On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we take a look at Farmstead Golf Links and all the work that General Manager, Jason Monahan and his staff are putting in to get ready for fall golf season that is right around the corner. It takes a good bit of work to keep a golf course in the tremendous shape that Farmstead is in. That is a testament to the superintendent and his grounds staff.
Overseeding is a term golfers hear and golf courses use to talk about how to take care of the turf as it transitions through the seasons. Here in the Southeast we have to deal with different weather conditions than the northern states. Obviously when winter rolls around the northern courses simply shut it down and wait for spring. Along the Grand Strand we play golf 365 days a year so golf courses have to adjust accordingly to the conditions.
In September, Farmstead Golf Links will be laying down its winter rye grass on the tee boxes and fairways. Rye grass is a grass that thrives and grows in cooler weather. The native Bermuda grass does not. So with cool weather on the way, the golf courses will go through a transition where the winter rye is growing and getting think and lush as the Bermuda grass dies out. The golf course will stay green and playable through the colder months of the year allowing golfers to continue to enjoy this great facility.
The rough and other areas of the course are left alone and the bermuda goes dormant and turns brown for the winter. This gives the golf course a fun “outline” so to speak. With lush green fairways bordered by dormant grass the fairways and green complexes become outlined and show its shape. It is a great visual that shows of the contours and twist and turns of the fairways. It almost makes the golf course look totally different to visiting golfers and creates a different kind of beaty.
The putting surfaces are still maintained as usual and remain as green and smooth and puttable as always. Which is definitely a high point at Farmstead as they have some of the best greens around.
For a tee time or to book a fall golf outing visit the website at www.farmsteadgolflinks.com or call the golf shop at 910-575-7999. Jason and his staff will be happy to assist you.