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Important Dates

Repair to #2 Scotsdale

Repairs to flood damaged area near number 2 green at Scotsdale will begin on Monday June 26th. This work will require 10 working days to complete. In order to allow contractor to complete his work within this time frame the green will be closed to play. A temporary green will be placed in the fairway on the tee side of the cliff.

Bermudagrass Greens Aeration Scheduled In July

Scotsdale Golf Course is scheduled to be closed July 5th to aerate the new greens. This is the final step in completing the no tile green conversion grow-in and establishment of these greens. The process was part of the original recommendations provided by our Champion Ultradwarf provider, Champions Turf Farm. The greens will have 3/8” cores pulled and removed from the surface on 2.5” centers. The greens will then be top dressed, brushed, rolled and fertilized. Since these aeration holes are small we anticipate a full recovery in 7 to 10 days.

Brittany is scheduled to close the following day, July 6th, to complete a more aggressive type of aeration. Although Brittany will be using the same type tines it will be done on closer centers. These greens must be aerated at least one time each year to control any thatch buildup. For more information on the whys please refer to the below article “Brittany Greens Aeration” provided by Rob Dreesen, Metfield Golf Course Superintendent.

Brittany Greens Aerification

By Rob Dreesen, Metfield Golf Superintendent

Ultradwarf Bermudagrass putting greens can provide excellent playing conditions throughout the summer months, if maintained properly. One of those maintenance practices is core aerification. Without adequate core aerification, Ultradwarf greens establish a thick thatch layer. Thatch is decomposed plant material that accumulates between the surface and the soil as shown in the picture above. This thatch layer negatively affects both golf course superintendents and golfers.

  • Golf Course Superintendents:
    • Thatch prevents water, fertilizer, and air from reaching the roots.
    • Thatch makes the greens spongy which results in scalped areas when mowing.
  • Golfers:
    • Thatch makes the greens soft which results in slow ball roll and more ball marks.

According to Champion Turf Farms (the grower of champion Ultradwarf Bermuda), 10%-20% of the surface area of the green needs to be displaced through core aerification every year. In order to accomplish this with only one aerification, we will need to be aggressive. This aggressive approach will leave the greens in less than ideal playing conditions, even more so than the typical aerification that you are used to.

Every year and at every course I have ever been at, I always get the same question; “Why are you tearing up the greens now when they are in perfect condition?” I always answer with “this is the best time to do it based on the optimal weather conditions for the turf.” July, here in NWA, has the perfect weather for Ultradwarf Bermuda; humid and hot. These hot and humid days will help the greens recover from the aggressive aerification approach that we will be taking.

Thank you for your patience during this critical time. I am hoping by taking the correct steps towards thatch management on the Brittany Greens, we can make them into a firm, fast, and smooth surface that you all will want to play.

Country Club Flood Damage and Repair

The flood of April 29 caused extensive damage to #8 green on the Country Club course.  The repair required that the entire surface of the green be replaced using washed A5 bent grass sod.  In addition, the collars were re-established with Latitude Bermuda grass sod. The work was completed on May 26 and the expected opening of the new green will be Saturday, July 1.  The golf course itself opened May 31.

Bella Vista Ball Mark Repair Awareness Month

by Keith Ihms, Director of Golf Course Maintenance

How to Fix a Ball Mark

Have you ever been involved in a heated debate about the best way to fix a ball mark? I know I have! In general, superintendents would prefer that golfers use any method as opposed to doing nothing, but there is a method endorsed by the golf community that is considered the official way.

Here are some quick facts on ball marks:

• Unfixed ball marks result in an uneven and scarred putting surface

• It is the responsibility of every golfer to fix at least their own ball mark

• It can take 2 or 3 weeks for an unfixed ball mark to heal

• Fixing ball marks vastly improves the putting surface for everyone

The best way to fix a ball mark:

When I first started golfing in grade school, I assumed the best way to fix a ball mark was to use a tool to pry up the middle of the indentation. This seems logical but it can result in torn roots and more recovery time. The best way is the “twist” method endorsed by the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA).

Here is the secret: Your goal is to stretch the undamaged surface back into the depression, not to lift the depression by prying. The putting surface is actually a fairly elastic thing. Ball impact pushes the surface out to form the ridges around the depression, so you can fix it by stretching the surface back in. In the process, the indentation or depression should flatten out.

I think many people are reluctant to try this method because it is difficult to visualize. As a result, many golfers may not attempt to fix their ball marks because they are afraid of doing it the “wrong” way. Try this method. You may be surprised by how easy it is.