Golf Course Maintenance 

 It has been a great year to date for the maintenance department and hopefully for all of our members as well.  On June 28th as I’m sure many of you were aware, lightning struck the Oak tree behind #9 green right beside the cart path. Luckily no one was hurt, except for our irrigation system. The lightning broke a 10 ft. section of our 8” main water line running alongside the oak tree; along with a separate 3” line that supplied water to #9 green. The water lines were fixed the following day, but it also caused several electrical issues that prevented us from watering using our computer/ irrigation controllers for a week. We took a step back in time and had to do all watering manually which gave everyone a greater appreciation for modern technology.

The last week of July and the first couple of weeks in August, we performed our aeration practices on all of the intensely managed turf (Greens, Tees, Fairways, and Approaches).  Aeration can often times stimulate a negative reaction from golfers, but as you all know it is a necessity to ensure playing conditions stay up to par. One of the primary reasons to perform aeration on greens is to control and remove organic matter (decaying roots, and stems). Aerating will also alleviate soil compaction, promote better root development/formation, improves drainage, as well as allowing gas exchange in the soil. When organic matter is left to accumulate, it can be a detriment on many levels. For example, it can hold too much moisture near the surface creating a great environment for disease, reduces oxygen levels, can stunt root development, and organic matter also promotes a soft playing surface that will be prone to more damage from ball marks and inconsistent playing conditions. I want to thank you for your patience, understanding and appreciation while we performed these much needed maintenance practices. It was a welcomed surprise that numerous members came to me thanking the maintenance team for all of the work we put into aeration as the positive feedback meant a lot.

In the coming months, we will be installing steps from the cart path leading down towards the forward tee on #11. This is a steep slope that can be quite difficult to get down, especially when it is wet. We appreciate all your comments and ideas about how we can make the golf course better as this was one of your suggestions.

Thanks for being a part of Inverness Country Club and taking the time to read about your Golf Course Maintenance Department.
Jim Mason
Golf Course Superintendent