It's been a warm and windy start to April for sure. The warmer temps have allowed us to get a good portion of the fairway aerification done (only holes 2 and 3 left). Hope to finish up this week which will allow us to move greens surrounds aeration up to next week on the 13/14th from the 26/27. That way we can get out of your way sooner while weather may not be ideal for golf.
The course is farther along than most years but when it is 80 degrees people wonder why it's not greener? It just takes time for grass to get moving when soil temperatures are still in the forties. So even though you are in your shorts, the turf's legs are still in the fridge!
As we have said many times before, April is our set-up month with aerification and fertilizer and chemical applications coming in the next few weeks that prepare the turf for the prime golfing months ahead. So while many of you expect fast greens right out of the gate, we are certainly not pushing for superb playing conditions at this point. As we transition out of aerification season and weather conditions become more stable our focus will shift towards better playability.
We were able to execute our burn on Monday on a very warm and dry day. Fortunately the wind stayed manageable but even with that the fire was quite volatile. So we were able to complete most of the areas, but we left some on the outside of #14 and #2 just because it was too dangerous and difficult to control the fire like we wanted. But all in all another good burn day for Wild Horse. I appreciate my staff and some extra volunteers for their hard work to pull it off. It has become a rite of spring here at Wild Horse, but should not be taken for granted. We have been doing this for twenty years now and feel pretty experienced at it, but it is still a relief to get it done right without incident.