Friday, June 22, 2018

The time to attack our LDS areas

LDS( Localized Dry Spot) is a condition that occurs when isolated pockets of soil become water repellant. With our varied soils here at PDS(From heavy clay to sand), patches of wilting turf from as small as a dinner plate to much larger dimensions will be located immediately next to healthy turf. After probing the soil in these areas, the soil in the wilted area will be powder dry and the soil supporting the healthy turf will be at normal moisture levels. These LDS areas are very difficult to re-wet even with repeated over-head watering or hand-watering. A few of the ways we try and combat LDS areas:

1) Make sure irrigation system is working properly(i.e. sprinkler functions correctly/times are correct in program)

2) Open these areas up with the Wiedenmann Terra spike( helps to facilitate water penetration and relieve compaction)

3)Spray wetting agents(Wetting agents have proved to be an effective means of reducing the severity of localized dry spots)

when isolated pockets of soil e. sprinkler functions 

We aerified LDS areas on tees using 8"(L) x 1"(W) solid tines at a depth of 5". We seeded with bentgrass seed, topdressed and fertilized. We followed up the next day spraying a wetting agent and with some timely rainfall a day later.....

Wiedenmann Terra Spike #3 Tee.........BEFORE

#3 Tee 10 days later.......AFTER
Wiedenmann Terra Spike #11 Tee.......BEFORE
#11 Tee 13 days later..........AFTER

We also have begun hitting our numerous LDS areas in fairways.  We are using the Wiedenmann Terra Spike with solid 8" x 1" tines at a depth of 4-6". The bad areas were we have lost turf are being done two directions and seeded, sanded and fertilized.

 Wiedenmann Terra Spike #2 fwy
Wiedenmann Terra Spike #1 Fwy
Wiedenmann Terra Spike #7 Fwy
 Wiedenmann Terra Spike #10 fwy

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 SIerra Vista Open

Once again the staff of GMS @ Pueblo del Sol were extremely happy to host the 34th annual Sierra Vista Open Golf Tournament. We would like to thank the Huachucans for another successful running of the SV Open and applaud their dedication to raising money for youth organizations around Cochise County for the last 30+ years.  Special thanks to Jeff Sims and his team at the clubhouse for all their help and continued unwavering support. To our hardworking GMS crew:  thanks for the quality of work on a daily basis and another awesome job at getting the course in shape for the Open. And finally,  CONGRATS  to the Back 2 Back winner in the Championship Flight, Duce Briggs....Bear Down !!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Light topdressing of greens

In keeping with our plan to improve on our already good putting surfaces we have just completed our monthly light topdressing of the greens. This light "dusting" will improve putting green smoothness, increases firmness, help dilute thatch and aid in turf recovery. We will continue to monitor the weather conditions each month to figure out the best timing of our topdressing applications.

 A light topdress and a quick brush......
after the brush direction
 a little H2O and a roll the following day.....

ready to go with minimal disruption to play

Monday, April 30, 2018

The GMS maintenance staff here at Pueblo del Sol would like to thank Clay Mckinley for his work and knowledge the last six months. Unfortunately for us an opportunity at another course came up near family and friends that Clay just couldn't pass up. We grudgingly understand(hehe :) and only wish the best to a first rate superintendent and his family. Best of Luck Clay !

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." - Rogers Hornsby

Spring Aerification

A look back at the completion of our full course aerification process (March 5-26th)

A man and his machine: Super Dave and the Toro pro-core
Super Dave aerifying #7 green
The crew working hard picking up plugs
Top-dressing greens.....around 85 tons used on greens
Donnie brushing greens as the "Super" is found lurking
Phily using his new brush attachment on the vibratory roller
Brushing and vibrating sand into holes 
A beautiful morning to punch some holes with the Wiedenmann Terra Spike!
Early start punching fairways.....
The Wiedenmann Terra Spike working hard on #13 fairway
Super Dave aerifying #10 Tee
 Rough aerification #1
Rough aerification #15
#2 green .....Rolled and brushed ...4 days post greens aerification
First mow at .115  ....20 days post greens aerification
Mower height dropped to .110  .....35 days post aerification

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Winter projects progress

As I had mentioned towards the end of last year, we have been working on a few things around the course while the turf was in a dormant state. Here is a little update on what we were able to accomplish during that time with a winter "skeleton" crew.

The trees along the left side of hole two have all been limbed up to allow the irrigation to get to the turf. You should see turf improvements all along that area this season. We have also been around to various holes around the golf courses cleaning out deadwood (#2, #4) and cleaning out desert mistletoe throughout the entire golf course. Desert mistletoe is the dense cluster of brittle, leafless jointed green stems that you will see most commonly in the mesquite trees. If mistletoe is ignored it will spread from branch to branch and eventually to the neighboring tree. It is a slow parasite but would eventually kill the tree.

Limbing up trees along #2 cartpath   

We were able to get a few sumps done to drain water off the cart paths. We started off tackling the bad ones first; 9, 11 and one leading to the maintenance shop. We still need to get out to holes 7, 12 and 15 to get these knocked out before summer.

    #9  tee sump
The crew removing sod for the sump on #11 cartpath
       #11 sump
      #11 sump
    Shop Sump
    Shop sump
  Finished shop sump

We have been trying to get the bunkers back into better shape as far as playability and aesthetics go. The back 9 bunkers have been edged out and cleaned. A lot of the bunkers had lost their lip on the low side and have had a lot of bermuda grass contamination. Along with cleaning the edges, we have been checking depths of the sand, moving sand and adding sand where needed. We are shooting for 1.5-2” inches on the face of the bunkers  to prevent any “fried egg” lies and 4-5” on the bottoms to give the player a little fluff the splash their shot out. We are continuing on the front 9 as we are about halfway through there.

 #12 bunker new edge- added sand
#10 bunker new edge
 #8 bunker new edge...added sand

As always, Philly, our mechanic, has been very busy in and around the shop cleaning, organizing and preparing the equipment for another long season.

Clay McKinley
PDSCC Golf Course Superintendent