Here is a great article about winter kill of 2015. Glen Oak and many courses in the area are doing everything they can to get turf back on damaged areas. Sadly, by the time the greens are perfect we will be getting into the winter months and this could happen all over again.
So what are we doing to protect your asset?
The first thing we are doing is making a huge nursery where the old one was. This will be 3 to 4 times the size of our old one. I want to have enough sod to replace 3 to 4 entire greens if I had too. This will be our insurance policy. When I first got to Glen Oak, Mack Saunders said we need to build up our nursery. At that time we may of had 1000 sq/ft. That grew to 7000 sq/ft which is what we used this year. Next year I hope to have 20000 sq/ft. This will ensure that we will be prepared for a winter like the one we just had. This sod will be predominately bentgrass. This will ensure that damaged areas will be protected from future winters.
I would like to thank the entire membership for their support this year. My crew appreciates the thanks they are receive for their hard work while on the course. They put a lot of time and effort in and I could not have gotten through this without them.