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Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee

The Greens Committee met on August 3rd. Here are notes from that meeting.

Persimmon.

We are now about 30 days into our hundred-day grow-in for Persimmon’s new greens. They look to be on track so far with damaged areas from last month’s vandalism running about two weeks behind in growth. We are watching them closely, but so far it appears they will caught up by Labor Day.

Repairs to our damaged bunkers are now complete and we will be backfilling them this week. Construction damage to turf is complete and cart paths will be repaired this week.

We have aerified Persimmon’s fairways with 3/8 X 6 inch hollow tines to break up soil compaction, improve oxygen penetration to the bermuda grass roots and to promote drainage of our reclaimed irrigation water through the plant. In the past, we have filled the holes with sand, but this year are taking a different approach, using the plugs removed from the fairways to create a soil mix that when ground up and reapplied to the aerified fairways will add an organic layer to the fairways that was missing. This, when added to the existing sand base of 3-4 inches from past years, should provide a healthy growing medium for the bermuda grass.

In other work, 50% of the irrigation heads have been leveled with the balance to be completed in the next 30 days.

Ironwood.

Fairway aerification is now complete using the same 3/8 X 6 inch hollow tines used on Persimmon. Since we have not done much sanding on Ironwood in past years, we will use a process of repeated light top dressing to help build a sand layer under the turf for improved oxygenation and drainage.

We continue to adjust fairway lines on holes bordering our lakes and ponds. The objective is to establish a collar around water hazards to prevent slow rolling shots from finding the water during the winter season when fairways are dormant and balls roll farther.

We have completed about a third of our irrigation-head leveling project. We will complete all head leveling in the next 30 days. We are also starting work this week to add native-soil cart paths to #6 and #11 with an objective of speeding play by improving cart access to these two greens.

You may have noticed some sod repairs on the greens. This is normal for this time of year when bent grass greens gets puffy and stressed. This will self correct as temperature and humidity levels go back down in the fall.

This year we attempted to get our summer maintenance accomplished using afternoons to do this important work, rather than resorting to course closures. We are happy to report the experiment seems to be working. At the halfway point, we have been able to accomplish most of what we wanted and should be able to complete our Master Plan projects by the time we re-open following overseeding in late October.

Long Range Outlook.

Both courses will look and play a little different this winter season. New greens and greenside bunkers on Persimmon and some nice improvements on both courses to enhance play aside, Dave Dube’ has started us on a maintenance regime focused on a long range plan to increase the length of time that both courses will be available for member play.

The addition of organics to the fairway aerification process on Persimmon will strengthen them so they can provide a strong, playable surface when left dormant in rotation with Ironwood. And a lighter overseed rate, with pigmentation used to add color and promote a warmer soil temperature for the underlying bermuda grass, will aid in reducing transition periods in early summer. Add to this, the success of our afternoon maintenance experiment this summer, and we believe we are on a path to improved year-‘round playing conditions on both courses, with shorter transition closures and the ability to rotate overseed patterns to promote long term turf health, while providing strong playing conditions for all seasons.

That’s the current news from the Greens Committee. We will continue to update the blog as we complete projects and are will publish another issue of Clippings when we meet next in September. We appreciate your continuing support and can be reached at our new email address, anthemgreens@icloud.com

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