Saturday, October 31, 2020

Fall Update

Has this year been a little different? Yes it has. We have all been tested and we have all probably made some changes. Adams Pointe has made some changes as well.

New bunkers, check

New cart paths, check 

Next on the list is a project we have been working on over time for the last year. Overgrown bushes have been removed from landscaping beds around the clubhouse. Mulch is being replaced with rock in these beds. We are also incorporating rock around our tee signs on the course. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Why is #6 Path Only

We wrote on the topic of heat stress and turf damage due to cart traffic back in July of 2018. Feel free to scroll down and reread that post if you would like but I will briefly touch on this topic again. This year we decided to experiment with keeping #6 cart path only during the summer months. Obviously, we realize this is a minor inconvenience for some golfers as we received many questions and complaints as to why we did this. The job of the maintenance crew, first and foremost, is to maintain the health of the turf and provide the best playing conditions possible for our golfers.

#6 is our most temperamental hole here at Adams Pointe. The topography of this hole presents many challenges with drainage being one of the biggest. The high hills dry out very quickly while the low swells stay wet longer than they should. Add in poor, high clay soil, little air movement caused by the thick woods surrounding the entire hole, this hole has the potential to get away from us very quickly. The goal of keeping carts on the path is to reduce compaction leading to even more stress on the turf during the summer months when the heat is already pushing the cool season bent grass to its limits. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, we saw a huge difference in turf health in the fairway. We observed a thicker stand of grass and less weed infiltration this year as a result. We will continue to keep carts on the path on #6 during the summer months in an attempt to keep the turf thick, healthy and playable. 

Past years of #6 during summer with visible damage caused by cart traffic

#6 as of 9/28/2020 after summer with carts being path only


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Identifying Summer Weeds

The big three summertime weeds
Identifying problems such as pests, diseases and weeds is a crucial element of daily golf course maintenance. Let's focus on a few of the major warm season weeds today. Yes, we have them. Personally, these imperfections are sometimes all I can see while driving the course. A weed is defined as a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth.

Yellow Nutsedge 
Yellow nutsedge resembles a grass plant but is technically in the sedge family. It can be identified by its yellowish green color and triangular shaped stem. It is a very aggressive grower. That plant that is twice as tall as your turf and already needs trimmed again just a couple days after mowing, that's probably nutsedge.  It will grow just about anywhere but thrives in excessive moisture. Nutsedge is a perennial that spreads by underground rhizomes and nutlets. Hand pulling this weed is usually not productive as more plants will form out of these nutlets in the ground. A very selective herbicide that targets sedges is the best plan of attack to control these little monsters.

Crabgrass and goosegrass are somewhat similar plants that can be easily confused with one another. Both are grassy annual warm season weeds. Both tend to grow in less than ideal often compacted soils and areas void of healthy turf. Crabgrass normally shows up earlier in the season when soil temperatures reach 55-60 degrees. Soil temps need to reach 60-65 degrees for goosegrass seeds to germinate. The easiest way to distinguish the two is by looking strait down at the center of the plant. Goosegrass has a circular white center with the stems resembling the spokes of a wheel. Goosegrass also has a darker green and thinner grass blade and tends to grow more horizontally. Conversely, the grass blades of crabgrass are wider that tends to grow taller. A thick and healthy stand of grass is the best defense against any weed, but a well timed pre-emergent herbicide can help prevent crab and goosegrass populations. Effective post emergent selective herbicides are available for crabgrass but there are not many options for goosegrass. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Summertime Fun

Things can change quite quickly so don't blink, you just might miss something. Last month we had nearly a foot of rain, a week later the soil was rock hard again and the greens were showing signs of summer heat stress. We have aerified the greens, as well as the fairways,  for better water infiltration and to allow the soil to breathe.  "Venting" as it is sometimes referred to will be done a handful of times throughout the summer months.
Solid needle tine aerification

Friday, May 29, 2020

Streamlining Maintenance Operations

Over the past few years the maintenance staff has been working to streamline our maintenance operations. This means focusing most of our efforts on areas of the course that directly affect play. Not in any particular order but greens, fairways, tees, rough and bunkers are the main focus. This includes mowing, fertilization, chemical applications, and maintaining functioning irrigation and drainage among other things. Areas outside of what we consider to directly affect play are not ignored completely but put on the back burner until we can find time to get to them. Every now and then, depending on the weather, it is all we can do to keep up with mowing. Due to the uncertain economical times currently, this year is shaping up to be the epitome of this practice. That being said, we have found time for a few "side projects".

The hillside on the north side of the parking lot has been cultivated and seeded with a mixture of native grasses 

Tandem Paving has finished the cart path around the practice area and No.1 tee boxes

We are working on expanding the white tee on No.6. Roughly 1000 sq. ft. will be added to the tee when this project is completed 

A drain was also added along the edge of the tee box in an effort to reduce excess water on the tee box


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Spring Course Update

In these uncertain times it seems like everything is a little different and things change from day to day. This is also true at Adams Pointe as we have changed some of the ways we do things and have made adjustments to the course. One thing that is for certain, grass and weeds alike will continue to grow. From a turf maintenance stand point this spring has been routine for the most part. We put out fertilizers, battle weeds with herbicides and try to prevent or control diseases with fungicides. As always in the spring we aerify fairways and greens.

It has been exactly one month since aerification and we are still on the back end of the healing process. This year we decided to do a deep tine aerification on our greens. These tines penetrated the soil anywhere from 8-10" compared to our 5.5" tines that we typically use. The goal with deep tines is breaking through a layer of the soil profile that has not been penetrated for some time. This process can release possibly trapped gasses, work fresh sand deeper and hopefully drive roots deeper into the the soil profile. This more aggressive cultural practice, combined with a few hard freezes afterwards, has made the healing process a little slower than past years.

Day of aerification

1 month after

Quick cart path update

  • The back nine path edges have all be hydro-seeded 
  • Construction on the front 9 is scheduled to begin the week of May 11th (weather permitting of course)


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Temporary Course Changes

The cup is turned upside down and sitting about an inch below the surface

Balls should still be able to roll into the hole but sit close enough to the top to be grabbed easily by hand or fished out with putter

Today Adams Pointe is implementing a few temporary changes to the course to try to do our part in slowing down the spread of the corona virus.  We are trying a couple different options with our cups. The main goal is to keep from having to touch the flag stick. Bunker rakes have also been removed from the course.

Also, just a reminder that the course will be closed Monday 03/23/2020  for our spring greens aerification.