The DOG Run

I’ll take donations through this Friday, September 7th for Patriot Day Golf.

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Please help us celebrate the 6th annual Patriot Golf Day

Why Fans on the Golf Course??

OPTIMIZING THE TURFGRASS CANOPY ENVIRONMENT WITH FANS

Fans Can Help Overcome Poor Growing Environments.

Affect On The Health Of Bentgrass Putting Greens
Years of experience have shown that golf superintendents have the most trouble growing bentgrass or Poa annua greens during the summer at a site surrounded by trees or other barriers that allow almost no air movement. A USGA-type green provides a very effective base for growing putting green turf, but it cannot compensate for the lack of air circulation. In this environment, disease and higher rootzone moisture associated with these areas cause turfgrass plants to decline. Fans help improve air flow across greens, and the survival of bentgrass has been shown to improve at sites with the increased air movement provided by fans.  The positive effects of fans drying out the soil and increasing evapotranspiration are the two major benefits influencing the bentgrass. Fans offer little cooling benefit to the turfgrass, which is contrary to most popular opinion.

Which Greens Need Fans?
Fans should be specifically used to help improve turf quality at problem green sites. By far the most popular use of fans is at boxed or pocketed sites surrounded by trees or other features that restrict air movement. In the past, these sites have been more prone to summer decline caused by disease, excess moisture, and surface algae. Green sites with wet rootzones also benefit from a fan program. Even small problem areas at open sites can benefit from the use of fans directed to the specific problem area.

Placement Of The Fans
Most superintendents place two stationary fans at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions at the rear of the green, approximately 15 to 30 feet from the edge of the green. Fan height above the green surface normally is 10 feet or less with these stationary fans. Most fan companies sell poles that are usually seven feet tall, since OSHA requires finger guards on any fans positioned at lower heights. Finger guards can restrict air flow distance by up to 12%. Hand guards, which restrict air flow less than finger guards, are required for fans on poles taller than 7 feet. Trees are sometimes used instead of a poles, if available.  The key is to position the fan as close to a green and as low to the ground as possible to generate maximum air flow across the green surface. The main goal is to achieve a 3- to 4-mph wind speed over the turfgrass canopy. If fans are too far away or elevated too high, wind speed power will be lost by deflection off the grass itself, or by natural friction loss.  Oscillating fans are by far the most popular at golf courses. In the past, fan oscillating motors have caused problems, but today oscillating motors have improved power, similar to the other fan motors. Fan diameters can range from 22 to 48 inches. Because most fans are stationary to poles elevated above the greens, fan diameter size has been increasing with the demand for additional air movement from these products. Many fans now can throw a column of air more than 200 feet. With the improved power of many fans, some air movement can occur even at areas where the fan is not directed.

Conclusion
Fans have made a major impact on many golf courses by helping the turf survive where it previously had died each summer. Many golfers also enjoy the additional comfort of a cool breeze while putting.

Taking Care of the Course

Golf Cart Traffic:

Many of you are familiar with our white entry and exit gates.  We use these on a daily basis to let you know where to enter onto and exit from the fairway portion of each hole.  During the golf season, we also recommend that once you get your cart to the fairway, keep your cart on the fairway until you exit through the white gates.

Follow the link below to see what I mean.  2 more videos will follow the one posted.

get to the fairway through the white gates

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Practicing at Flint Hills National

Many of you like to better your golf games by coming out to the driving range and hitting golf balls.

Believe it or not, there is a proper way to practice to conserve the precious zoysia turf we use.

Below is an image and example of what I’m talking about.

In this picture, the same number of practice balls were hit in the 2 sections of divots.

The biggest divot you take should be at the front of each row you start.   After the first divot of each row, place the next ball on the zoysia just behind the fresh divot.  This way, you will take much less turf on the following divots.

If you have any questions about practicing and how to best help us conserve the turf, please catch one of us in the golf shop.  We’ll be happy to explain further.

Proper Practicing (turf maintenance)

DOG

 

Are you an artist?

I recently had a little bird tell me that we have, in our midst, an outstanding crop of artists as members at Flint Hills National.

Here’s what I’d like to see happen…

Whatever your specialty is, whether it is painting, sculpting, writing…
Please put something together and bring it to me here at the club. I’d like to display your talents, whether it be around the clubhouse, or at one of our lodges. If you need some ideas, I have a lot of good pictures that you can look at for your inspiration.

   

Notify me if you have any questions or comments.
Let your imagination run wild!
Let’s see what kind of collection we can put together!

Dave Henson
Director of Golf
Flint Hills National