Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October is the month for painted leaves.... As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight. ~Henry David Thoreau, "Autumnal Tints"

What can we say about 2020 so far that hasn't already been said?! We all know it's been a tough year that has affected basically everyone in one way or another on the planet. Even our little world here at Pueblo del Sol has been affected. Covid related issues, lack of a monsoon(haven't hit 8" for the year) and the continued high temperatures(low 90's) through October have been challenging to say the least. With all that said we have entered the fall season in pretty good condition.....even though we are not where we would like to be.  But considering all we had to endure , the limited staff here at GMS has really done a fantastic job.

Here are some other issues we have had the last couple of months........ 


Broken swing joint #13 green

Main line break in the desert behind #13 Tee

Pin hole in our main line in the concrete culvert #12

Station wire issue #2 fairway...... tree root ate our wire!

Broken valve #15 

Pin hole in the main line #16 tee

Friday, September 25, 2020


 It's been a long 3 weeks and thankfully we are on the last few days of completing our fall aerification. We have completed core aerification on greens, tees and collars and solid tine aerification on fairways, green surrounds and selected rough areas. We have also verticut tees, collars and approaches to help reduce thatch and promote lateral and vertical turf growth. 

Greens core aerification   #10 green
Greens core aerification   #8 green
Greens core aerification  #17 green

plug sweeper
#1 green after a brush
Adding soil amendments ....Gypsum and Potassium aiding in recovery
Solid tine aeration on fairways    #7 fairway
Solid tine aeration on fairways    #1 fairway
Verticutting #10 tee

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Divot Repair and Ball Marks at Pueblo del Sol


We are re-posting part of our blog entry from 2018 because of the noticeable increase in unfixed ball marks on our greens (during greens aerification) and divots in our fairways. 


Since the start of March we have been seeing a lot of unrepaired or improperly repaired divots in fairways.  I know many of you may be uncertain on how to properly repair a divot because different courses and Superintendents have different preferences on how to go about repairing a divot. Well, here at Pueblo del Sol we ask that you replace any solid turf. ANY TURF you can put back in the divot will speed up recovery- whether it be a pelt or chunks that are still holding together. Once the turf is put back all you need to do is add a little sand around the edges and pat it down with your foot. At this time of the year we tend to be on the dryer side and seed takes constant moisture to germinate and fill in, so any turf you can replace will help speed the healing process.

Improper divot repair- replace available turf

Proper divot repair- turf replaced- added a little divot mix

Improper divot repair- replace available turf

Proper divot repair- replaced turf- divot mix-leveled with foot

Just Truly frustrating......just put the turf back!!! 

Improper divot repair- too much sand-  damages our reel mowers and is a waste of mix

If the divot explodes into little pieces and there is nothing solid to replace, then you can fill the divot completely with divot mix that is provided on your golf cart. Always make sure you fill it just below the turf surface and then smooth it with your foot. Any overfilled divot is wasteful of seed and soil and is bad for our mowing equipment.

Ball Marks on Greens

As a general rule, a ball mark repaired within 10 minutes will heal with a smooth surface within two to three days. An unrepaired ball mark may take as long as three weeks to heal, but the result will be an uneven surface.  Beginner or pro, it is your responsibility as a golfer to fix your own marks. If you're truly a steward of the game, you'll fix any others you see while your partners are putting.  ( Source:  GCSAA)

Because of all the hard work and time we put into our greens, we have a lot of pride in our product so we try and fix as many ball marks as possible in the mornings as time permits. Having anywhere from 20-40 unfixed ball marks on 80% of the greens on a daily basis is quite disconcerting. So can we get a little help out there?!?!??   

Some interesting stats from Gary L. Tungate, Enviromental Care Inc. on an article titled-  "Repair divots and ball marks" for Golf Course Maintenance Magazine :

The average golfer leaves about 12 ball marks during a typical round of golf. With a daily average of 160 rounds on a typical golf course, your greens will suffer 1,920 ball marks each day and 58,400 ball marks per month--more than 700,000 ball marks each year! Further, consider that the average number of divots a typical golfer creates during a round of golf is 45. This equates to 7,200 divots a day or 2,628,000 divots each year!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Needle tine Greens........

With the above average temps that hit us early this month and with the high 90's coming by the end of the week, we wanted to get a needle tine aerification in on greens before the stress of the summer season begins. Needle tines will help "vent" the greens of the harmful build up of gases while increasing oxygen in the rootzone. It will also help help water penetrate some of our isolated dry spots and also help dry out overly saturated areas that are retaining water. It's a great process with minimal disturbance to play that we will be doing every 3-4 weeks.

Rolling..... two directions to help smooth the greens
 After the second roll
 First mow... the day after needle tine
Rolled and Mowed

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Red/Gold tee boxes #3

The last few weeks we have been adding fill to create a new red/gold tee boxes on #3. The tee box on #3 has a few issues but the main one is a limited usable tee space and lots of play. We are basically building a new tee in the area between the white tee box and the red/gold to have more space and teeing options.

View from the red tee box looking back at the white tees

Fill material added in the "void" area between the red tees and the white tees

Leveled.....Rolled 2 directions
Rolled again and capped with  2" of sand
Rolled again after a deep water 

Spot leveled......ready for seed
germination after 10 days
Some more germination......

Monday, April 20, 2020

"Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone." - Roy R. Gilson

Light top dress and brush of greens

We did a light topdressing of greens on Monday(a little over a month after aerification)to smooth the putting surface, aid in preventing grain, dilute organic matter, and just improve general turf health. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Precautions to help keep everyone safe

Over the last few weeks we have been trying to do our part to keep our members, the public and our staff as safe as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As we enter these uncharted waters, GMS @ Pueblo del Sol have taken steps these last few weeks to try and minimize exposure and still try and provide some normalcy during crazy circumstances. Ideas and info from our professionals at Golf Maintenance Solutions to other golf courses around the world and daily updates from our GCSAA community and the CDC-   are helping us continue to strive to give golfers the "touchlesss" golf experience to try and control the spread of this virus. 

Here at Pueblo del Sol we already have pulled the water jugs, removed all rakes from the bunkers and we also took all ballwashers off course.This weekend we will remove all the divot sand containers. Bag racks have also been removed from the driving range tee. We also found a great solution(credit goes to other courses that were already doing it)that keeps the integrity of sinking a putt but without having to reach your hand in the cup to retrieve your ball.

two sticks of a pool noodle cut to 3"

We have also issued new protocols for our golf course maintenance staff here at GMS. The crew is  sanitizing all touch points in the shop area daily, including door knobs, light switches, steering wheels, shift knobs, etc........ Even though we already have a small crew we are continuing the practice of social distancing, staggering crew start times, no meetings in lunch room, employees riding solo in carts and eating lunch in their cars.

Our picnic table in shop no longer used for eating & meetings but a sanitizing station.

We don't really know what the future holds for us going forward with this virus, in particular with some states requiring shut downs of BOTH golf and maintenance but we are going to continue doing our work and continue to adhere to our safety protocols we have in place so we can do our part to "flatten the curve" until we are told otherwise.....And hopefully in the not so distant future we can get back to some normalcy.

Stay healthy and take care of one another.