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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Trees Trees and Yes... More Trees

Quick cart path update since our last post in November.

  • The old asphalt path around the club house has been replaced with concrete
  • The parking lot has been repaved and striped
  • The back 9 path edges have been back filled with soil 
  • Sod has been laid on the path edges in high foot traffic areas by the tees and greens 

We are entering the month of March and inching closer to more pleasant weather and the 22nd golf season here at Adams Pointe Golf Club. As time goes by the course has seen many changes. Some changes are abrupt and very noticeable, i.e. the cart path renovation project and new white sand bunkers, while others happen right under our noses as we barley notice. Native areas surrounding the course that were mostly grassland that have been left mostly untouched are now full of trees and underbrush.

#6 as built in 1997                                        #6 in 2020

#13 as built in 1997                                #13 in 2020
Native area right of #5 & 6 in 2000          Native area right of #5 & 6 in 2020

Some might say that 20 years seems like a long time while others may think that 20 years can fly by. Either way you look at it, a lot can change in that period of time. Nature has very strict rules pertaining to time and things will most certainly change. The pictures above show how much growth the golf course has seen since being built in 1997. I, along with a good majority of the maintenance crew, have seen and been a part of Adams Pointe maturing over the years.

#14 as built in 1997                                 #14 in 2020

#14 pond as built in 1997                      #14 pond in 2020
A large portion of our time working outside during this winter has been spent removing trees in the hazard areas of the course. We have focused mainly on areas surrounding tee boxes and in particular on holes number 6,8 and 14. These tee boxes have struggled to grow for years despite many attempts of laying new sod. Removing as many trees as we have will help promote airflow, increase sunlight and remove excess moisture. Our goal is to give the turf the best environment possible to grow and cutting down trees is necessary to achieve that goal.

As we enter spring the course is still under two major construction projects. Evergy is currently replacing power lines and poles that run along side of #'s 1, 14, 15, 18 and the driving range. Although they are mostly out of the way of play some of the equipment is on the course mildly affecting travel on the cart path. This project is scheduled to be completed in the next few weeks. The cart path renovation project has been put on hold due to winter weather. It is currently unknown when this project will be completed as the job requires the course to be fairly dry. Golf and navigating the front 9 holes will unfortunately be affected this spring. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences. All of that being said, we are certainly always excited for this time of year. We are ready to come out of hibernation to get the course looking beautiful again. Happy spring to you all and hit 'em straight.