FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018: Just a quick update to keep you informed of what is going on with the greens conversion at Rolling Hills. The Turf Department began preparation Monday, July 9 by outlining the greens edges. On Wednesday July 11, 2018 we closed the course to begin the process of preparing the surfaces for planting of Champion Bermudagrass G12. This process is laid out step-by-step in a 41-page booklet created by Champion Turf Farms. As you can imagine, this information is proprietary to Champion Turf Farms; and we are bound not to share the information contained in it. Here is a link to their website http://www.championturffarms.com/no-till-renovation/ to read about their overall process and what generally we will be doing during our conversion.
Many of the members saw us on Wed. and Thurs. spraying the greens with a proprietary herbicide blend developed by CTF. This was a long tedious process – on a very, very hot and humid day — but was completed with great results. Kudos to the staff for their hard work!
We sent pictures to our representative at CTF to get approval to start the next step. Around 845 AM this morning, we received clearance to begin the verticutting/mowing operation. This will be done several times until the surface is ready for the next step.
In addition to the existing greens, some of you have noticed that the putting green near the Golf Shop has been sprayed for eradication. We have also marked new greens on the driving range that will be used as nursery/target greens. The sod was cut out and removed yesterday and will receive a green mix next week that will put down a base that is like our existing greens mix. All these areas will also be sprigged with Champion Bermudagrass G12.
As you can see, we are very busy — very hot — AND very, very excited. We look forward to a great outcome and will keep you all updated along the way. If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Kraig Binder at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell at 270-217-1331. You can follow along online by checking out our blog on RHCCgolf.com and following on Twitter @RHCCGolfSuper.