good day to try and vent….
Click here to view the July 17, 2015 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
www.cdgaturf.org
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pictures from the week

Below are some pictures from the last few weeks.  Thanks to Peter Westfall and Watt Byrd for taking some great pictures!  We just need the rain to end, for a while.

We started work today at 4:30AM - to get the course ready for Sweepstakes.
With the wet weather, please keep carts on paths
The many years of topdressing and filling the arification with sand have helped to keep the greens draining.  Very important this year!

Our test of a new type of grass (Red Top Streaker) for the bank on #14 is getting good reviews.
The seed heads are a nice read color.

Dragon fly on a fairway in the early AM.  They are helpful in eating mosquitoes!



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Practice Facility and some pictures!

In the last month work has begun on transforming the house and property purchased this spring into a new golf practice facility.  Work began June 1st and this week the house was finally removed after all the utilities were disconnected. We are on schedule to seed the complex around August 15th.  In the next few weeks, work will begin on grading the property.  Before the house was torn down, it was used for 3 days of training by the Lake Zurich Fire Department.  They were very thankful to have real house to practice on.  They could not use fire, but they practiced cutting holes in the roof, walls and preformed simulated drills of search and rescue with artificial smoke.
During removal of the house.  It took about 1/2 day to tear it down.  All valuable items in the house were removed and sold.  The remaining parts to the house were sent to a recycling company.

The house prior to demolition.  All of the stone walls were removed (on pallets in background) 


Back of house during demolition.
Lake Zurich Fire Department conducting training in the house.

Dragonfly - very beneficial insect that eats lots of mosquitoes!

Healthy baby bird looking for its mother!  All ended well!

#4 green in the early AM.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CDGA Weekly Update - July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015 Scouting Report
For many of us as we head into the Fourth of July, a feeling of good fortune should abound. Temperatures have saved us from almost complete disaster after all the precipitation we have received. Many people will have noticed in the news that June was the wettest June on record in Illinois since records began in 1895. If you didn’t get washed away or notice that carts were not in use as much then you were not at the golf course! Fortunately, temperatures for many of us were not in the extreme heat situation and so while soils are somewhat saturated – potential for large scale root and patch diseases has been limited.
Masked chafers have arrived and presumably the adults are in the process of producing offspring as we speak. The offspring of course will become those lovely grubs that the skunks and raccoons love to dine on while turning the golf course into a plowed field. The drying conditions that are predicted over the holiday weekend may prove to be vital as we have high temperatures in the forecast for early next week. An opportunity exists next week to also see some of the great senior golfers as the Encompass Championship rolls into town - the start of the tournament season here in the area. Venting should have occurred this week as many of us drew breath after all the rainfall and the arrival of drier weather conditions. Etiolation has certainly arrived and managers now have to judge best practices as far as how hard they can push surfaces. The drying conditions and cooler temperatures over the holiday weekend will only serve to put us in a better situation going into some forecasted heat next week. Enjoy the holiday weekend and get ready for a busy month!
Click here to view the July 3, 2015 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
www.cdgaturf.org
Follow us on Twitter @TurfResearch