The new greens will be open for play this weekend (June 8 & 9). They will be closed down during the week of June 10-15. At the end of that week we will make the decision keep them closed for an additional week until the Men’s Member/Guest or open them for play indefinitely. Regardless of the decision they will be open for play on the weekends.
The greens have recovered from the damage well. They feel much firmer under foot compared to a few weeks ago. The turf is still tender and thin in spots, but is creeping together more and more each day. The main concern is to be sure that the turf is growing fast enough to keep up with the damage that is caused from regular play. This weekend will be a good indicator of how the new greens will handle the traffic.
Although the new greens will be open for play they will not feel or putt the same for some time. The existing greens have a thatch layer built up between the soil and the leaf. This layer is what absorbs the impact of the ball. Since the new greens do not have a thatch layer yet the ball will react differently. As the year progresses the thatch layer will continue to develop and the turf will become finer as it matures. This process usually takes about six months.
The new greens are now on the same chemical and cultural program that is used on the existing greens. This means they will be top dressed with sand and sprayed with fungicides just like the existing greens. The new greens are currently being cut at a height of .150”; the existing greens are being cut at .125”. Each time we top dress the height will be lowered until all the greens are the same height. This will take time and is heavily dependent on temperature; however the current weather is great for growing cool-season grass.
I would like to thank the membership for their patience with this construction and grow-in process. As I mentioned in previous letters, I am very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this renovation project. All the members have been very supportive of me and my staff and it is truly appreciated.