Ironwood Opens Monday, What To Know!

Ironwood Opening

On Monday we will reopen Ironwood for play. It will be cart path only for about three weeks to give the roughs and green surrounds time to fully grow in. If you have a flag you will be allowed off the path, with entry and exit points marked. And if you are go on the course, please keep your cart in the fairway, not in the roughs or on the green surrounds.

We are opening just 21 days after we closed for maintenance and overseed. This is sooner than the timeline used in past years and barring major construction, as was the case this summer on Persimmon, is reflective of our plan to minimize future course closures. But because this year’s closure was so short, questions may come up when you play. This is an attempt to answer them in advance. 

Was the overseed successful? I see some areas that look like they were missed. 

 You’re right. Those spots are in fact “misses”. It is a normal outcome and they will be hit with new seed next week. The seeding process will not interfere with play, but we did not want to delay opening for this small amount of touch-up work.

The overseed does not look as thick as is on Persimmon.

 Right again. We put down the first seed just 11 days ago and won’t do a first cut until Sunday. By contrast, Persimmon had three cuts before we opened. The ryegrass overseed in the roughs and green surrounds had good distribution and within the next three weeks, will look just like the ryegrass fairways do now on Persimmon.

There are a few small areas that are bare? Are you planning tot fix that?

 Yes, but it’s the same situation as Persimmon. We need to wait for our supplier to have overseeded bermuda sod available. As soon as it is, we will do those repairs.

What’s going on with the wash on #12?

 What you are seeing is a first look at transitioning that wash and the one on #5 from native desert to waste areas. When completed, this project will improve the look and playability of both holes. Stay tuned for more on this work in future issues of Clippings from the Greens Committee.

Why the mushrooms?

 The mushrooms are the byproduct of a disease called Fairy Ring, a fungal infection that invades all species of grasses. There are several varieties of the fungus. Some kill the grass and some just make it go off-color without harming the plant. We have both types of Fairy Ring on both courses and are treating it with chemicals. Unfortunately, a side effect of having the condition is “sour soil”, perfect for growing mushrooms (also a fungus). We will get the better of it eventually and in the meantime, will clean them up as best we can during normal course maintenance.

 If you have more questions after playing Ironwood, send them to the Greens Committee at anthemgreens@icloud.com

Dave Dubé

Director of Agronomy

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