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Chris Cook
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Golf Course Superintendent at Bailey Ranch Golf Club
Golf Course Superintendent at Bailey Ranch Golf Club

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Summer Cultivation of Bermuda
Although summer hasn't officially begun yet, the hot weather pattern has already set in and in response, the Bermuda throughout the golf course has begun to grow aggressively.  Once Bermuda begins to grow aggressively, it is time to begin cultural practices...

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Cart Traffic Control
It's been about four months since we started painting red cart traffic lines in front of greens complexes, and I am encouraged to see so many people helping us keep carts away from greens.  To be honest, I wasn't sure how successful painting lines on the gr...

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DryJect on Greens
This past Thursday, Robert Main with Turfgrass Solutions was on site to conduct another DryJect application to the greens.  This is the second consecutive year that we've asked Robert to come out to complete the process on the greens.  Last year, I wrote ab...

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Thatch Removal on Greens
Memorial Day weekend has come and gone.  The weather was perfect all weekend and the golf course was packed with hundreds of people enjoying themselves.  Based on the feedback I recieved over the weekend from golfers, the condition of the greens surpassed e...

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Sod Work on Misc. Collars
This week, the grounds staff added new sod to a few miscellanous areas in the green surrounds on #2, #3, #10, #12 and #13.  A few of these areas came out of winter a little too thin and some of these areas were not level and needed redone.  One spot in part...

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Course Update for March/April
March and April are always exciting months for the Grounds Department.  We begin hiring and training seasonal staff, the weather begins to warm up, and the golf course begins to wake up from its winter slumber.  This year, the weather has been somewhat upsi...

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Spring Greens Aeration
I recently wrote a post about spring lawn care that can be found here .  One of the most important processes that we complete each spring is core aeration on our putting greens.  This process is critical to the long term health and sustainability of our mos...

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Spring Bunker Audit
Each year, prior to the start of the golfing season, the grounds maintenance staff conducts an audit of sand depths to ensure our bunkers meet the standards of our member and guests.  Maintaining consistent sand depths in our bunkers allows us to create con...

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Spring Lawn Care
Although we've had some cold weather lately, the signs of spring are all around us.  The Redbud trees and Forsythia bushes are in full bloom, bluebirds are beginning to make their nests, and Bermudagrass is beginning to wake up.  Once we get into March, I u...

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#11 Green Complex Drainage Project
During the last week of January, and the first week of February, the grounds staff completed a sizeable drainage project behind #11 green.  For years, when it rained, surface runoff would flow down onto the green from the cart path area behind the back left...
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