Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Well , it is supposed to be spring and it sure felt like it during mid to late March. Since then we have been dealing with some nasty weather from Mother Nature.Our March greens aerification went well despite some rain but the cooler temperatures during the weeks following really slowed down the healing process. March on the OBX can certainly be a shot in the dark weather wise. The greens took a while but they are now completely healed and looking good. We have been working on suppression of the poa annua that has started to creep into some of the greens. We have been able to keep the poa at bay for several years now, however as time goes by we will inevitably see more of it. Our chemical program to manage the seed heads this time of the year is working well and as it gets warmer the poa will start to disappear from the greens. Our bermudagrass seems to be breaking out of dormancy very healthy this year. We do have some spring dead spot as usual and I expect these areas to cover quickly once we start getting some warmer nighttime temps and the bermuda growth picks up.The cooler temperatures that have set in as of late have really slowed down the bermuda growth. Overall, the course is looking good and we are poised for another great year.The repairs to the damaged areas of the cart paths will begin this month and we will be fixing spots on holes 3,4,9,10,13,15 and 16. This will be a real improvement as some of these areas are very bumpy to drive a golf cart across. These areas will be roped off until the concrete has had time to cure to proper hardness. We will also be getting a new Toro fairway mower this week. This machine will be parked over the weekend on the range tee, so come out and take a look at it. This machine replaces our old fairway mower which will now be used for range maintenance on Sunday mornings. Our logo flags are here and we will be putting them out on the course as soon as the wind slows down a bit! These flags are quite attractive and will be offered for sale in the pro shop this year.Please remember that you can help us keep The Currituck Club in great shape by obeying cart rules,filling divots and repairing ball marks when you are on the golf course. Thank you for you help! Mike Terry - Golf Course Superintendent

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