Getting there and Weather Underground

Welcome to Summer. The holiday weekend is upon us and the weather has turned a bit warmer. The course appears to be getting into shape and starting to look as good as it has played. The construction is almost behind us with the last of the woods on 3 being seeded. Speaking about 3 the sod has been lowered so at least you can find your ball and pull it out to the approach or nearest point of relief. That is easier to say than do in some parts of the hole with the entire right side having been seeded. Do the best you can. If it looks like a seeded area move over. Murph found a baby foul running around the 8th hole. A long way from any water.

I swapped our moisture meter with a colleague who had one that measured salinity which ours did not. This was not a feature he needed and we sure do so it was a win-win for both of us. I tested it out this week on a fertilizer spill on the first hole. When testing greens the salinity was in the .6 range. This spill area was 1.2 all the way up to 8.55. As you can see synthetic fertilizers can have a high salt index and if concentrated will kill grass. It was a good lesson on how to use the new meter.
I flushed that area today with some gypsum and will replant when the meter shows acceptable levels.
Got Salt?
The pictures below cannot do justice to the colors in the high rough these days. The red top mixed in with the purple fescue seed heads is stunning.

Red Top in tall rough

#3 is coming along and this warmer weather will only help. We will have to install another sprinkler to hit the lower half of the new sod. Hopefully this week.
lowering sod height
My last post was a plea for people to help us improve the course by following the directional signs and ropes and stay off newly seeded and sodded areas. I also asked people to keep their pull carts off the collars of the greens. The pictures below show people inside the ropes and pull cart tracks right up the right collar on three and on new seeded area to the left of the 3rd approach bunker. Obviously these people are not reading this blog or getting the message.

Not getting much help......
On a tip in the TurfNet forum from a Superintendent in Illinois, Chuck Barber St Charles CC, I purchased an inexpensive weather station. It is WiFi and connected to the Weather Underground site. Check it out HERE Bookmark the site for all your Mink Meadows weather interests.

I need your help

This has certainly been an interesting year so far. In this earlier post "tree work" I showed pictures of the right side of three green where we removed a few trees trying to improve the growing environment and playability of the hole. I discussed removing the emotion of trees trying to temper peoples reaction to some tree removal. Then we had 4 nor'easters come through in just a few weeks and the devastation was severe on this hole. From the back of the 3 green to the 2nd green we lost approximately 30 trees. Some were uprooted as earlier posts showed. The clean up has all been done and the repairs have been made to the course. We now need to give the sod and seed a chance to establish to ensure its longevity. Seedlings and new sod have this in common: they both fail under traffic. In fact, most grass fails under intense traffic. This is where I need your help. Eventually we will have to figure out the best way to get carts and walkers from the short turf to the path and next tees. For now it is a temporary path well short of the old path. This is so we can establish grass where it was basically woods.

"Seedlings and new sod have this in common: they both fail under traffic"

Concentrated traffic equals dead grass and a path. Whether drive carts all exiting a fairway in the same spot or push/pull carts all walking on a collar. The grass doesn't know the difference. The ropes on the course are for both. The "ALL CARTS" signs are for both. The "NO PULL CARTS" signs are for push carts also. We have once again put green stakes at the edge of the tall rough to remind carts to stay out of there. I also placed them on the right of 3 to keep carts out of the short rough. This section of rough has never been good from the lack of sunlight, tree competition etc. It took a real beating from all the tree company trucks this spring. It has been given some attention and seeded so hopefully with a break from cart traffic the grass there will bounce back and the seed will germinate. The right woods has also been seeded to repair from all the tree removal and the ensuing damage. Please take care while searching for errant balls. Once this area heals it will be a completely different hole. Below is a picture showing the green area and the traffic pattern.

3 during construction looking down old path to bobcat

3 now mowing week old sod. crazy

looking back towards tee. new bunker

looking back towards tee old bunker during tree work 

spiking rough on 3/ Topsoil being spread on 2 and logs being removed
It has been a busy few weeks trying to get all these projects wrapped up. The weather has been cold but a we are seeing more players every week. The grass is starting to grow and regular maintenance is demanding our attention. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we recover from the storm damage and please help us give you the best course conditions by staying off the damaged areas as best as you can.

Last Day for Golf Auction

Regulars to this blog will remember me discussing the Tee Up New England Auction. I covered it HERE in a post. This is the last day for the on-line auction. There are some great courses as usual but this year we have added the ATG Alumni Turf Group from UMass. They have solicited rounds from outside NE and they would be bucket list courses for any golfer. Here is a screen grab of one of the current auction pages. Remember these prices are for foursomes with carts in most cases. Read the descriptions of each to see what, if any, restrictions may apply. All proceeds go towards turf research in NE and the ATG.