As the sun has begun to set on the 2019 season, I had jotted down some notes about how dry September and how the National Weather Service had placed Elkhart County in its Moderate Drought category. The abnormally dry and warm September was great for late season golf for sure.
Then last weekend’s storm happened. While we needed the rain, we did not need a month’s worth in a 72 hour time period. The course received nearly 4.5″ of rainfall over the weekend and the staff has hustled to get everything ready for this final week of main club events. Final clean-up of leaves and debris left from the storm will take place over the next couple of days.
Other notes and happenings around the course:
- Aerification of greens and fairways is right around the corner. weather permitting, the front 9 greens and large practice green will be solid-tined on October 3rd. The small practice green and back 9 greens will be aerified on October 4th. Fairway aerification will begin on October 7, and we will be pulling cores this year to aid in drainage and better fill in any divots that may be present on the fairways. I anticipate this process taking all week and ask that you be cautious around any staff member that may be on the fairway you are playing, as they may not hear or see you right away. Thank you.
- The Elkhart County Health Department has been in contact with me about mosquitoes and the threat in our area of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. Below is a press release from them with information and safety tips on how to protect yourself. There is bug spray available for you in the starter hut next to 1 tee, and if you do apply bug spray, please do so on the cart path only, as bug spray can harm or kill turf. Once a hard frost is seen in our area, the mosquito threat will diminish rapidly.
- Work has started already to prepare the practice tee for the 2020 season. Last week the center and north sections of the tee were core aerified, topdressed, and seeded to fill in gaps in the turf. These 2 sections will remain closed for the rest of the year. After October 13th, the south section of the main tee will close for the season and the same process will take place. Between October 15th and October 31st, the lower section will be available for you to practice. On November 1st, the Practice Facility will close for the season. All of this will allow the main practice tee to have the best opportunity for the seed to germinate, and fill in fully for the 2020 season. If you have any questions about this, please ask myself or Tom.
- You may have noticed the cattails on 14 pond turning brown. After years of attempting to control their spreading only by cutting them, we had to make a herbicide application to thin out the population before they overtook the entire pond. Over the next 2 weeks we will be removing the dead material by hand and leave a single pod of them on the northwest corner of the pond.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week and I hope to see you out on the course!