Special Clippings Regarding Persimmon Golf Course
Special Notice from the Anthem Greens Committee
Persimmon opens for play tomorrow and we wanted to give everyone a preview of what you can expect as we move closer to our overseed closure on Persimmon in three short weeks.
Our objective is to achieve an improved overseed for winter play, while at the same time protecting the underlying bermuda grass for a strong recovery next summer.
We plan to accomplish this through a combination of a heavier seed rate than was used last year and some new agronomic techniques to help the bermuda when warm weather stimulates renewed growth. The heavier seed rate will provide an improved playing surface, but prior to closing the course on October 12th, you will notice some appearance changes due to the work we are doing to limit turf damage as we prepare the bermuda to accept the winter ryegrass seed.
Our plan is to apply a growth regulator to fairways, causing the grass blades to become wider, rather than taller, creating shorter, more dense cover that can better deal with verticutting that provides a seed bed for the ryegrass. This process will not impact color or playability, but it’s a different story on tees and green surrounds where the bermuda canopy is already very dense. In those areas we will use the same treatment we applied on Ironwood roughs. It is designed to create a sort of dormancy for the top of the plant, while protecting the root structure. It results in a “burned-out” look, but playability should not be seriously impacted. Fairways will also begin going off-color as we adjust irrigation levels to prepare for verticutting, scheduled to start in ten days.
By combining irrigation cutbacks, chemical treatments and growth regulators, we are able to be less aggressive with verticutting and fully prepared on day-one of the course closure to drop seed. This will give us the best chance to achieve our goal of great winter playing conditions and a healthy recovery when summer temperatures return. All dependent, of course, on Mother Nature.
Thank-you again for your continuing support of the Committee and our Golf Course Maintenance Department. Questions, or comments? You can contact us at email@example.com
Pete Hatt Dave Dube’ Cory Wood JR Rosenbluth Greens Chair Director of Agronomy Golf Course Superintendent General Manager