MESSAGE FROM TODD SALAMONE, LONGSHORE SUPERINTENDENT
Happy Summer from your Maintenance Staff!
Welcome back to Longshore Golf Course. The maintenance staff and I are happy to see so many returning faces this year. 2021 looks to be another busy year at Longshore. The maintenance team and I are working hard to deliver the best golfing conditions possible. We look forward to seeing all of you out on the course enjoying the game we all love.
Our staff and I have some sod projects for the month of June. Please be careful when walking and playing shots off the new sod. We will mark sod that is not ready for play. Those areas should be treated as ground under repair.
Summer weather is here in Connecticut and the maintenance staff and I have begun our summer moisture management on the greens. You may see our staff probing greens in the morning to take moisture readings. We use this information to accurately apply water to dry areas with hoses each day. Our goal is to attain moisture uniformity throughout the greens. Greens with adequate moisture perform better throughout the stressful summer season. You may also see my staff and I syringing greens to cool them down during the heat of the day. We will do our best to work around play but please be respectful and wait for our signal to hit to the green while we water. We will do our best to keep play moving while performing an essential practice that keeps greens happy and healthy throughout the hottest parts of the day.
We have added ropes and stakes to the golf course to help protect the fairways and direct carts into the rough. We are using the ropes to alleviate some of the damage that carts can do to the fairways during the season. Please be respectful of the ropes and do your best to follow the signs. Our goal is to improve the condition of the fairways throughout the year. With your help, we can accomplish our goal.
Mowing the greens is a daily practice here at Longshore. To ensure a smooth playing surface, we mow our greens seven days a week with a riding mower. The mower is heavy and can do damage to the edges if we mowed a cleanup cut each day. To ensure healthy greens, cleanup cuts are mowed Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Below is a link to an article from the USGA that touches on this subject.
We would like to remind all of you the importance of raking your bunkers, filling divots, and fixing ball marks. Raking bunkers and filling divots are an important practice that enhances the golf experience for everyone. Rule 13-1 and 13-2 of the Rules of Golf prohibit players from improving their lie regardless of irregularities in the playing surface. To ensure every player has a fair shot at par, it is important that we fill our divots by replacing the grass we removed when striking the ground. The same courtesy applies to raking the bunkers following your shot.
Repairing ball marks on the greens is equally as important as raking bunkers and filling divots. Ball marks will never fully heal if not repaired. Only aeration can repair a ball mark that hasn't been fixed by the player or the maintenance staff. The USGA provides detailed instructions on how to fix a ball mark. The instructions can be found below:
Golfers who treat the course with care are rewarded with better golf conditions. Your golf maintenance staff thanks you in advance for your contribution.
I look forward to seeing all of you this year on the golf course. Feel free to speak to me anytime about concerns or questions regarding course conditions. It continues to be my pleasure serving as your Superintendent.
Hit 'em straight!
Golf Course Superintendent