Monday, November 6, 2017
The GMS team would like to welcome Clay and his family to Sierra Vista . Originally from Colorado, Clay has gained a ton of knowledge and experience with an internship at Augusta National as well as an Assistant at some top golf clubs in Colorado and Wyoming. Clay has spent the last three years as Superintendent at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are all excited for the future here at Pueblo del Sol !
Here at PDS we will be adding a light frequent topdressing program into our maintenance schedule. This will be coupled with a light groom/verticut to create channels for the sand to move into the canopy of the turf and off the surface to replace the organic matter that was removed after the verticut. Dragging the sand in after a topdress will also be used to get the sand down. Another benefit to grooming and dragging is to get the leaf blade standing more upright for a cleaner cut which in turn will create a smoother, truer putting surfaced and increased speeds. Another important cultural practice we will employ will be to needle tine the greens to help with compaction, drainage and to create air and oxygen exchange pockets for overall soil health. We will try to stick to a 14-28 day light topdressing throughout the growing season and during the hotter months we may go to a very light dusting that will just require a watering cycle to work it down to minimize any extra traffic and wear and tear on the greens when they are already stressed from the heat. Not topdressing enough will create layers in the soil profile that you can actually see and that is the worst thing you can do. This type of program will result in smooth, firm and uniform putting surface resulting in increased ball roll distance. Outlined below are some more benefits to light frequent topdressing:
· Thatch management: Like I have mentioned above, the sand is used to dilute and replace the organic matter that builds up at surface, without verticutting and topdressing the green will be come soft and spongy and encourage mower scalping and localized dry spot.
· Smooth and firm the surface: Sand is used to replace the voids which exits in the turf canopy to produce a firm and smooth putting surface. This encourages an upright growth habit as well.
· Protect the crown of the plant: The sand gives the crown of the plant a cushion from the impact of the ball and protects it from the elements to maintain turf health and quality. Also allows us to maintain a lower mowing height.
· Improve root zone and drainage: Overtime the buildup from sand topdressing will improve soil physical properties. Since sand drains better than a native soil it will help keep the water moving through the profile creating a firmer surface. Sand also resists compaction as well, which is very important with all the traffic that a putting green receives.
All of these benefits combined will make for a much healthier turf stand as well as a quality putting surface and a much better golfing experience.
Friday, October 13, 2017
"Happily we bask in this warm September sun, Which illuminates all creatures..." - Henry David Thoreau
A LOOK BACK AT FALL AERIFICATION (Sept. 5 - Sept. 21)
We started the first two weeks in September with solid tine aerification of Fairways with the Wiedenmann Terra Spike. We used a 1"(diameter) X 9"(long) tine and depending on the fairway, we went between 4"- 6" deep.
Aerifying #13 fwy
Aerifying #1 fwy
During the two weeks of fairway aerification we also began punching tees. We used the Toro Pro-core with 1/2" (diameter) tines and went at a depth of 3 ". After clean up we sanded and seeded as needed.
Picking up plugs on Tees
aerified tee after clean up
After finishing the fairways and tees we jumped right into aerifying greens. We used 1/2"(diameter)carbide tip tines at a depth of 3 1/2". After picking up plugs by hand and a final clean up with a blower we top dressed the greens with USGA sand, using almost 80 tons for all 18 plus the practice greens. We then started brushing and rolling the greens for the next 7 days. Finally the first mow @ .120 , 8 days post aerification. We would like to thank our GMS crew for a job well done !
Double rolled and Brushed- 2 days post aerification
First mow #7 green @ .120"- 8 days post aerificationirst mow #10 green @ .120" 8 days post aerification
First mow #5 green @ .110 21 days post aerification
Monday, July 17, 2017
The monsoon season is always a great time for us to get out with the Wiedenman Terra Spike aerifier and work some of our localized dry spots(LDS) in our fairways.
LDS are defined as irregular areas of turfgrass that start to show signs of drought stress for no apparent reason. Typically, for us, the problem lies in compacted, hydrophobic soil in the heat of the summer as being the main reason.Though we have had irrigation issues, thatch, disease and soil salinity as contributing factors in the past.
Aerified LDS spots 2 directions #2Fairway
We will continue to work these LDS areas with the Wiedenmann terra spike to increase oxygen levels in the root zone and allow better water penetration.
We will also continue to spot spray these areas with a wetting agents(a surfactant that bonds with water and the organic coating on sand particles, allowing the soil to become wet) and continue our preventative disease spray program throughout the rest of summer. When the temps start to lower towards the end of summer we will re-visit the areas that we lost turf in and core aerify, seed and topdress.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The 33rd annual Sierra Vista Open @ Pueblo del Sol Country Club
First off we would like to thank the Huachucans for another great job at hosting the Sierra Vista Open this past weekend here at Pueblo del Sol. We would also like to thank the Sponsors, those who attended the charity dinner and all the participants in the tournament that help the Huachucans continue their efforts to help and support local youth organizations here in Cochise County. A special thanks to Pueblo del Sol's general manager Jeff Sims and his staff for their support and assistance. We also wanted to recognize the GMS crew for all the hard work put into the course so far this year, another awesome job getting the course in tournament condition. Thanks to our supreme leader Bill Nauroth for taking time out of his busy schedule and coming down to help out during the week. And finally Congrats to the winner of the SV Open and current member of the U of A golf team- Briggs Duce .....Bear Down!
A few pics from the weekend......
Saturday, May 13, 2017
"Among the changing months, May stands confest The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed." - James Thomson, On May
New Tee Markers
If you haven't noticed yet we removed the old rock tee markers last week that have been around for 7+ years and went with a clean, easy to paint marker.......with an added touch to the ladies red tees.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Another successful Spring aerification of Fairways, Tees and Greens is in the books
Completion of the greens was March 23 and the entire course was open for play March 24th.
A condensed look at this long process through photos.........
Breaking up cores with drag mat
Blowing off debris
#4 Fairway after a drag and blow
#10 Tee aerified
#4 tee after clean up
Greens: 5/8"(diameter) tine x 3" (depth) @ 1.5" spacing
Picking up plugs by hand
Filling holes with the greens-groomer brush
One day after aerifying....second brushing