The golf course has been closed for play this week (August 18 – August 25). During this time the staff was diligently preforming necessary cultural practices. Although hot, the weather cooperated and the staff was extremely productive. The greens and tees received sand topdressing followed by solid tine aeration.
|Topdressing the practice green|
|Solid tine aeration|
In addition, the fairways were vertical mowed in four directions. Vertical mowing is an extremely important cultural practice for bermudagrass fairways.
|Vertical mowing #4 fairway (first direction)|
Inherently bermudagrass has an extremely aggressive lateral growth habit. To provide a more upright growth pattern, which will enable the ball to “sit up” better, vertical mowing is performed.
|Bermudagrass stolons lifted by vertical mowing|
Fairway vertical mowing cuts stolons (above ground runners) and pulls them to the surface. After vertical mowing, blowers and vacuums were used to remove debris. This was followed by a cut with rotary mowers, which helped “lift and cut” bermudagrass.
|Second direction of vertical mowing|
|Rotary mower's being used to clean up vertical mowing|