What you need to know about 7 Green.

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What you need to know about 7 Green.

  • The new green is set to open on Friday, June 2nd. Turf Care will monitor it closely to see how it handles golfer traffic, which it may require an afternoon syringe. The green will close on Monday, June 5th for maintenance and reopen for the 6th and 7th. Thursday the 8th it will be re-evaluated. This "soft" opening allows Turf Care to do the work it needs to focus on the overall long term health of the turf. 
  • The new putting surface on 7 will provide higher quality playing conditions that are more consistent from spring to fall and throughout the day whether playing in the morning or at night. The previous surface provided inconsistent and bumpy putting surface throughout the season and at different times of the day due to different growth habits of the two grass species.
  • T1 bent grass putting surfaces will provide improved reliability from winter kill ensuring Members are able to enjoy the highest standards of golf course conditioning early in the spring and throughout the golf season. It is impossible to completely eliminate poa encroachment from bent grass greens. However, by increasing sunlight penetration, utilizing new species of bent grass and continuing to adapt our cultural and chemical application programs, poa can be minimized and lengthen the life span of the new bent grass greens.
  • The putting green contours within the green nearly stayed the same and will continue to provide Members the same challenges. By removing the poa patches it added more hole locations to the green which will help enhance the playability and conditioning by spreading wear and tear to different areas of the green.
  • The selective tree removal that was done in the previous winter will help to provide optimal growing conditions for the putting surface. Enhanced sunlight on the green will help to slow down poa encroachment and enhance putting surface conditioning.
  • New green surface will be maintained with a focus on minimizing Poa encroachment which will include the elimination or significant reduction of greens aeration during the golf season.
  • You can expect the green to be slower and bumpier for the majority of the first year as it matures. One year from now the green will be consistent with the rest in terms of speed and playability.

Lastly you as members can significantly help slow poa encroachment by properly fixing your ball marks. Please click the link below to watch a short video from the USGA on how to properly fix a ball mark.

www.usga.org/.../usga-course-care-video--how-to-repair-ball-marks- 2204995528001.html

Chris Prodahl
Golf Course Superintendent

Posted: 6/1/2017 8:37:01 AM by Chris Prodahl

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