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September 20, 2016 Conditioning Update...

Dear Members, Neighbors and Friends of Lake Presidential Golf Club,

The blast furnace heat of July and August has finally been replaced by beautiful morning and evening temperatures.  Aside from the pleasing return of College and NFL football to our lives, this kind of weather is an obvious comfort blessing and especially vital for turf-growth! 

Our greens were aerated on August 24th and are healing nicely.  You will see a lot of top dressing [sand] on our tee boxes as our new Superintendent [Shawn Gill] and his team are aerating tee boxes this week [9-19-2016].

As you likely know, aeration creates a hole in compacted soil, and when filled by sand, creates a natural top surface drain to permeate the soil and promote turf-root-growth which in turn produces a healthy grass-plant.  Translation for golfers; robust grass on tee boxes, fairways and especially greens.

Shawn will be analyzing all the recent soil testing from all areas of the golf course to determine all appropriate future chemical and fertilizing applications.  We have many challenging areas that have not been “right” for several seasons.  We’re going to identify these mostly high spots where irrigation run-off is common and the turf cannot hold the nurturing water for appropriate lengths of time.  In cases like this and there are many at LPGC, specific soil-amendment strategies are planned in the coming days and weeks.

What does that mean?  It means on-going targeted aeration and fertilization.  It means the application of peat mixes and fertilizers to sustain water to promote growth.

Our ownership is in possession of these same soil-sample testing results and are completely dedicated to all of our recovery efforts.  Until our next update…


Tim Woodruff / GM