Its golf season again and the course is looking as good as it can this time of year. The snow cover did its job as expected and both greens and fairways are looking nice. It is easy to see how important that snow coverage was as there are a few mounds (putting green, #14, #9 are examples) that still had some snow cover albeit not very thick and those places are still brown while everything else has greened up. Without a cover it would be looking much poorer. So we got lucky this year.
We are in process of doing our normal spring duties. I have started to work on irrigation-going through each station and making sure it is operating normally. There are always a few sprinklers that don't work for a variety of reasons and now is a good time to repair them to ready them for the season.
Todd is working on path entrances and exits trying to eliminate the bump at the transition. This is a never-ending task. Wind and water move the finer sands off the path and it piles up in the turf border creating a lip there. We try our best to keep that transition smooth but mother nature is always working against us.
Together Todd and I will be adding and reshaping bunkers as needed. We had some pretty fierce winds early in the winter that really moved some sand around in bunkers so we will be working on them in the next couple weeks before we really get busy aerating and mowing.
Speaking of mowing, our first greensmowing is probably going to be around March 20-about a week ahead of "normal".
Then our next task is aerification of fairways starting around April 1. The aerification schedule looks like this for the spring (pretty similar to past springs):
Fairways April 1-16
Greens April 18-19 (again small needle tines followed by topdressing on April 20)
Surrounds April 26-27
Tees May 10-11