Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 Winn Dixie Jacksonville Open preparations. After a wet start, everything is starting to fall into place.

Once again it's tournament time here at the TPC Sawgrass. As I write this, we've just completed another gratifying day of tournament preparation. The above photo was taken today of the finishing hole #18 on Dye's Valley.

Getting to this point hasn't exactly been easy for the Agronomy staff this year. With almost 6" of rainfall over night on September 16th, followed by excessively wet weather until this past weekend, we found ourselves playing catch-up rather than preparing tournament conditions. Mowers were put aside and in their place we brought out chainsaws and blowers. The increase in moisture brought a rise in fungal pathogens, insects, and weeds.....requiring a keen eye for fast and effective control of these pests before losing massive areas of turf.

Thankfully this week has been a blessing with beautiful bermudagrass growing weather provided by Mother Nature. With the army worms, leaf spot, algae, and sedge under control, this years Jacksonville Open is sure to be a success.......come on Mother Nature, don't fail me now. Greens are fast and true, fairways and approaches are firming up, and oh yes....the rough is tall and dense.

Below are few photos of what Dye's Valley has looked like over the passed couple of weeks:

Debris littering hole #8

A pine tree in the bunker on hole #2

The bunker and cartpath on hole #1