Monday, August 30, 2021

"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." - Hal Borland

 August around the grounds.......In photos



Relocation of clubhouse shed







Beautiful Early morning.....cutting cups via flash light







Awesome picture of our buddy on #2 pond......picture contribution from our jefe Bill Nauroth 







“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
---Dalai Lama


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Driving Range Tee

We had to go in and trench a drainage line through part of the driving range tee this week. The area in question had severely impermeable soil due to the high clay content which prevents percolation of excess water through the soil layers. The result was standing water lasting for days that eventually killed the turf. Unfortunately the high clay content seems to be prevalent throughout the tee and we might continue to have some standing water issues in other areas on the tee but hopefully not to the extent we had before the drain line.


Cutting out any usable sod on the trench line

Digging the drainage line.....
Looking like a "City" job at the moment .......
Checking depth
Drainage pipe in and gravel going down.......

Drain line trench filled and level for now.... 

We expect some settling and will continue to sand/level over the next few weeks


We aerified the entire tee top, seeded, top dressed and fertilized




Monday, August 2, 2021

Turf , cart traffic issues & restrictions

 

I just wanted to address the complaints over the last few weeks about carts being restricted to "cart path only" during the monsoon season here in the high desert. 


We have recorded nearly 8 " of rain this month after a long drought and so on some of those days we have had to restrict carts to cart paths to avoid saturated turf being damaged. Sometimes we are able to "modify" our cart restriction to the holes that are located in the natural wash area that tend to remain saturated for days after a heavy rain event (e.g., holes 7,10,18).  We understand the consternation of the golfer about this restriction, and we understand the condition of our 25+ year cart paths help in that grief, but the long term health of the turf is most important in the end.


Here at PDS our mix of sand and heavy clay soils are more acceptable to heavy rain early in the monsoon period but tend to become over saturated and stay that way as the season progresses, due to poor drainage, amount and frequency of the rain event. With that being said, a small rain event in mid to late July can still lead to cart path restriction depending on where we are at in turf saturation. 


Complaints directed about cart restrictions to clubhouse staff, pro shop and GMS crew members will not change the facts of the situation or generally change the outcome. We try and let Brian(and/or clubhouse) know whats going on with the course on a daily basis during events and weigh their input accordingly. If you do have something to say, or a complaint, we are available and always happy to explain our reasoning behind our actions.

We found two great articles from the USGA that explains a bit more about these issues :


Restricting Golf Carts To Paths October 2012 , USGA


In recent years, our superintendent has restricted carts to paths following heavy rainfall. This year, we are in a drought and, again, we have been occasionally restricted to cart paths. Is there a reason why (or when) we are restricted to cart paths?

One of the most difficult decisions superintendents must make throughout the golf season is whether to allow cart traffic or restrict them to paths. No golfer is happy with cart restrictions, but decisions on cart traffic are always made with the best long-term interest of the turf, golf facility and, ultimately, the golfer, in mind. There are multiple reasons why cart traffic, even just a few carts, can cause damage to turf areas that could require considerable time and expense to fix. Some damage is immediately evident, e.g., soil rutting, whereas other traffic damage reveals itself after the fact, e.g., frost, while other effects are cumulative and lead to gradual turf decline, e.g., soil compaction. The following is a brief list of common instances when cart traffic restrictions are warranted: 

              • Following heavy rain or during prolonged periods of wet weather when soils are                         saturated, soft and most prone to compaction. 
              • During extreme heat or drought stress when turf is easily damaged by traffic. 
              • Whenever frost is present because ice crystals, under the pressure of traffic, can                         puncture live plant tissue that will result in, at the very least, temporary  discoloration of leaves or, at worst, plant death. 
              • Fungal disease pressure is high because some diseases can be spread quickly  across the golf course through tire traffic. 
              • Any other time when turf is under extreme stress or in the process of recovery,   whether it is from environmental pressure, mechanical injury or pest damage.


These are just a few examples, all of which result in noticeable damage to the golf course. The road to recovery for damaged turf is rarely pretty so if it can be avoided by simply exercising a  little caution to temporarily restrict cart traffic, it makes sense to do so. In fact, this is the reason for cart paths in the first place, so it is wise to use them whenever the turf or soil is most vulnerable to damage. Trust the professional expertise of your superintendent and knowledgeable course officials. They are responsible for providing the best quality turf and playing conditions possible, not just today but tomorrow as well.


Golf Carts: Five things every golfer should know

May 9, 2018  Liberty Corner, N.J.     By George Waters, USGA

Golf carts play an important role at many golf facilities. They provide a revenue source and increase accessibility, allowing golfers who might not otherwise be able to walk the course to enjoy playing. These benefits are not without their costs, however. Golf carts can have very negative impacts on turf health and playing conditions, especially in areas where traffic is concentrated. Keeping these five things in mind will help ensure that you don’t put the cart before the course during your next round.

1. The impact of cart traffic varies.

Many factors influence how cart traffic affects a golf course. Certain grasses are more vulnerable to traffic injury and may require special cart policies. Areas with heavy soils and poor drainage face a greater risk of compaction and other traffic issues. Even the time of year plays a role. When grasses are growing slowly, they are more vulnerable to the cumulative effects of cart traffic. For all these reasons, cart policies vary from course to course, hole to hole and even day to day.

