Jeffersonville Golf Club

Jeffersonville Golf Club

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ALERT!! Bug Spray Is Hazardous

Please be cautious when using bug spray, it is hazardous to turf health!!!
The pictures above show the damage that is caused when bug spray is applied while standing on a putting green. Please take caution while spraying bug spray by applying it on the cart path or in the rough.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

13th Green Surround Restoration

If you have recently played a round of golf at Jeffersonville, you probably have noticed some changes to the 13th hole. The grounds crew have done a tremendous job transforming an area that was barely playable into a beautiful green surround that included expanding the approach and adding collection areas on the left side and behind the green.  The right bunker was reshaped and the bank was gently blended into the surround.  The left side bunker was enlarged and deepened adding a new dynamic to the hole.  10,000 square feet of tall fescue sod and 5,000 square feet of fine fescue sod was laid that will add a dramatic view next summer when the fine fescue seed heads. We will continue to work on the fine details on 13, but are also looking forward to starting new projects around the course! Please enjoy the photos below to see the work that has been done.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 26-27:Greens Core Aeration

AERATION!!!! That dirty word all golfers hate to hear, but yes it's that time of year again.
We need to think about aeration the same way we think about changing the oil in our cars. Sure your car would run for awhile on old oil, but the life of your engine would be comprimised in the long run. 
Preventative maintenance is an integral part of golf course management. Golfers view aerification as an inconvenience that takes the greens out of play for a few days, but remember that without those tiny sand filled holes, the greens would eventually die. 
            Why do we aerate? Aeration is needed when the soil beneath the greens become compacted. When the soil is compacted, the grass roots struggle to breathe and water struggles to reach the roots. Think about how many footsteps are on any given green at the golf course. The average golfer will take about 45 steps on any green, thats 180 per foursome, and about 1,800,000 steps per year!!! Now think about all the maintenance equipment that is used to maintain the greens throughout the year. Run a mower over the greens 180 times per year and thats an additional 180,000 pounds of compression per year. It's a wonder the greens survive as long as they do with all that compaction going on!
            The Aeration Process: There is a lot of work and many steps that go into aeration. 

5/8'' tines pull cores at 2.5'' spacing

Cores are harvested from greens and added to low areas on the course

Greens are blown free of  loose soil and thatch

Greens are topdressed with a sand and soil mix

Sand is brushed into the aeration holes

Finally greens are fertilized and irrigated