The seeding process of our primary rough with Tall Fescue is going well as we have completed most of the front nine this week, 9/26/22 through 9/30/22. We also conducted our bi-weekly bunker maintenance this week which takes allot of man-hours that will next week be shifted to rough seeding which will allow us to finish over 90% of all the primary rough by weeks end.
We are opening hole #'s 1, 4 & 9 today, Friday 9/30/22 to limited golf cart traffic. When I say limited, I mean;
We Need To Keep Cart Traffic on Fairway's Only, Not in the Rough.
I wrote a course update in April about carts return to the golf course describing entering and exiting through gates and not driving in the rough. I can tell by traffic patterns that the gates are used by the majority of cart's to enter and exit fairways, but I can also tell that golf cart traffic in the rough is common place. Driving in the rough on these newly seeded holes can compromise germination and establishment, as well as potentially migrating some seed into our hybrid bermuda fairways, which we definitely dont want. Driving in the rough simply cannot happen in the month of October while this new seed establishes.
We are all used to the gates now. It will be imperative that we use them to both enter and exit any given hole while the Tall Fescue seed in the rough germinates and starts to get established.
Overhead from springtime shows the typical pattern we need carts to take while seed in rough is germinating and establishing. Do Not Drive In The Rough.
Golf holes that will be cart path only will be lined with multiple signs.
#4 left-hand rough, which is a typical thinning stand that has been aggressively interseeded with Tall Fescue. The timing, weather, preparation is perfect. It will need to be kept moist for germination as well as keeping cart traffic off of it.
Look for multiple signs reminding you to not drive in the rough.
We have invested allot of sweat and treasure into this golf course to give us a chance at surviving summers, and have a product that is both sustainable and something we can all be proud of. The 2021 renovation was the move that made this possible. These subsequent moves of establishing more durable Tall Fescue in the rough and future moves of installing supplemental irrigation to keep the fescue thriving in the summer will bring us even closer to this goal. I truly believe...
The Best is Yet to Come! Thank You for Your Support and Patience.