Here we are again, The Dog Days of Summer at Granite Bay. The "Dog Days", as the ancient Romans called this period of time, was not about the weather being unfit for a dog, but an astrological event where the Sirius "Dog Star" and associated constellation rises with the sun for 40 day's in early July through mid August. The ancients believed the extra heat experienced during this stretch was the combination of heat produced by The Dog Star and The Sun's close proximity. But science tells us the dog days are the result of the earths tilt in the Northern Hemisphere related to the sun, where the angle of the suns rays hit our part of the world more directly, and for a longer period of time.
The Dog Days and summer in general have always taken its toll on GBGC, but if one is to be fair and search ones memory of past summers here, you would have to come to the conclusion that we are better in the summer now since we converted fairways to Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda. However since our cool season rough encompasses more of the golf course then our new warm season fairways, we are still susceptible to summer heat and 2023 is no exception.
Collar Sod Replacement
GCM staff re-sodding walk-up collar on #3.
Completed collar replacement will be marked GUR for awhile as it roots down and establishes.
Recent Drainage Installation
Our recent fairway aeration and topdressing in late July exposed some fairway drainage work, that although we knew existed, we believed necessary to repair sooner rather then later. Therefore shortly after aeration we installed 100' of surface drainage in #15 in one location and almost 500' on three separate locations on #9. We still have more topdressing to do to smooth these areas out and will continue to do so until the areas blend with existing fairway turf.
GCM staff installing surface drainage on #9 FW.
Shortly after installation. The work is serving its purpose moving water off of a low areas in the fairway. Subsequent topdressing's and sod establishment will rapidly make tis go away at this time of the year as hybrid bermuda loves the heat.
Minks Getting Established
Great capture of a Mink swimming in #1 & #9 ponds.
Another great shot of a Hawk and a Lizard