Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 06/18/19

Greens Report
Course Conditions,

As I mentioned in my previous report, Bemidji Town and Country Club is fortunate to have come thru this past winter with very little damage. This spring has been similar to 2018 with ample moisture but extremely cool weather. This would have made the recovery a slow process. As of now we are about 2 weeks behind what is considered normal for our region. In the past 2 weeks with the warmer weather we are starting to see recovery to the minor damaged areas we had. Many of you have noticed the whitish cast on the greens, tees and fairways. This is from the predominate Poa-Annua turf on these areas producing seed. This is generally a 2-3 week period in the spring that will end. Typically the greens will be a little bumpy during this period, but with the amount of rolling we are now doing this should help to negate the effects of the seed heads.

At the time of this writing, I have accomplished a number of cultural practices on greens, tees and fairways.
  • Spring aerification was completed on May 20th and 21st on greens
  • Greens have now been verticut 3 times to remove thatch
  • Greens have been top-dressed 2 times. May 20th and June 17th
  • Tees have been solid tine aerated and top-dressed
  • All fairways have been verticut to remove thatch
  • We are in the process of edging bunker, redistributing sand and adding sand
  • Patio project has been completed
Future Practices

Questions have been asked when will the new tees be ready for play? We are progressing well for the limited growing weather we have had. I am projecting opening up these new tees sometime in the middle of July. We need this time to create some density in the turf to support the wear they will endure when play is allowed.

July 15th and 16th we will needle tine "venting" aerification to the greens. This is the same process that was done on May 20th-21st. This is a much needed cultural practice that typically takes very little recovery time.

Tom Johanns
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