July Course Update

It’s July 12th and we finally broke our 16 day’s without rain streak.  It’s supposed to be the rainy season, but it’s brutal to manage the drought with 90 degree temperatures and windy conditions.  Overall, the staff and irrigation system kept course in good condition!

Greens will be aerified Monday July 24th with 1/2 inch tines and should recover in about 2 weeks.  The week of the 17th, we will quadruple verdict and lower heights .100 inch to help “groom” the greens prior to aerification.  2 weeks ago,  I raised greens to .115 from .100 because we were starting to thin and stressed from weekly double verticuttings and double cuttings.  They were looking very good, so today I asked Dallas to lower to . 110.

Fairways and Tees were aerified on Monday and Tuesday this week.  This will help water and air get into the root zone.  We will fertilized with our bio-solid fertilizer 6-4-0 on friday.  Overall fairways are in good condition.

Roughs are at 1.5 inches from 1 inch this spring.  Our biggest challenges are grassy weeds and mole cricket damage.  We are spot treating these areas on a weekly basis.


Bunker project completed:

#1 greensides, #17 greensides, #15 greensides, #13 green side bunkers

We have started on 16 green side bunkers this week and will finish next week.

Fence installed at #18 green and rightside #11.

Turf renovation at pg parking lot was started this week.  We are using the sod on hole 10 left of the tees.  This area will be our new croquette lawn.





Slicing roughs this week

You may have noticed some slits in the roughs this week.  We are slicing roughs to relieve compaction from cart traffic, open up pore space for water, air and nutrients and encourage growth.  After tractored pulled slicer, we follow behind with rough mower and we’re finished.  This will help endure the drought that we are experiencing.  

State of Turf 2017

Wow, what a year we battled thru in 2016.  We had everything, but wildfires.  The word I’ve heard in the past month from members is “I’m proud of the course”.  Well, I agree.  My staff and I were able to pull off PGA Tour conditions for the Pro AM and the course has never been better.  Thanks for all the compliments.  So how did we do it?  Simple:  Constant Never Ending Improvements!

In 2014, the board accepted my recommendation to invest $75,000 per year in improvements to enhance the golf course instead of regrassing the course and closing down for 6 to 7 months.  This decision was based on our current infrastructure of irrigation and drainage systems were in really good shape.  If I were to rate them based on letter grade I would say A- after 13 and 10 years.  Your investment in the course is really paying dividends.  A general guideline is to regrass greens every 10 years and total rebuild greens every 20 years in Florida.  My current projection is that in 2026 the course should be rebuilt and regrassed.  The strong infrastructure is evident how the course fared thru what I would consider the most extreme weather in my 22 year career.

The severe drought in July  (0.25 inches with 90 degree temperatures) limited my bermudagrass treatment process because course was under extreme stress.  This year I will start my treatments in April and run thru October.  This is the optimum growth of paspalum to fill in as we thin out the bermudagrass.  So how bad of a problem is the bermudagrass?  Based on the current conditions, not a really big deal.  There is no “pure” stand of turf on any golf course.  The Northeast deals with poa annua invading the bent grass green and some just keep the greens poa annua.  Fairways are bentgrass/poa blend and roughs fescue/kentucky bluegrass.  Augusta National has 2 bentgrasses A1/A4 on their greens and overseed ryegrass everywhere else with bermudagrass as the base turf.  We will continue to improve the course every summer to enhance your golfing experience.  December marked my 12th year here at VBCC and thank you for being such great members!