Course “Clippings”
July, 2019 

      Well, it took the heat a while to finally reach us this year, but it has definitely set in the last few weeks. Thankfully, Mother Nature was good to us during the month of June providing frequent rain to help keep the Golf Course healthy and growing.
     Right now our long range forecast predicts that July should exhibit a similar weather pattern as far as rainfall. Keep your fingers crossed that we’ll continue to enjoy the benefits of regular rain this summer season!
     Even with the rain we have begun to irrigate more frequently due to low humidity and wind. For this reason you may have seen us hand watering greens, a practice known in the golf industry as “syringing”. Though it’s a more common summertime practice for Bent grass greens, hand watering also provides excellent benefits for Bermuda grass greens like ours, and actually allows us to address individual greens’ water needs while reducing overall water use. This is accomplished by applying water directly to the areas that need it the most without saturating low areas of the green that hold water.
     Over the past two weeks we have continued to work on filling in the remaining bare areas of the greens, and have finished planting new sod on 2, 3, 7, 11, 12, 14 and 15. Many thanks to our Grounds Chairman, RC Brown, who made the trek to Cleveland, Texas to pick up three pallets of TifEagle Bermuda sod for us to complete this project.
     While we’ve been fixing our coverage issues on the greens, we’ve also been spraying the course for summertime weeds. Please be aware the herbicide that has been applied may discolor the Bermuda grass for a couple of days, however it will bounce right back. The main weeds we treat in the summer are Goosegrass, Dallasgrass and Crabgrass.
     Finally, please remember to drink lots of water when you’re out on the course this time of year. It’s very easy to become dehydrated quickly, and the potential for suffering a heat stroke is always present. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time playing golf throughout the summer!

 

Brian McMinn, GCSAA
Superintendent
Georgetown Country Club