Thursday, July 13, 2023

Around the grounds...... June & July

We are now entering the truly challenging part of our year....... the "Dog Days" of summer have begun. Everyday is the same out here, 90+ degree days, 70+ degree nights.....with afternoon winds. Needless to say it's a tough time for our cool season turf. Our heavy poa(annual bluegrass) areas in fairways have already taken a hit due to the extended period of high heat. The poa starts to stress as temps rise above 90 deg. The root growth stops thus making it hard for the plant to absorb water and nutrients. Basically it's the time when energy consumption (respiration) exceeds energy production (photosynthesis). So at the moment we are hanging on and waiting for some relief(hopefully soon )..........from the ๐Ÿ’งrain ๐Ÿ’งGods. 

Rain Measurements so far:       Jan - March :  1.78"
                                                                          April- July :      .9"   

stressed poa area #15 fairway
another stressed heavy poa area #18 fairway with a bit of pythium(a turf fungus that has already been sprayed)

This is what cart traffic does to stressed turf.......

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
-  Russel Baker

JULY means it's time for some needle tine aerification on greens

We will start doing a needle tine on greens this week and finishing up early next week. It takes about 30 minutes to vent an average sized green , and with the first few groups playing "polo" golf, we just can't finish in one day. We will try to do 6/7 holes on each day(Thurs/Tues/Wed). We will follow up each needle tined green with a roll that will smooth the very minimal disruption of the turf. When we vent the greens via the needle tine process we are: 


  • allowing oxygen into the root zone and releasing carbon dioxide build up
  • improve water penetration , more available to the roots
  • creating "channels" below the surface which can allow roots to become healthier and fill these small areas.
  • an overall improvement in the environment that helps all the good microbes in the green profile 

   Improving stress tolerance and water movement are crucial to the survival of the greens in summer.

Dave doing the needle tine
barely a disturbance with a tine diameter of .320 going 4" deep
Rolling green after punch
Green after the needle tine and roll

Full moon early July morning......
Super moon morning August 1

Full prune/edge/cleanup on all lake edges

We have nearly completed our lake edge cleanup this month

Pedro is the man behind the mask on the lakes

wispy clouds on another windy afternoon......

No better moment ...... Sunrise at the course !

And to whomever has been practicing on #9 fairway the last few weeks and creating all those divots and not fixing them(e.g., sand mix/replace the  divots)......... find a new sport/hobby AND a different venue. No golf course wants or needs that kind of patronage.  ๐Ÿ˜ 

A friendly reminder to all......

I drifted into a summer-nap
under the hot shade of July
serenaded by a cicadae lullaby
to drowsy-warm dreams
of distant thunder...
~Terri Guillemets, "Summer-nap," 2011

Monday, July 3, 2023

The GMS staff would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!  Let us remember the heroes who advocated the freedom we all enjoy today. Stay safe out there !

“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” – John Adams

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Looking back at the Sierra Vista Open......and some other stuff

Sierra Vista Open 2023

I just wanted to start by thanking the GMS crew for the awesome job prepping the course for the Open, not enough credit goes to these guys. We also wanted to thank the Huachucans for hosting this 38th edition of the Open and for all they do for the children of Southern Arizona. A special shout out to Brian Deibert and John Gusky. Last but not least, I wanted to thank our "Jefe" Bill Nauroth for coming down and helping out this week. Much appreciated Bill ! 

Just a few pics from the Sierra Vista Open


Just so everybody knows.......We DO NOT allow people to fish in our ponds.

What we tell the homeowners around the course when asked is to just call the police when you see anybody fishing in our ponds, after all this golf course is private property. On numerous occasions we have found dead wildlife around the ponds, (e.g., dead bird of prey found last week trapped in a ton of cut fishing line & numerous fish caught and left on the banks to die).

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."             -    Rabindranath Tagore

Also in the last two weeks we have seen a huge increase in ball marks on the greens and unfixed divots in the fairways and tees. A little help out there please!  A kind reminder for all:



The sun peeking through.......

Friday, May 26, 2023

Memorial Day

The GMS staff here at PDS wanted to wish everyone a safe Memorial Day Weekend. We honor the fallen soldiers that have fought to protect our freedom. 

  • "Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." — Emily Dickinson

"Memorial Day: celebrate, honor, remember." –Unknown