|Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 9/08/15
Turf Talk Newsletter
From the Superintendent
I thought it would be a good time to update you on the course conditions, and also make you aware of the maintenance activities we are planning for this fall.
Overall I have been pleased with golf course conditions this summer. Not excessive but timely rain events for the most part have kept the course green with well-defined rough areas. The predominantly poa-annua turf we have held up well during higher stress times we have had the past 2 weeks with the higher heat and humidity. The biggest disease problem we have had this year has been a disease called dollar-spot which has affected primarily tees and fairways. The fall fertilizer application coupled with cooler weather and fungicide application will cure this problem.
As fall is upon us and winter approaches, we focus our efforts in doing the necessary practices that get the turf healthy for the upcoming winter. The following will be performed this month.
As many of you have noticed we have a considerable amount of damage on the golf course due to skunks digging for grubs. This is roughly a 3-4 year cycle, we last had this issue to this degree was in 2012. The mild winter also contributed to the large population of grubs this year. At this time we have eliminated 9 skunks and are working to remove more. All areas damaged will be repaired when we have no more skunks on the course.
Golf Course Superintendent