It was indeed just a year ago this week when we started the sprigging process to convert our fairways at Granite Bay Golf Club from a mix of cool season turf varieties to warm season Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda. The process we used to convert the fairways is called sprigging which involved shredding big rolls of sod into little pieces, disking them into prepared soil, rolling, flood watering followed by allot of fertilizer, more watering and rolling, then BOOM! a fairway. Sounds simple, but in reality, it was a stressful time filled with learning curves and setbacks and questions such as "is this going to work?".
Fast forward a year and we have the foundation of what will be, with a little more time to fine tune and mature, some extremely fast, firm and sustainable fairways that wont be susceptible to the stresses of summer any longer, along with superior playability year round to our previous cool season blend.
|The first big roll of Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda about to be made into sprigs on #1 fairway |
June 28, 2021
|Starting the sprigging on #1. GM Kevin Marshall is so excited.|
|Hard to believe this turned into fairway turf.|
|Fairways we started playing on 4 - 5 months later.|
|Fairways we are playing on a year later.|
|10 months after sprigging|
Fine Tuning Continues
|Above is a good closeup of Santa Anna seedhead.|
|Clean Santa Anna Fairway after seedheads were removed with vertical mowing|