The place to get a behind-the-scenes look at grounds maintenance at Bailey Ranch Golf Club
Friday, October 21, 2011
View from behind #1 green facing west
This week the maintenance staff has been working on removing shade trees from around the greens. This process has been ongoing since early summer. As the angle of the sun changes with the seasons, different trees become a problem and must be removed. Our goal is to have sunlight on the greens as soon as possible in the morning. A green that has access to sunlight all day is going to be much healthier than one that is shaded until mid morning. Turf must have sunlight to create energy, so shading a green until late morning is like skipping breakfast everyday. Also, morning sunlight allows surface moisture to begin evaporating so the green is less susceptible to disease. Removing these shade trees, coupled with the fans that were purchased, the agronomy staff will be able to replicate the ideal growing conditions that are found on many of the other greens on the course. This will set us up for long-term success in the future.