Well, the Fall season doesn’t officially start for another couple of days, but it certainly feels like it has outside. Greens aeration is completed! All 39 greens have been aerated and are very close to being fully healed in. The South course was aerated August 30th & 31st. The greens responded very well to our organic recovery treatment and over-seeding. The North course was attempted last week in the pouring rain. Our staff gave it everything they had, and we were able to finally finish topdressing and fertilizing on Friday. The North greens were seeded on Tuesday and they are making a strong, healthy comeback.
I would like to thank anyone that played this week for your patience while we got caught up on mowing. The 4.5″ of rain last week definitely set us back causing fairways, tees, and rough to break through growth regulation. It took us all of this week to get sprays out and staff mowing to get both golf courses maintained, cut, and clean. The Fall season is always a tricky one with staff. We employ many high school and college age people, and when Labor Day comes around, 40% of our staff returns to the classroom. We had to scramble for a few weeks, but we are now operating at a reasonable pace.
We have a few small projects planned for this Fall; which include, green expansion, fairway and tee over-seeding, grass tee grow-in at the driving range, minor tree work/pruning, and minor bunker restoration. The next 8 weeks are going to fly by, so we will be extremely busy until the snow falls. We are extremely excited to be hosting the 2012 Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship in May next year; each and everyday this Fall will be geared toward making this tournament a success! Thank you for your continued support this year! See you on the course!
-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent