My name is David Eure and I am your new Director of Greens and Grounds. This is my second tour with Duck Woods Country Club. The first time I was an assistant superintendent in the late 90s.
A few items we are working on in the department at the present include beautification of the property such as mulching areas throughout the property, fertilizing the Bermuda grass and detailing of the playing surfaces. An item I would like to cover is the Bermuda grass, specifically on the fairways and tees. Bermuda grass needs air temperatures to remain above 75 degrees for optimum growth. Bermuda grass also needs soil temperatures to remain above 75 degrees. We have had many nights in the month of May with nighttime temperatures in the 50s and in some cases the 40s. Our soil temperatures have just reached into the mid 60s, which is the optimum time to fertilize. We fertilized all Bermuda grass on May 19th and we should see the results in about three weeks. We are also experiencing somewhat of a drought with no significant rain for about three weeks that will inhibit the transition (growth) as we enter mid-spring.
We will also be aggressively attending to areas in fairways that are not growing in by aerifying to relieve compaction and get water and nutrients into the roots for enhanced growth. As you have noticed, our poa annua is worse on some holes and this is due to chemical resistance and we will be addressing this problem in the near future with some different preemergent chemicals to combat the problem. The best option right now is let the heat of the summer take out the poa annua and get the Bermuda grass healthy for full coverage.
Here’s to a great golfing season!