Sunday, June 8, 2014

Interesting GCSAA Memo

I found this memo from the GCSAA this morning. We experienced one of the harshest winters in decades. The cold temperatures affected the turfgrass on many golf courses in the area. We were fortunate in not regrassing many areas as some of my fellow superintendents have in the area. All together we only had to regrass some tees and a few areas in the fairways. Many golf courses in the area are bringing in truckloads of grass to repair the winter damage. Many sod farms are unable to supply the demand for turfgrass this year. Some golf course in the area are going to Texas to get sod. In all we only had to get 2 truckloads of turfgrass. I would like to commend the GCSAA for developing this memo for improved communication between Golf Course Superintendents and the Golfing Community. Spring 2014 Course Conditions The winter of 2013-2014 will certainly be remembered in many parts of the South for temperature extremes, winter storms and extended periods of ice and snow coverage. Unfortunately, it will also likely be remembered for creating very difficult bermudagrass growing conditions during the spring. During our travels in the Southeast and South Central regions, we have seen a significant amount of winter related damage to bermudagrass. The damage we have seen is widespread and has affected courses of every type in the region. Only time will tell if this damage is temporary or permanent in nature. Temporary damage will result in slower ‘’green up” and area coverage, while permanent damage could require replacement of turf. We strongly encourage golfers and club members to be patient and supportive of your golf course superintendents. There are many agronomic practices and tools that can be utilized to help turf recover, but until the weather fully cooperates and enough time passes, it is unlikely that playing conditions will reach their full potential. Your superintendent is very likely considering practices that may disrupt playing conditions, limit traffic access or require additional resources. Again, your support and patience is essential during this time. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is committed to providing our members with support and educational resources during this difficult time. We encourage you to speak with your golf course superintendent if you have any questions regarding your course’s condition and recovery process. Brian Cloud Ron Wright, CGCS GCSAA South Central Region GCSAA Southeast Region Field Staff Representative Field Staff Representative GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at