Golf Course Update from the General Manager

Golf Course Update from the General Manager

Golf Course Update from the General Manager

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Golf

Dear Members,
I have recently received various comments/concerns from the Membership about the current conditions of some of our fairways.  Over the past couple of days, the VP of Agronomy for all of the Private Clubs in the ARCIS Golf portfolio has been on property to see the golf course conditions and review the transition process that has been established.  As we all know, over the past several days the temperatures have been much warmer than expected.  This has caused us to expedite the plans we had for transitioning our fairways from Rye to Bermuda.  This transition process includes a chemical application of Sapphire which has been applied to all the fairways.  You will see in the  picture below a test plot that was not sprayed compared to the affected areas.
 
 
 
Due to the chemical that was sprayed, coupled with the warmer temperatures, we have proceeded to spot aerate the fairways that are weaker in turf coverage and are applying fertilizer to push the Bermuda grass to fill in more quickly.  This process will be closely monitored on a daily basis.  We will also be applying fertilizer applications bi-weekly along with maintaining higher moisture conditions compared to what you saw this past winter.  In 2017 we tested this process on four holes, which resulted in improved Bermuda grass recovery.  This year with these positive results, we have chosen to resume this process on all 18 holes.
Thank you for your patience and support during the transition process.  It is always a priority of ours to provide you with the best quality surfaces that we possibly can.  I know it is frustrating that it will take a little time to see results but we will continue to provide communication to you during this recovery period.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
 
Sincerely,
Chris Hanns
General Manager
Arrowhead Country Club
 

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