May is typically a transitional month where the cool nights and days of spring give way to the warmer weather of summer. Although delayed, this May proved to be no exception. The first three weeks of May were anything but ideal weather for Bermuda growth. Cool nights, cloudy days and lack of rain, had our Bermuda on "stand-by" waiting for summer come along. Then all of the sudden, the pattern changed drastically with day temps in the high 80's to low 90's, and abundant rainfall. If you include the rain from last Monday morning, we've had enough rain in the past seven days to double our annual rainfall total.
May is also a time full of transitions operationally. Seasonal staff have been brought in to begin mowing schedules as well as cultural programs such as verticutting, slicing, and topdressing. Douglas Knapp, our chemical applicator, is going full throttle keeping up with all our fertilizer, and pesticide applications. Joe Miller, our irrigation technician, is busy maintaining our irrigation system. Lastly, with more equipment leaving the shop each day, Mitchell Pierce, our equipment manager, has to spend most of his time adjusting and sharpening mowing equipment.
Despite a slow start to the month, I feel that all the work completed by our dedicated staff, coupled with favorable weather, caused the course to peak right before Memorial Day weekend. June is starting out with great conditions on the course and should be a great month for golf!