The greens have remained in good shape through the tournament season. They continue to be healthy, and I don’t foresee any issues in keeping them in good shape as we move into summer.
As you may remember, we over-seeded the tees with rye grass to make sure that we had optimal playing conditions through the winter season. As we move into spring, it is time to transition from the winter ryegrass on the tees to the base bermudagrass as the growing conditions become more favorable for the bermudagrass. This is a planned event, and as such, we will be altering our maintenance practices to make the transition successful. We anticipate the transition to take 4 – 6 weeks. During this time you will notice the rye grass going off-color and declining. The turf canopy on the tees will thin out some during this decline. We have a maintenance plan in place to promote growth of the bermudagrass during this time so the tees can recover as quickly as possible.
The lack of rainfall has been an issue for us over the last month. We have been working diligently to make sure we are keeping the turf properly irrigated while managing our water resources. We may experience some small dry areas on the course due to the draught, but we are working to minimize these so they will not affect playing conditions.