September 12th, 2018... Welcome to Fall
With September well upon us, welcome to the fall. The course is responding well to cooler temperatures & timely rains. Our course has its typical bruises from a busy August but for the most part, held up well. September is the month for recovery from heavy traffic, divots & ballmarks. Our fertility program swings into high gear as we take advantage of the fall flush of growth before the cooler temperatures of October set in.
Our greens have seen some good growth in the last few weeks & are recovering nicely from a hard season. We continue to cut at our summer height (.120) & roll greens on select days. However; with this good flush of growth and recovery, greens will be rolling smooth but slower (average 10ft). As we get further into the fall, health will become a priority over speed. The aim is to have our greens strong, healthy and happy heading into winter, hoping not to repeat what we saw last spring.
The Turf Department, with its smaller fall staff, is always striving to provide the best conditions for the membership. As a great fall reminder, we ask all members to take the time to practice good golf etiquette. Think of the players behind you! Remember to replace divots, repair ball marks & rake bunkers.
About the Author
Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (27 years). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodelling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.Follow on Twitter More Content by Dean Baker