Monday, July 25, 2016

Hot, Humid and Wet

In the last few days, temps have been hitting 90 degrees with frequent rains (3.37" in the last 4 days).  At the start, we needed the rain but now it is to much.  Disease pressure is very high which required extra applications of fungicides. The rough is not protected from diseases and many areas are affected which will cause discolorations and thinning.  Today (Monday) the course is soaked once again and we are unable to mow rough - hope to begin this afternoon.

We have two weather stations at Biltmore, one is linked online that you can view at anytime CLICK HERE to see the info from this weather station.  Also if you would like updates on carts, course conditions, frost delays, etc - sign up at www.RainedOut.com - CLICK HERE for RainedOut.com  You can also view all messages that I have sent on the website (without signing up).  Typically messages are sent early in the mornings when needed.


Data from our weather station

Today we are needle tine aerating greens - this is with a very small, solid tine that will not affect play.  This helps to allow air into the water logged soils.

Monday Course Work:

  • Edge bunkers and fix washouts
  • Walk push mow rough around greens and tees
  • Spray growth regulators on greens and tees
  • Cut tees and collars
  • Needle tine aerate greens and rolling (to smooth afterwards)
  • Grind greens mowers (sharpen)
  • Grind Rough Mowers (sharpen and routine maintenance)
  • Seed and soil (fill divots)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Grounds Crew 2016

This year Tomas Durken and Wyatt Byrd produced a video chronicling the grounds crew and course at Biltmore Country Club using our new drone.




Grounds Crew 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

PoaCure

This spring we started a trial on #4 green using a product called PoaCure.  It is in the EPA registration process (and has been for many years) but shows great promise in removing Poa from Bent greens.  This spring we agreed to participate in the ongoing national trails and our protocol was to make 4 applications, 2 weeks apart starting in April and two more applications in October.  Other sites use different application timing/rates and then all the data is used to come up with a recommendation for how best to use the product, if and when it is approved.

PoaCure works by stopping the growth of the Poa and allowing bent to overtake and/or out compete.  It is a very slow process and most people do not see the full results until the following year.  So far, we have seen some reduction in Poa, but not much - which is very normal.

PoaCure may become available next year. But PoaCure will be best suited for golf courses that have recently renovated their greens, helping to keep them pure bent.  PoaCure does not fix infrastructure issues (shade, poor construction or drainage or excessive contours) and doe not replace the older bents with the newer bents.   The older bents are not very desirable grasses (thick blades, puffy, etc).  The new bents are much better than the old.  So, for a course like Biltmore with a mix of Poa, old Bents and new Bents, and construction issues we will have to see how PoaCure might fit in to the overall management strategy.
#4 Green - the left side of the green treated with PoaCure

Bent is the grass on the left and Poa on the right


Today (Monday) we worked 12 hours, so we could be prepared for the 8:30AM shotgun on Tuesday:

  • Mowed Tees and Fairways
  • Mowed all Rough
  • Sprayed Greens, Tees and Fairways
  • Topdress Greens and Tees by hand (4 passes)
  • Dragged Greens (to work sand in and remove "grain")
  • Weeded Flowers at Clubhouse
  • Power washed decking at Beach
  • Watered dry areas (there are lots of them!)
  • Edged Cart Paths



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bunker Edges

Last week we tried a new technique in raking the bunkers with the goal of increasing playability.  The difference is using a large paint roller to smooth the sand around the edges of the bunker, this helps golf balls to "release" and roll down to the bottom of the bunker.  It does look a little different, but we hope it helps!
New Bunker Grooming on the edges.


The edges are made smooth with a paint roller (extra wide).