As we slowly move into spring in Northwest Arkansas, we are beginning to see some of the damage to dormant warm season turf areas caused by the colder than normal winter. Most of the “winterkill” damage which we can identify so far is on short cut turf such as tees, collars and approach areas. For more information about winterkill you can reference the February article, “What is Winterkill”, found on this site.
The first areas to be addressed during the next several weeks will be at Bella Vista Country Club. Red tee boxes 1, 3 and 4 and some collar repair around number 17 green will be repaired. In addition, Reed Holly and his staff at Kingswood will be working on the following tee boxes: White numbers 8 and 18 and Red numbers 8, 9, 14 and 15. In addition, areas on collars around 10 and 17 greens will also be repaired.
The work involves removal of the dead sod, incorporation of organic matter into the existing soil, surface releveled and new Latitude 36 sod installed. While the repaired areas are establishing they will be played as Ground Under Repair with tee blocks located either on another tee if available or in the fairway near the tee being repaired.
We had a very chilly winter and now a late spring, so we appreciate your understanding as we correct the damaged areas. We anticipate having additional areas on other courses and once these areas are identified, we will keep everyone informed of any additional work required.
UPDATE: We will also be replacing several collar areas at Highlands and some tee box areas at Scotsdale next week. The first load of sod will be delivered and placed staring Tuesday, May 8th, weather permitting.