Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 3/26/15

Turf Talk Newsletter - Course Conditions

I would like to make our members aware of the early spring conditions on the golf course. So far, initial inspections show the course survived the winter as expected. The playing surfaces are all in the typical conditions for coming out of winter, the turf is still dormant and looks exactly as it should. As of today, soil temperatures at 3" depth are in the mid 30's and there is frost in the greens below 6". As I have stated before, as the frost goes out of the ground, the soil remains soft and mushy. If we were to allow traffic on the greens too early, it would lead to damage of the individual grass plants as well as a lot of foot printing. We need to allow a period of time for the frost to leave and the soil to dry and firm up. The weather for this weekend and early next week should help that process.

To date, we have completed our winter equipment maintenance, accessory painting, program planning, ordering of materials and also the interviewing process for new employees is being conducted. This past week we initiated course cleanup by removing all brush from the tree trimming we did last fall. As a result of our concentrated efforts of having the course clean of leaf debris going into the winter, cleanup this spring should go relatively quick.

I personally would like to welcome you all back to our great golf course. I, my Assistant, Charlie, and those staff members that I have returning are all excited to get out and continue our efforts working to make BTCC the best it can be. An added note, over the winter I have heard a lot of positive comments about the bunker and irrigation project completed last fall. For those of you that did not have the opportunity to see and play the finished product, I know you will be impressed!!

My communication efforts to our members and guests this year will be geared to inform you of the following:
  • Keep you updated with schedules of maintenance practices.
  • Provide you with information to help explain why we perform some of the practices and procedures we do.
  • Keep you informed of changes in the industry that may impact future practices here at BTCC.
We look forward to seeing you this season.

Tom Johanns
BTCC Course Superintendent