Pasatiempo Golf ClubJuly 12, 2011Page 2 of 9
The following report summarizes the discussions and recommendations made during theTurf Advisory Service visit on July 12, 2011.It was a pleasure to return to Pasatiempo Golf Club and discuss golf course maintenanceissues on behalf of the USGA Green Section. The focus of the visit was to review generalcourse conditions and offer suggestions for long-range and short-term improvement.Topics covered in this report include:Putting green management programsReducing thatch and organic matterFairwaysTree programNative areasEquipment and maintenance facilityFuture use of recycled waterPlease 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.
PUTTING GREEN MANAGEMENT PROGRAMSTurf health and playing quality
- The greens were in outstanding condition on theday of the visit with healthy turf growth and firm, smooth surface conditions.Examination of soil profile samples indicated healthy root growth to a depth of 1.5 to 2.0inches and a significant increase in the amount of sand topdressing that has accumulatednear the surface. A layer of organic matter approximately 1.0 inch below the surface wasvisible in most samples, which is a concern for the restriction of water infiltration and rootgrowth. Overall, adjustments during the past year to the mowing and rolling programalong with careful water management have had a very positive impact on the health andplaying quality of the greens. Good agronomic practices are in place for fertility and pestcontrol, and the focus for your ongoing maintenance plan should be to incorporateadditional practices to reduce the amount of organic matter in the surface of the greens.