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USGA Visit Summary July 2010

USGA Visit Summary July 2010

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United States Golf Association Green Section - Southwest Region

USGA GREEN SECTION TURF ADVISORY SERVICE VISIT REPORT

PASATIEMPO GOLF CLUB
Santa Cruz, California

July 30, 2010

Present: Mr. Jay Walkinshaw, General Manager Mr. Bill Aragona, President Mr. Paul Chojnacky, Superintendent Mr. Josh Lewis, Assistant Superintendent Mr. Patrick Gross, USGA

Pasatiempo Golf Club July 30, 2010 Page 2 of 9

INTRODUCTION The following report summarizes the discussions and recommendations made during the
United States Golf Association Green Section - Southwest Region

USGA GREEN SECTION TURF ADVISORY SERVICE VISIT REPORT

PASATIEMPO GOLF CLUB
Santa Cruz, California

July 30, 2010

Present: Mr. Jay Walkinshaw, General Manager Mr. Bill Aragona, President Mr. Paul Chojnacky, Superintendent Mr. Josh Lewis, Assistant Superintendent Mr. Patrick Gross, USGA

Pasatiempo Golf Club July 30, 2010 Page 2 of 9

INTRODUCTION The following report summarizes the discussions and recommendations made during the

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United States Golf AssociationGreen Section - Southwest Region
USGA GREEN SECTIONTURF ADVISORY SERVICE VISIT REPORT
PASATIEMPO GOLF CLUB
Santa Cruz, California
 
July 30, 2010Present:Mr. Jay Walkinshaw, General ManagerMr. Bill Aragona, PresidentMr. Paul Chojnacky, SuperintendentMr. Josh Lewis, Assistant SuperintendentMr. Patrick Gross, USGA
 
 
Pasatiempo Golf ClubJuly 30, 2010Page 2 of 9
INTRODUCTION
The following report summarizes the discussions and recommendations made during theTurf Advisory Service visit on July 30, 2010.The focus of the visit was to review general course conditions and offer suggestions forlong-range and short-term improvement. Specific topics covered in this report include:Summary of golf course improvementsManaging the new irrigation systemPutting green management programsTees, collars, and approachesNative grass areasFairways and roughMaintenance facility improvementPlease contact our office if you should have any questions concerning this report,or if we can contribute in other ways to your turf management operations.
SUMMARY OF GOLF COURSE IMPROVEMENTS
 A significant amount of work has been completed over the past five years, in particularyears 2008 and 2009, to restore the architecture of the golf course and improve overallplaying quality. The following is a list of accomplishment noted in previous USGA visitsummaries:
2008:
Completion of the golf course restoration project, including constructionof new bunkers on holes Nos. 13, 16, and 18; green expansions on holesNos. 15 and 17.Elimination of ball washers and benches, contributing to a clean andunobstructed appearance throughout the facility.
 
 
Pasatiempo Golf ClubJuly 30, 2010Page 3 of 9
Infestations of nematodes have subsided on the greens.Progress with weed control in the fairways and rough.Selective tree removal and brush clearing on holes Nos. 15, 17, and 18.
2009:
Effectively managed the golf course during the mandatory 28% waterreduction.
 
Developed concurrent plans for turf reduction and irrigation systemreplacement.
 
Began establishment of native grass areas.
 
Installation of subsurface drip irrigation on bunker edges.General improvement in turf uniformity throughout the course.Renovation of the chipping green and practice bunker.Finally, a new irrigation was installed over the winter that significantly improves wateruse efficiency and focuses water applications to primary playing areas. The volume andquality of the work accomplished at Pasatiempo over the past five years is impressive,and sincere compliments are extended to the staff and governing club officials on a jobwell done.
MANAGING THE NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEMOngoing adjustments -
The installation of a new irrigation system is an excellentstarting point for improving water use efficiency and conserving water resources.Following such a project, it is typical to have very high expectations for turf quality andpotential water savings. Although the new system appears to be performing well,finetuning and adjustment of the system will typically require one to two years.During this time, existing turf varieties are adjusting to the new irrigation patternsin addition to the maintenance staff making daily and seasonal adjustments to thecomputer program and watering schedules. The following comments were offered duringthe visit regarding typical adjustments that are necessary for a new irrigation system:

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