#5 Green South Course Comparison
Wednesday, April 2
As a follow-up to last Friday's blog post, here's an update on the status of the winter damage on the greens at WGCC. Additionally, at the end of this post, you will find links from industry websites with related information/stories.
The comparative photo above is reflective of most areas impacted by the winter weather. They are starting to develop a green hue in comparison to the tan/yellow color of previous weeks. As mentioned in the last post, the winter injury was brought on by excessive cold temperatures, blowing winds on uncovered areas(desiccation) and ice covered spots greens. These conditions have caused major issues with some golf courses throughout the midwest, most severely in south east Michigan.
Soil and air temperatures are the key drivers with recovery. We will not know the full impact until soil and air temperatures increase to a consistent level…the temps this weekend will help!
We have assessed all of the greens on both courses, identified the extent of damage and have developed a plan of attack for recovery…The large practice green has the longest road to recovery.
Since temperatures are the driving force behind recovery, we will be increasing the soil temperatures on the identified greens through a variety of means. Next Monday, we will begin the following recovery strategies:
Turf Covers – With the South Course closed, we will cover the injured areas on greens with turf covers or blankets.
Green Dye – We will apply a dark green dye, typically used to bring southern grasses out of dormancy, to the select areas of impact. The dark color absorbs heat, which obviously increases soil temperatures.
Combination – In some areas on the South Course, we will combine the use of both methods to identify the best recovery method. We are working with industry representatives to collect data which will be used for future reference.
We are monitoring the soil conditions of the greens daily to anticipate recovery potential.
Time Frame For Recovery
Earlier this week, turf plugs were pulled from several of the greens and brought inside for observation. The plugs serve as our crystal ball and allow us to best predict time and recovery once outside conditions align with our indoor model.