The crew was hard at work today getting the course mowed and ready for the Easter weekend, but Assistant Superintendent Ben Christie and I spent most of the day chasing wilt. Yes, we are hand watering dry spots in April! Already I have run several full irrigation cycles on the golf course and I will be turning it up tonight in preparation for Monday's greens aerification. Never before have I seen the golf course this dry so early in the year! With the 10 day forcast showing little signs of any precipitation, we will continue to pump water to keep up with dry turf. Keep your fingers crossed for rain in the next week or so...
Below are some interesting pictures that sort of sum up the spring we are having.
|A world map of temperature departures from normal. According|
to this map, we are the "hottest place on earth" when compared to
average temperatures for this time of year.
|Already the State Climatologist is posting U.S. Drought Monitor|
figures. Champaign is on the edge of an "abnormally dry" area.
With no rain in the forcast, we will likely move into a "moderate
drought" in the next week or so.
|Assistant Superintendent Ben Christie monitors and waters dry|
spots on #16 green. We are already having to spend afternoons
watching our turf for signs of wilt.