I know that everyone must be eager to get out and play some golf. We did have a great fall last year to enjoy golf and now looks like some warm, early spring weather to do the same. We have had some dry weather over the last 6 months, putting the front range in a moderate drought by the US Drought Monitor. Last fall, we had 78 days from August 31st to November 16th with only .2” of rainfall. We then set a record of the latest recorded 80 degree day on November 16th, followed by third latest snowfall ever
recorded in Denver on November 17th. Recently, February has set some all time records as well. We reached 80 degrees on February 10th, which is the earliest 80 degree day and warmest temperature ever recorded in February! In addition, we set record highs on February 15th and 16th of this year. With snowfall being below average, we desperately need some beneficial moisture going into the Spring.
We put together a new equipment package this winter, which includes all new fairway cutting units. These units come with new technology to reduce the hydraulic points by 150, therefore decreasing the chances of hydraulic leaks on fine turf. When we have a hydraulic oil leak, the oil and the heat will kill the grass. We do the best we can to prevent this from happening and reduce the damage through preventative maintenance programs and proper operator training. In addition, we also have several new pieces of equipment to help us with our cultural practices. These include an additional set of verticut units, another greens’ walk-behind aerator, and a pull behind aerator for our roughs. These pieces will help us to perform the necessary practices of verticutting, venting and aerating better and faster. Our roughs will thank us this fall for the oxygen this new aerator will give them!
We will continue with our tree program throughout the year. We have already completed significant pruning of our larger cottonwoods. We were mainly focused on removing dead material from the canopies. We have also started to remove the dead branches in our pine trees. This will create a healthier and more aesthetic pine tree. We will also be planting some new trees around the course this spring. Just a reminder that Spring aerification will be April 17th-19th . We will be aerating greens and tees as usual and deep-tining approaches and fairways. This will be followed by topdressing sand as we have done in the past.
We look forward to another great year here at Cherry Creek Country Club!
See you on the course!
Director of Grounds