Thursday, September 13, 2012

Aerification & Overseeding 2012

We will be starting the 2012 Fall Overseeding & Aerification project. we will be closing the golf course from Sept. 10 thru Sept. 18 to perform these projects. Much like last year, both projects will involve many steps, long days and fully staffed crews to get everything accomplished in the allotted days that the course will be closed.

    We at the Turf Care Facility have performed many successful aerifications in the past and have created an efficient method of performing this vital agronomic practice. I have explained our multi-step process in previous blog entries and our Fall process does not vary much from that of the Spring process. The only difference in this process will be the aerification tine sizing and spacings. We will be using a 1/4in tine on 1in centers and 2.5in spacings. This will be smaller holes than the Spring process but more holes on tighter spacings. This allows a sizable amount of material to be removed. But, because of the smaller diameter aerfication holes, and allows for faster fill-in and recovery of the greens.



This will be the 4th year in a row that we will be Overseeding.
This year, we will only be Overseeding Fairways, N. Driving Range Tees, Short Game Facility, Pavilion lawn and the Team Practice Facility. The total amount to be Overseeded will be 25 Acres.

    The Overseed process officially began July 19th, 2012. We applied a Pre-Emergent Herbicide to all areas that were to be Overseeded to stop any Fall weeds from germinating. This will help the Overseed, by not having any noxious weed populations competing for water and nutrients while we are germinating the Overseed.

    On September 4th, we applied a Pre-Emergent Herbicide perimeter around ALL areas that are to be Overseeded to keep a nice clean edge and stop any seed from germinating outside of the areas of intention. On September 5th, we applied a PGR (Plant Growth Regulator) called Primo MAXX. This will slow down the growth of the Bermudagrass areas that are to be Overseeded. This will allow the seed a time period in which it will not be in competition with actively, and aggressively growing Bermudagrass during the germination period.

    The actual "Overseeding" process will begin on September 10th and will most likely be finished up by September 12th or 13th. We are using a blend of Perennial Ryegrass that is certified blue-tag, fungicide treated and salt tolerant. It came directly from a grower out of Oregon.
    Upon completion of seed application, we will begin the irrigation cycles (2mins of irrigation per station every 2 hours) until we have achieved complete germination of the seed. Once the seed germinates we will be able to irrigate less frequently and apply more volume of irrigation.

    Approximately 2 weeks after germination, we will apply a 10-20-20 starter fertilizer to give the young seedlings vital nutrients involved with plant growth and development.
    The first mowing will be approximately 7 to 10 days after germination, and 8 weeks after germination we will apply another Pre-Emergent application to prevent any noxious weed outbreaks in the Overseeded areas.

    We at the Turf Care Facility continually strive for championship caliber conditions at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, and by performing a successful Fall aerification and overseed, we will have taken important steps in achieving these conditions.

As always, any questions, comments and feedback is always appreciated

We'll see you out there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tee Renovation Update - 8-22-2012

    We are in full swing of the tee renovation project and they are really starting to take form!
    To date, 40 tee boxes are completed and open for play, 17 tee boxes are in the process of completion and will be opening up within the next few weeks and 22 tee boxes remain to be completed in the upcoming weeks.

    We have only had one weather delay since we have broken ground on this project and things have been moving along quite well with little interference or disturbance. We still have some concrete cartpath work to do on a handful of the tee complexes, but, this scope of the work will be performed at the very end of the project while the golf course is shut down for Over-Seeding and Fall Aerification.

Some of the first tee boxes that were renovated have grown in nicely and we have put them on a strong fertilization program to promote shoot growth and root system establishment. I would like all of the new turf to have established a strong root system in preparation for winter. By accomplishing this, the plant will come out of dormancy next spring and we can continue to groom it and perform the chemical and cultural practices necessary to provide exceptional conditions for the patrons of Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

As always, any questions, comments or feedback is always appreciated.

We'll see you out there!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tee Renovation

    We are very happy to announce that we will soon be breaking ground on our Tee Renovation project. Below is a brief summary as to why the tees should be renovated, as well as,  reasons that the Tee Renovation will help us to improve our golf course in regards to long-term planning.

    All of the tees throughout the golf course at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club  are un-level and need to be resurfaced. The top of the tee profile is straight sand that does not allow the tees to hold moisture. Therefore, there are many tees that are thin and many that are without turf in certain spots. There are several tees on the course that fall off to one side or another and some have no definition. Most sit in the landscape well and offer varying angles for players and wide enough tee surface for the amount of wear they receive. There are, however, some holes that have tees that are not adequately sized.

