Water, Water Everywhere!

September has been an awful month for golf in the mid-Atlantic region, both for maintenance and playing the game we all love.

As the month is about to close, we have tallied 10.2 inches. The picture below displays monthly averages for our area.

By comparison, the table below are the actual amounts:

Some of the storms that we have experienced recently have been swift. As you drive by the course, you see the amount of water draining to the first hole, depicted in the first picture of this blog entry above. For the rest of this entry, we would like to share what we see when our staff arrives each day after a rain event.

Above, a pool of water in front of the 2/ 10 tee complex. Below, accumulated water on the left-hand side of the 6th fairway. The haze towards the green reveals the humid weather pattern for the month.

 Below, the fourth hole, water draining across the approach from number 3.

The water above eventually makes it’s way to number 5, seen below at the beginning of the fairway.

All this water ends across the 15th hole, seen below.

In order to protect the turf on the fairway, we have had to use the right-hand rough to get carts down the golf hole, seen below. Persistent rains of this past week did not allow for this area to be used.

It’s the same case for the 10th hole below. We are hoping for the best this coming weekend, but ultimately, the weather has shown us we are in need of installing drains in certain areas of the course.

Where water has sat for an extended period of time, we have lost turf. The first hole has continually flooded this year. 

Below, areas of this fairway melted out and we made preparations (painted dashes) to eliminate the eye sore.

The picture below is very tell tale sign of the recent weeks…(1) the green and white stakes delineate where the fairway has been sodded and (2) we are using portable fans -that we normally use for our GREENS– to dry out the area due to yet another storm.

It has rained so much in the recent weeks, areas that traditionally would have survived even with slightly above precip amounts, have succumbed to the extra moisture.

In turf renovation, we have two choices: seed or sod. If we choose to do nothing, Poa annua would germinate in the voids seen above in the rough before the 12th fairway. 

For this area, we went with seed as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent Dave Ward began this process earlier this week. In some instances, it has rained so much, drains were seen bubbling out of the ground. Check out the quick seven second video of Hail chomping at the water!

 

Lastly, the USGA has written a great article regarding the recent weather pattern for the area and you can access the article below:

http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/regional-updates/northeast-region/2018/the-costs-of-a-wet-summer.html

 

 

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