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
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
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.
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.
After 3 weeks of fun we are finally finished with Green, Tee and Fairway aerification. We also verticut the approaches. The GMS crew did an outstanding job as usual, but getting greens done in two days with a smaller crew than usual but with the same high quality was pretty awesome. Getting it done before the rains hit was an added bonus. We would like to thank our "jefe grande" Bill Nauroth for coming down and helping us out during the greens portion of aerification.
Aerification #11 Fwy 1"x 9" Side Eject Tines at a depth of 4"-6"
Aerification #4 Fwy
#12 Fwy after punch
#17 Fwy.....Blowing off debris
#4 Fwy after drag and blow
#17 Fwy Aerified, Verticut 2 directions, and blown
#4 Fwy finished....Aerified, Dragged and blown off.
#11 Tee Saved time by using the Wiedenmann
#1 Green 5/8" x 6.5" side eject tine at a 4" depth and a 1.5" x 1.5" spacing grid
#8 Green Back-back blowers getting plugs off collars
#8 Green........Our "jefe grande" Bill Sweeping plugs
#8 Green........ Sweeping Plugs
#7 Green..... Already top-dressed and now getting gypsum and 0-0-50 to help in recovery
#13 Green ..... Filling holes with the drag brush
#13 Green....using a vibratory roller & brush to help fill holes
#17 Green..... 4 days post aerification after a light brush
#14 Green....5 days post aerification after .55" rain
#7 Green.....6 days post aerification
#1 Green.... First mow @ .120 7 days post aerification
#8 Green..... First mow @ .120 7 days post aerification