    Life span as it relates to tees goes to the ability of the tee to support the best turf surface and provide a level playing surface. To achieve the highest quality teeing surfaces, both with turf quality and "flatness", requires a sand-based mix (with some water-holding capacity) as the growing medium of the tee, with subsurface drainage, to help with the overall health and density of the turf through free movement of the root system and to allow a relative "flat" surface to drain well enough (through the mix and into drainage pipe) to allow for flexibility in moisture management of the turf. Much like greens, the sand based mix will gain organic matter through root decay and thatch accumulation over time which reduces the flexibility in the management of moisture. A tee box that is "level" by modern perceptions means less than 1.25% of constant slope, which is barely enough to provide a minor amount of surface drainage. Over time, traffic from maintenance machinery, traffic from players walking on the tee, and the taking of divots on a tee, will deteriorate the flatness of the tee, which can result in less level stances and lies, as well as, creating water holding pockets on the surface of the tee, which is a reason subsurface drainage in modern tee construction is so important. Different from when a green substructure gets "too old" to function properly, the substructure of a tee will typically outlast the "levelness" of the surface and turf quality. While a 6" deep sand mix substructure should last at least 25 years, the surface of the tee may have to be "re-leveled" once every 5-7 years, while the turf can sometimes require some re-sodding every year, depending on the size of the tee and the type of turf.

   By renovating the tees, we will be able to provide adequate area for traffic and a level teeing ground. the changes to the substructure will allow us to have more control over the growing environment in regards to moisture management. This will create a more uniform and dense turf that will be more aesthetically pleasing and more playable. We have decided to use Zeon Zoysiagrass for the Tee turf type. Zeon Zoysaigrass is a fine textured grass that can handle full sun and is extremely shade-tolerant. It is compatible with a wide-range of soil conditions, good drought tolerance and very few insect or disease problems. It is deep-green in color and all though it does not create an excessive thatch layer, it is a very thick and lush turf canopy.

    We will be splitting the renovation project up into 3 phases of work. The first phase will be re-leveling and re-surfacing the tees that are not being re-built at this time. These tees will eventually move to different locations in regards to the Master Plan. The second phase will be the tees that will have the substructure renovated as well as re-leveling and re-surfacing. The third and final phase will be the remaining tees that will require the most amount of construction. We are hoping to have all renovation construction completed within the next 90-100 days (weather permitting).

   We are very excited to begin this project and look forward to the improvements that Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club has and continues to make. We are very thankful of the continued support from our players and members in helping us achieve these improvements.

    As always, any questions, comments or feedback is always appreciated.

We'll see you out there!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 2012 - Vertical Mowing and DryJect Aerification

Once again, it is that time of year to perform some of our routine cultural and agronomic practices to the bentgrass putting greens. As research has shown, proper cultural practices utilized on putting greens is a major contributing factor to the overall health and longevity of bentgrass putting greens, as well as, a main factor in providing exceptional playing conditions during times of extreme heat and stress. We will be vertical mowing or "verticutting" the putting surfaces at the height of cut "HOC" two directions at a 45 degree angle of the previous pass. This will allow us to remove some of the built-up organic material that has accumulated around the base of the plant and open up channels in the canopy to replace with a topdressing sand in place of the organic accumulations (i.e. thatch).

After we have finished the vertical mowing, we will begin an aerification process known as a DryJect.  Here is a brief summary of the DryJect aerification and how it works:

How It Works

Three Step Process Diagram

Traditional core aeration is time consuming and requires several steps to return turf to a playable surface. DryJect is a revolutionary service which, when added to your maintenance program, can reduce the need for core aerification and greatly amplify the benefits of sand amendments by distributing them into the ground more completely.
DryJect’s high-pressure, water-based injection system blasts aeration holes through the root zone to fracture the soil, while it’s patented vacuum technology simultaneously fills holes with amendment. Relieve compaction, increase water filtration, reach the root zone with oxygen and amend your soil all at the same time, leaving the surface smooth and playable.
There will be very minimal disruption to the condition of the greens, and with the earlier-then-normal warm weather conditions that we are experiencing, we should have about 90%-95% fill-in of the aerifiaction holes within the next 2-3 weeks. We at the Turf Care Facility appreciate your patience and understanding of these vital cultural practices that MUST be performed regularly to maintain the conditions that the members and patrons of The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club expect and deserve.

As always any questions, comments or feedback is always appreciated.
We'll see you out there!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


   The picture below is one that I'm sure a lot of you have seen different versions of.

   I felt like I needed to post this particular version of the picture as it is so very funny, yet, so very TRUE!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Tree Planting Project

     It is that time of year again, when we locate areas of the golf course where the addition of trees will help aid in the aesthetics and playability of the golf course. We have located an area of the golf course that needed some improvement in the landscape and have decided to install a combination of deciduous and evergreen trees to help protect the clubhouse from errant golf shots as well as improve the view of the golf course from the clubhouse and patio areas.

    The trees we selected to install are Oklahoma proven trees that have a very good chance of establishment and survival. We selected Loblolly Pines, Shumardi Oaks, Crape Myrtles, Chaste Trees and Deodar Cedars.  The Loblolly Pines were quite large for B&B trees and some extra help and equipment was needed to place these large specimen trees!

     We will now spend the remaining part of winter and this upcoming spring providing them with the care needed to ensure that they establish correctly to make it thru an Oklahoma summer. By close observation and correct care and maintenance, it will give them the greatest chance of survival. If anyone has any questions regarding tree selection, installation and care please feel free to contact the OSU Extension Agency or myself, as we would be glad to answer any questions that you may have on the subject.

As always any questions, comments or concerns are always appreciated.

We'll see you out there!