The 2014 golf season has certainly been interesting. The year got off to a very cold and wet start. During the months of April, May and June, we recorded 6.17", 5.97", and 6.53" of rain respectively. Much of the rain recorded was from severe storms causing flash flooding and bunker washouts. The golf course maintenance staff has fixed bunker washouts a total of 10 times so far this season, taking nearly 50-60 man-hours to repair each time. All of this unexpected bunker labor has made it challenging to complete other routine tasks. During the month of June, the heavy rains were coupled with high humidity. This caused disease pressure to go through the roof, requiring shorter spray intervals on fine turf. With these less than ideal conditions, our turf never suffered. Our strong agronomic programs have helped us provide exceptional turf quality and playing conditions. Moving into July, Southwest Ohio is experiencing temperatures 10-15 degrees below normal and low humidity. Perhaps Mother Nature feels like she owes it to us after the awful weather patterns over the previous 6 months. The long range forecast continues to look beautiful. Hopefully everyone can get out to enjoy several rounds of golf.
|Bunker washouts and flooding|
|Healthy bentgrass fairway (June 26)|
|Beautiful July morning|