As you can see the chipping course flags are down and the cups are pulled. We closed the course to re-seed it and try to make it better for next season.
Traditionally, from August 15 to October 15 is the time to get seeding. As you have experienced (with the rest of us) this year has been exceptionally dry (Just look at your lawn that doesn’t get irrigated.) and the chipping course does not have irrigation. Most years it would be acceptable with normal rainfall but this season the grass did not thrive as usual. Also, with the draught stress and the high temperatures I was afraid to spray the weeds in fear of damaging the thin turf that was there.
So, right now, the course has been seeded and the tees and greens have been fertilized. We did get some rain on the fertilizer but not enough sustained moisture to get the seed to germinate. It is still there and will come up when the conditions are favorable.
Until we reopen the chipping area…hit the range, play the course…Have fun!
Mark Novotny CGCS