Full cycle daily irrigation is upon us; as is the presence of hoses taking care of business on our fine turf areas. Hand watering will always be a necessary practice in an attempt to keep uniformity during these stressful drought periods on the turf.
I will say (while knocking on every piece of wood in the near vicinity), that our irrigation system is performing spectacularly. Any issues we have had have been self induced, and programs run when we ask them, as is the pump station. I would hate to think where we would be if this was not the case......
In the past month, many of our filled in bunkers were sodded and now in play. There are still about 10 bunkers that have been partially filled in, which require either fill or sod. We will be tackling these as we can allocate resources to them, but in the meantime please treat these as ground under repair.
If you have not been following the US Open coverage this week, check it out. I have been retweeting interesting perspectives and challenges that are currently being faced in Wisconsin. There has been a fascinating storyline developing about the fescue, and the challenges that they have faced. Many of these challenges are shared between Erin Hills and ourselves, including the challenge of dealing with thick fescue in areas which experience irrigation overspray. The only difference is, Sawmill Creek does not have 400 volunteers on the turf crew this week to address thick fescue......
The bunkers continue to hold up well, and we have seen a marked improvement in member care; thank you. We have pulled back a little bit on maintenance for the time being in an effort to accomplish projects (ie. mulch, sod jobs, etc)., so it has become even more imperative for you to follow through on your duty to rake a bunker prior to walking away. There will be a short video released at some point, detailing the manner in which we will ask you to enter, exit and rake a bunker.
|Beautiful fescue on #4|
Thanks for reading,