Monday, May 30, 2016

New Practice Area

The new practice area has been open for 4 weeks and as we enter the hotter time of year it is really important that we use of the area as it was intended.  Thanks for you help in keeping this small practice area playable all year long.  If you have any questions, please ask the pro shop staff.

This area of the new practice tee was intended to be used only on the mats. Hitting to the targets from the grass will destroy this turf in a mater of weeks.  The turf is for use in giving lessons only.

A close up of the divots shows that improper use, the divots should be in a line - not scattered. These full, scattered divots will take weeks longer to heal than the proper "line" with only a small area of turf removed with each swing.  See diagram below.

Anytime you are taking a divot, it should be as shown above- in all practice areas.  With your help, we can  keep the turf healthy for the next golfer.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

CDGA Weekly Update

Scouting Report
Once again the frustration of a Chicago spring strikes and leaves the head scratching for all and stress of why won't it grow for many more. While in Japan the temperatures were pushing the 75-85°F mark which is also their spring time – that was not the case here and this weekend will be even further from that as a dreaded late spring frost will set some bentgrasses back 5-7 days at least. Once again our issue is being compounded by a combination of wet cloudy conditions followed by nights which are clear and creating rapid temperature drops. This is in particular a problem for sand based rootzones as the larger pore spaces allow for greater temperature changes and that directly impacts the bentgrasses. Disease finally arrived and many pictures came in with active microdochium and mycelia to boot – it was not something that many of us were used to but with the fog and high humidity on show many people saw an outbreak.
Insect activity has also popped up with some ataenius being spotted post application of control products. Weed activity has certainly been gangbusters with dandelion laying siege to any untreated areas. We are also moving into the more amine based product use unless you are along the lake which seems to be really dragging at the moment in regards to temperatures and plant activity.
Finally, the ITF annual fundraiser is on this Monday – if you have not registered maybe hope Mr. Cella has a spot for you at the Makray Memorial event where you are almost guaranteed lightning fast greens. As we progress next week while not having a large volume of precipitation in the forecast certainly is not balmy tropical with grass skirt weather – we may see some more microdochium activity combined with potential for Waitea – the season has officially started!

Click here to view the May 15, 2016 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
Senior Director of Turfgrass Programs
Chicago District Golf Association
Office: (630) 685-2307
Cell: (630) 423-1925
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