We recently held our 11th annual Toys For Tots golf tournament, hosting industry professionals including golf superintendents, vendor reps, course owners and even a tour caddie. The comments were great on the course condition. The event was concluded with a storm that dumped 2 inches of rain and a few of our players were soaked but in good spirts and overall it was a great event!
Following this tournament, the day after, was our annual Big Dog Challenge. The staff worked extremely hard preparing the course and refining every detail, providing an awesome experience for all to enjoy! Keeping greens speedy can be a challenge with high humidity combined with warmer than normal weather. Staff watches the weather and plans on seasonal trends to slow growth down and gain speed and smoothness on the greens. When weather doesn’t cooperate, additional measures are taken to ensure the best playing conditions are provided. Often when temperatures drop into the 30’s, we see the greens get pretty quick as was the case this weekend hosting the IGTA event which included some players from the Golf Channel Big Break. We had a lot of players on the course, from all over the world, enjoying great central Florida weather during the upcoming holiday season. Thank you and wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Golf practices and games that are similar to today’s game dates back some 600 years. The earliest games were played in fields and even on ice! Wind swept animal burrows created the earliest hazards we now design as sand bunkers. The actual rules of the game were documented around 1741. Historians mention earth worms as being one on the major problems on early greens. It was also realized that these worms were also beneficial as they provided a form of aerification as they tunneled, so brushing the surface and applying sand help keep surfaces smooth provided a better putting surface.
Hundreds of years later we find grounds crew staff encountering very similar pest problems and controlling them is still very important providing improved playing conditions. At Juliette Falls, the design was made to create corridors between and around holes so natural inhibitors can co-exist with the course and help to manage those thresholds. We enjoy hearing golfers talk about sightings of animals including our infamous fox squirrels, rabbits and hawks just to name a few! Sharing our outdoor space with these critters adds to the nostalgia of our location in beautiful Central Florida.
The staff really works hard to provide the best playing experience for everyone including all the wildlife that roams around the property, like they have done on courses for many, many years. Our history here at Juliette Falls is short at 11 years but, we are proud we have carried on some traditions from early golf history. Thank you for all the golfers that come out and play as we see a very bright future for many years to come
If you know what to look for when looking at turf grass, one can see deficiencies and apply necessary nutrients to improve the health of a plant. Often, a complete nutrient combination is applied to ensure certain elements are available. Not having 1 or 2 elements available for the plant can cause problems with the entire growth cycle! Like us, plants need food to survive and often many nutrients are in the soil but, may not be available or in the necessary form for the plant to use. This often gets very complicated and can puzzle the best managers. Soil samples are periodically taken to establish a good base line to work from such as, in the spring before the plants begin to grow is a good time to see what is going on. Nutrient programs can be adjusted to include only the nutrients that are needed for the turf and those that are in abundance that can be deleted from a program and monitored, thus saving money and not applying something that is not needed into the environment.
Another step that is often taken, is collecting tissue from a plant and having it tested. In our case, we take clippings from a green or two that have been collected from the mower and air dry them, we put them in a bag and ship it off to a lab. There, they test them and see what nutrients the plant is actually taking in and see what they are deficient in. Greens are sprayed almost every week with a nutrient mix and these can be further enhanced by having this information to help us decide on what nutrients are important to our greens and what we may have enough of already and can eliminate. Tissue tests will tell us what the plant is using and what it is not, even if you have applied something the plant may not take it in, because it’s not in a form the plant recognizes. Again, these tests help us look for the products that work best for us and each and every site is a little different, just like all diets for people are a little different. Little did you know we’re running a very large chemistry lab out here!
At Juliette Falls we are always trying to improve and use the resources available to us and not over apply something that may not be needed. We like to keep the course healthy but not overdo it. Firm and fast with good turf cover throughout in our bread and butter! The course continues to be in great shape and we strive to improve areas that may be struggling with some extra attention as our staff keeps a keen eye on things. Thank you to the many golfers coming out and playing what we feel is really a great course!