Unless you happen to live on the golf course--and spend a lot of time looking out your back door--you might think that when the course is closed, little maintenance takes place. In reality, days when we are closed can often be as busy and productive as when we are open for play.
For example, this past Monday, we finally had a chance to lightly topdress the greens, applying an average of 200 pounds of sand per green. Any practice like this, which may be somewhat disruptive during play, is best accomplished when we are closed.
Additionally, the grass doesn't know if it's a day when the course is open or closed. Especially this year, with all of the rain, if we have a window of opportunity to mow without causing damage, we need to take advantage of it. When it comes to the greens, they get their morning mowing seven days per week, whether there is play or not.
(image)Selvin mowing #17 tee
It now feels like someone finally flicked the switch, and we have been abruptly thrown into fall. You will hear no complaints about cooler temperatures from the Grounds staff! However, we can now add one more task to our daily list: leaf cleanup.
(image)Jim (and a helper) blowing #15 fairway