Soil conditions now course wide are quite saturated and currently cannot handle even small amounts of water quickly. Combine these water logged soils with daytime highs in the mid to upper 80's and heat indexes approaching 100 degrees, and it does not take long to create soil temperatures above 85 degrees. These conditions create prime environments for disease and turf struggles, as roots begin to die off and they do not come back until soil temperatures consistently stay below 80. Roots and turf that do not die off are quite easily susceptible to fungal diseases.
|Canopy temperature on 2 green, one day after a 4.5" rain event. This is not good!|
|Pythium effects, 8 green|
|Pythium effects, 3 green|
Many of the collar edges and higher trafficked areas around the greens have also succumbed to the extreme stresses and traffic that the last 6 weeks have brought. Populations of our old friend Poa trivialis (roughstalk bluegrass) that have emerged in the approaches have gone dormant from this weather. Again, I am seeing new plant tissue emerging from these areas, so recovery is ongoing.
|Rough bluegrass, April 30th on 11 approach|
|Same patch 8/12/16|
While I am not satisfied by any stretch with these current issues and conditions, the overall health of the golf course is good. We will continue to be diligent with our maintenance practices to aid recovery and utilize all means available to return normal playing conditions as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the topics I mentioned above with me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at my office. I am more than happy to discuss and explain what is happening on the course with you.