MESSAGE FROM BRAD BROWN, LONGSHORE GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
Welcome Longshore Golfers:
Summer Came and Summer Stayed.....
It has been a year that mother nature has decided to not help us out here at Longshore. A unusual cold spring followed by record breaking extended heat waves and lack of rain have some parts of the golf course as well as some of us here at the maintenance department burned out.
The affects can be seen not only locally here in CT and the Metropolitan area but as well as many parts of the Northeast.
With that said, I am confident with the break in the weather and the seeding and aeration season rapidly approaching that we will be gaining grass and no longer losing grass in some of the weak areas.
Greens- The greens remain to be healthy. Greens 1,3,5 and 6 were being hand mowed towards the end of the last heat wave to alleviate any additional mechanical stresses that the heavier mowers can cause. The areas that are brown on edges of those and some other greens are stress areas that date back to early summer between mid June and July 4th. The lack of overnight low temps being below 70 Degrees did not allow for those areas to recover and fill in. They will continue to fill in now that the weather has broken for the better. We will assist the bare areas with seeds that are stamped into the green with a stamp seeder tool. Any larger areas like the edge of the the Practice Putting Green, 6 and rear of 16 will be slice seeded 3 directions for optimal germination spacing.
Fairways- With the worst of the summer behind us, it is now time to continue seeding the fairways and encourage the growth of Perennial Ryegrass and Creeping Bentgrass while the Annual Poa is weakened and decease. The continuing use of irrigation sprinkler heads will be needed during some hot and dry afternoons to both alleviate stress of existing grass as well as keep the seed bed wet for the most affective germination we can provide. The use of traffic blocks and ropes will be used to detour cart traffic around sensitive stress areas. Please do your best to follow all signage and directions posted on fairways.
Rough- As expected, rough grass not in reach of irrigation from greens, tees or fairway sprinkler heads has entered summer dormancy. On a year with such little rain the summer dormancy of rough has been extended a little longer than normal but will wake up and recover heading into these better weather days.
Bunkers- We continue to remove liners where exposed and maintain the proper 4" base for best playability. Following the only 2 rain events we have had so far this season we have added our second load of sand to bunkers that need most attention. Once we are finished with seeding of stress areas on golf course we will be adding our 3rd load of sand just to maintain and combat the removal of sand from the heavily used bunkers.
Please do your part with golf course etiquette and fix your ball mark, rake your bunker and we can optimize the golf experience here at Longshore for everyone.
Please feel free to ask me any questions regarding the conditions of the golf course at any time.
Brad Brown and Team