The Cottonwood trees have produced a lot of cotton this year. Cottonwoods are either female or male. The females are the only ones to produce cotton. Above are a couple pictures showing the amount of cotton dropped after one day.
We are continuing to monitor the level of #8 pond. As mentioned in a previous blog we need to pump the water down in order to replace the irrigation intake screens. The Cove Creek which flows through YCC arrived last week. Cove Creek is our main water source for irrigation.
The secondary source is the High Ditch, located half a mile south of YCC. The High Ditch water arrived last week, unfortunately a pipe froze at the pump station on 62nd street over the winter. We are in the process of replacing the pipe.
May was a busy month of training new employees on the golf course. We will be fully staffed soon.
The Rounds 4 Research program was designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. The program is administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Rounds 4 Research allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fundraising partners with the vast majority of proceeds going back to those organizations. In this way, these organizations can direct the proceeds to specific projects that will have the most significant impact in their local areas.
Another spring aerification in the books! We used a 7/16″ solid tine penetrating 9″ deep on 2″ spacing. After the greens are aerified we topdress with sand, drag it in, roll and cut a new cup. Although this process is a burden for golfers its necessary for good healthy greens. Within a couple weeks you won’t be able to tell they were aerified.
This week we used a vibratory plow, commonly used to pull new irrigation pipe in for home lawns, to cut through tree roots around some greens, tees, fairways, and sand bunkers. Unfortunately the tree roots that are growing in the greens, tees, and fairways are stealing water and nutrients from the turf. This has created unfavorable turf conditions in these areas.
Last winter is proof why we use fungicides on the golf course. The tees, greens, and fairways treated for snow mold disease in the fall turned out great this spring. Straw color circles in the rough, which were not treated, are results of the disease. Due to the long period of snow cover you probably saw snow mold in your lawn as well. The pictures below show the matted white mycelium and the black spores. A drag harrow was used to disrupt the matted turf to allow air into the turf canopy.
Greens have been rolled a handful of times and mowed. The winter cups have been removed.
Fairways being mowed for the first time.
Reclaiming tee box surface. It’s amazing how the size and shape of the tee boxes can change over one season due to the mowing operator.
Truck and pup of bunker sand being delivered.
Leveling driving range tee and filling divots.
The irrigation system has been filled. Last fall we had an issue with the sustain pump, after investigating we found a plastic bag had been sucked up in the pump. After further investigation we found that the screens in the pond had deteriorated and were not filtering properly. New screens will be installed once the lake level is down.
Bathrooms on the course are now open. Please notify the Pro Shop 656-1706 if you find anything wrong with the bathrooms.
The second half of the maintenance service road has been resurfaced. The road was widened across the bridge from ladies 8 tee box allowing larger vehicles to turn without leaving the road. The bridge railings will be added soon.
The weather didn’t cooperate for the Roundup tournament. Friday night there was a microburst of wind that went down the left side of #14 and across the dip of #16. We lost some large tree branches and two trees left of 14 green.
Applying aerosol mosquito repellent and sunscreen is a great idea for golfer this time of year. However, you can see exactly where this person stood when applying the repellent or sunscreen and the significant damage it caused to the turf. The best location to apply these types of products without damaging turf is while standing on the cart path. Thank You.
The second half of the asphalt maintenance road will be resurfaced soon. To prepare for the road, the bridge on #8 has been resurfaced first to allow for proper drainage.
The Cove Irrigation Ditch has finally arrived. Cove Ditch comes out of the Yellowstone River between Columbus and Park City. The Cove runs through the golf course and is our primary source for irrigation water. Our two storage ponds are full and we are breathing a sigh of relief knowing we won’t have to buy city water this year. The past few years we were forced to purchase city water until the irrigation water arrived. Click on the map above to see how all the ditches run through town.
We were able to locate the leak in the High Ditch pipe as mentioned in a previous blog. The pipe has been repaired and we are able to pump from our secondary source of irrigation water.
The bathrooms are back open on the front 9. The city water line going into the bathroom started leaking left of # 8 blue tee box. The water line comes from the South end of Ben Hogan Lane, under the ditch behind 7 green and under 8 blue tee. There have been a handful of repairs made to this plastic pipe over the last 10 years.