As a reminder, the golf course will be closed on Monday August 24th and Tuesday August 25th for aerification of our greens, tees and fairways. I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause but it is necessary to maintain our beautiful golf course!
Many members have expressed their concerns about the density of the rough in some areas on the golf course and the difficulty of hitting their ball our of it. The main reason for this is there is a large amount of bentgrass in our roughs and the bentgrass grows very dense. Another problem with bentgrass in our roughs is Bentgrass creates a large amount of thatch. The excessive thatch accumulations created by the Bentgrass in our rough is shown above. After nearly an inch of rain rain just two days ago, the soil remains dry beneath the thatch. It is very difficult for water and nutrients to penetrate through the thatch. Without removing the Bentgrass from our roughs, aerification is necessary. However, the amount of aerification we are capable of completing ourselves is not nearly enough to maintain this thatch to acceptable levels. The images were taken after some aerification in the rough on #5 today.
PP&L recently cut down 3 trees on our property because they were concerned with them falling on the power lines. There are 2 piles of logs near the road on #4 and #8. Please feel free to take any or all of the wood!
Air Injection was performed today on our green by Saturated Solutions 4 U. This process involves tines being forced into the ground by compressed air, the tines release the forced air at their tips and fracturing the underlying soil. This will aid in water infiltration and air and gas exchange in our soil profiles.
The decision to install XGD drainage in our greens is paying off well!! We have received over 6 inches of rain in the past two weeks! Although our greens are wet, they are draining, there is no standing water on them and they remain playable!! The remaining areas on the golf course have several areas with standing water so golf cart restrictions are in place!