|seed popping in the slice seed rows on fairways|
|rt of 3 green pull cart tracks in dew. sign not working|
"The problem is that traffic control on a golf course borders on lunacy"
I often tell people one of the parts of my job that continues from it's earliest times is the herding aspect. Originally a greenkeeper would herd sheep around the property to mow the grass. Now we attempt to herd golfers to keep them from wearing the turf. If every pull cart walks on the same path, say the right collar on 3 green, then the turf gets compacted and suffers. So we attempt to cajole players to spread the wear by using ropes, stakes, signs, personal pleas, scare tactics, you name it we have tried it. Many many years ago I told a player if I caught him pulling his cart over the ropes on three once more it would take a team of surgeons to remove it from... well you know. Not my finest moment but the alternative to keep my sanity is I barely notice anymore. Giving up is not part of a greenkeeper's genetic makeup however so here we are trying new signs and talking about traffic once again. Rusty Hitchings often likes to remind me of our first meeting when he played an early nine with a pull cart and I caught up to him on 6 or so and jokingly told him if he is going to be first off he better behave because I can see every place he has been in the dew. I use that example to train the staff also. If they make tracks where we do not want carts golfers will follow them. Herd mentality.
So to deal with our seedling issue we have roped off the worst areas to keep carts out entirely. If you care to help in the recovery on fairways stay out of these areas and avoid any other bare spots. The reduction in traffic is critical for the first month.
|Skunks have started feeding again|
|exploratory for a water line expansion this Fall on Golf Club Rd|
|Steve Handy doing some road drain work for us.|
Edit: I added the following video link. A classic from the archives of Turfnet TV and Randy WilsonHumorous cart control video