Maintenance Blog May 2020
I can’t say that I have ever been in a situation, in the golf industry, where at one point only a few weeks ago, I truly had no idea if the golf season was a go or not. The covid reality we are living in, has certainly changed the way we do things, in almost every aspect of our lives, and change is something we all have to embrace if we want to get back to some level of normal. That being said, there are changes to the way the game has to be played, and without any notice this can change for the better, or for the worse, depending on the guidelines that the government expects us to follow. My message to everyone is to be smart, and be safe!!!!
Due to the covid virus, things have changed in the way the maintenance department operates each day. We are constantly disinfecting and sanitizing equipment, while always trying to avoid contamination, and social distancing has become the norm for each day. Staff may not move from one piece of equipment to the other without sanitizing, and disinfecting. We are doing our part, so please do yours!!!
On a positive note, the course has overwintered better than it has in years. We do have damaged greens, but there are no total right-offs as seen in past seasons. A small portion of the damage we received was from ice, and this will take longer to recover, but we also have a lot of tissue damage, that has already started to come back on its own. Often the turf we are losing is an inferior native grass called Poa annua, which gives us an opportunity to over-seed different varieties of a superior grass called bent-grass, which winters far better. We are going to be temping, and tarping the thinnest greens for the first part of May, and these greens have been pushed hard already. The biggest issue we have to date is the cold and dry weather, that has stunted most of our recovery efforts. Just need some heat and a good warm rain, and conditions will change rapidly. Fairways and tees have made it through the winter quite well also, and will bounce back as the weather changes.
Opening day is not that far off, and all we need is a little cooperation from mother nature. It is always our goal to put together the best playing surface we can for you fine folks, with the focus on having the best greens that we can provide. As we move forward in May, I will give you a more detailed report on how things are going, and hopefully some more regulations will be lifted. Covid is not something to be taken lightly, so please be smart, and be safe!!!