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Extra Putting Surface Aeration

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

On Tuesday, we completed some extra aeration on the front portion of four green and the entirety of five green. These two spots were first cored with a .320″ followed by the holes being filled with sand. When we first aerified greens the first week of August, we completed this same procedure on portions of three, four, 17 and 18 greens. Five green was not done at that time due…

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My Week at Valhalla

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the PGA Championship volunteer staff for Golf Course Superintendent Roger Meier at Valhalla. The five days at Valhalla were a wonderful experience on multiple levels. It was a wonderful personal experience getting to help prepare the course and to walk on Major Championship surfaces before and after the players. At the very same time, it was a strong…

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Divot Healing Assessment

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

On Saturday, I painted a small white circle around four divots on the seventh fairway. The purpose of this area is to assess and evaluate the healing of divots in our fairways. This area is marked as Ground Under Repair; under the rules of golf, you are not required to take relief. However, as we are trying to assess the time it takes to fully heal our divots, I would…

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Hazardous Tree Removal

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

At the June 5th meeting of the Green Committee, it was decided by unanimous vote to have the hollow Oak tree at the bottom right side of 10 fairway removed. The oak was removed this morning. The foremost reason for this removal is the safety of our members and guests. While the tree has stood hollowed for many years; any tree with this much decay is a severe hazard and…

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Divot Filling Party Number 2

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Our last divot filling party was a huge success, completing all of the fairways in just over two hours. Those who attended really enjoyed themselves and we hope participation this Sunday will be even better. For our second divot filling party, we will begin and end from the Turfgrass Center. When we finish filling divots, the Turfgrass Center will be hosting an open house for participants to gain a small…

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Divot Filling Party

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

This Sunday evening at 5pm, we will be holding Hazeltine’s first ever divot filling party. Bring your spouse, your family, or just yourself out to the Club and help the Turfgrass Staff by filling divots on the course. I will be on-hand to give a quick divot filling tutorial and hand out assignments. We will meet at the bag room at 5pm, this Sunday June 8th. Hope you see you…

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A Flush of Growth

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Each portion of the golf season offers its own unique challenges. The battle we are fighting right now is against growth. If you have played in the past week to 10 days, you will have no doubt noticed the excessive growth on many areas of the course. The excessive growth this time of year is typical and something we see each and every golf season. The timing of the “flush…

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The How and Why of Spring Aerification

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Here at Hazeltine, we have two aerification periods; the first is this week, the second comes at the beginning of August. Each time we aerify, I get questions about what we are doing and how quickly it will heal. Rightfully so; members want to know how much the practice will affect their golf and whether or not their guests will get the best experience possible. I thought it might be…

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Updated May 2nd: Water Bottles over Water Coolers

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

    This season at Hazeltine, we will be moving from drinking water coolers, to providing our members and guests with bottled water. The biggest reason for making this change is that of food safety. As the drinking water coolers were filled with ice and water here at the turfgrass center, placed into a utility vehicle and brought to the course, there were too many potential food safety hazards; hazards…

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Stress Free Rolling

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Turfgrass rolling was long ago a staple of golf course management. Rolling in those days was done by hand, as golf course management became mechanized, rolling was forgotten. Today, rolling is once again a key practice. 2014 will be my 21st year working on a golf course. When I started at Albany Golf Club in 1994, rolling was unheard of. When I moved to Town & Country Club in 1998,…

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