2. Wet conditions and cart traffic do not mix.

Carts can slide, skid and sink when turf is wet, causing immediate and lasting damage. Wet soils are also more vulnerable to compaction, which can have negative long-term effects on playing conditions, even if those impacts are not immediately visible. Avoiding wet areas and respecting cart path restrictions is an important part of being a responsible cart driver.

Driving a golf cart through a wet area causes serious damage. By respecting cart restrictions and avoiding wet areas, golfers help care for the course.

3. Cart traffic during hot, dry weather can also cause problems.

It’s easy to understand that driving a cart through a soaking wet area is likely to cause problems, but many golfers are not aware that driving over dry or heat-stressed turf can also cause issues. During hot and dry weather, cart traffic increases stress on the grass and can leave behind damaged turf and straw-colored tire marks that may take weeks to heal.

 

Look Familiar?!?!?! We have had many areas like this during the drought. Cart traffic during hot and dry weather can also cause turf damage. The tire marks that appear on dry or heat-stressed turf can take weeks to heal.

4. Sometimes it’s better to take the road less traveled.

A single golf cart driving down a fairway has little to no effect on turf health or playing conditions. It is the cumulative effect of many carts that eventually takes a toll on the grass. This is why cart damage is most obvious in areas where traffic is concentrated, like the ends of cart paths. Doing your best to steer clear of high-traffic areas can greatly reduce the impact of your cart.

5. Less cart traffic means better playing conditions.

Walking or sharing a cart goes a long way toward reducing cart traffic and improving turf health. This helps courses conserve resources and provide better playing conditions for everyone.


Golf facilities use ropes, stakes, signs and many other traffic control measures to minimize the negative impacts of cart use; but ultimately, they depend on golfers to be mindful of where and how they drive. Respecting course rules, being understanding of cart restrictions and doing our best to reduce cart traffic can have a very positive impact on the courses we play. Visit the Course Care section of USGA.org to learn more. 

 

Friday, July 9, 2021

July around the grounds.........

Finally............ Rain In Southern Az   !   


With the much needed moisture ( 2.65" measured on the course in a 3 day span) comes some issues that we will be working on this week (We are not complaing by the way! ). 
2" of that rain total fell in about an hour and caused a lot of clean up work with silt and sand that we will be removing on fairways and cart paths . With the heavy rain, the heat and intermittent high humidity we will also be fighting the fungus battle on turf. We will keep the focus on greens, tees and fairways in keeping with what we have available in our budget. Another thing the wet conditions caused is a break in our mowing routines, especially on fairways. The saturation and mud kept us from mowing them for a couple of days so we will be playing catch up this week. 




Driving Range Tee



Driving Range is on Grass......and on LEVEL ground !!! AND with target green flags! We are not at the turf density that we would like after going through bad lot of rye seed but we will get there. Our team here at GMS would like to give a special thanks shout out to Mr. Tom Gibb for making the tee project a priority  !

We will be ordering a variation of this sign to be placed on the driving range tee with the hope that golfers will abide by.


Our new signs on the driving range tee.......


*******COURSE REMINDERS*******



BUNKER RAKES

The rakes have been on the course for a week now........but you couldn't tell from the pictures this week 😒



A little help out there please ! 


RAKE POSITION

Here at Pueblo del Sol , with normal every day play, we ask that you place rakes INSIDE bunkers about a foot off the edge. Try and keep from putting them on steep slopes.



BALLMARKS

These last few weeks we have seen an increase in unfixed ball marks on greens. Each morning we will have 10-20 on each green. 

Please Remember:


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!








It appears somebody poured something in the middle of #4 green a few weeks back.....we will keep an eye on this spot and transplant it to the edge if needed. 

Also..... somebody took a divot(looks like from a wedge) on #16 green. With the amount of time, effort and money we put into our greens these kind of things just infuriate staff

Found a giant friend on the driving range.... looks like a Asiatic rhinoceros female beetle to me(sans horn).

Another friend found in the rough.....picture taken by our Donnie Hancock.






“If you tend to a flower, it will bloom, no matter how many weeds surround it.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Heading into July.......

 



As our drought conditions continue here in Arizona, (Experts are saying that the time period from April 2020 to March of 2021 was the driest in the last 126 years in AZ), our cool season turf is definitely starting to show the pain of extended high temperatures, heavy cart traffic and the general lack of full hydration. Currently we are at 1.15" of rain for the year, with the last measurable amount coming in March and that was a measly .1 ".   This is the lowest total of rainfall in the first 6 months of a year since 2014 when we only had .9" through June..............funny thing about that very dry start to  2014 was that we ended up getting 25 inches of rain from July through December! Crazy!  So maybe we can get a little help from Mother Nature to send a portion of that rain our way because we are in desperate need.



As you might have noticed on the course that Pueblo del Sol has relaxed some of our(GMS) covid restrictions that we have had in place since March of 2020. The pool noodles are no longer at the bottom of the flag sticks and bunker rakes are now in bunkers. When the driving range tee opens, bag racks will also be put back out on the tee. 



The GMS team would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding during these different and somewhat difficult times and we want to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day weekend ! 








We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.

________CARL ROGERS