On April 19th we informed the Membership regarding the condition of the Practice Tee if it had survived the harsh winter weather of 2013/ ’14. We initially thought if we did not see any progress on the surface, we would sod the tee this coming Monday. Below is a picture of our “un-scientific” attempt to warm-up the teeing surface. This resulted in no significant difference of growth between the window pane or black plastic bag.
The back-half of the teeing complex is doing fine with our ryegrass seeding and will be ready for use in the coming weeks. We have also seen very encouraging signs of Bermuda grass growth as well with warmer night-time temperatures.
Above, Bermuda grass has broken dormancy on the left-hand edge of the teeing ground. It appears that areas that remained drier during the winter months are greening-up quicker than areas that remained wet during the same time period.
The pictures above and below, although sporadic, show more growth of the Bermuda on the tee top.
What have we done and what are we going to do?
If you look closely in the picture above, we have applied a black organic fertilizer and solid-tined (aerified) the tee. This was to promote more warmth to the surface, as well as, below the surface. This was done Monday and the growth in the two pictures was present 24-48 hours after application and aerification.
We will also paint the tee this coming Monday to help promote as much warmth as possible. We will continue to monitor our progress along with our USGA Agronomist, Darin Bevard, over the course of the next two weeks. If we do not see significant changes, then we will sod out the front half of the tee in early June.