|Bleached out fescue in the Fall|
|Fescue on the right side of the 2nd green in Summer|
|Thin fescue that a ball can be easily found|
After proper establishment, fescue should never be irrigated. Our irrigation technician is constantly on the lookout for misaligned sprinkler heads that cover fescue. When there is a very wet spring and early summer the fescue will become very healthy and thick. This was the case this year. Obviously, the growth was out of our control. Similar to irrigation we are very cautious not to fertilize fescue after it has been established for two years. Once established, fescue should be left alone. The one exception to that are weeds. If weeds become too prevalent they need to be removed. Weedy fescue is very difficult to play out of and looks unkempt.
Last week the maintenance team has begun to cut the fescue. This annual mowing of the fescue is the final piece to the management strategy. Cutting back the fescue assures even growth next year. The cutting will also thin out any areas that have grown too thick. A tremendous amount of work has gone into managing the fescue to get it to the current condition. Every year the fescue gets better. The maintenance team is committed to preserving this special feature of the golf course.