Turf Blog

The Hershey Country Club turf blog is to intended to inform and educate our guests and membership of the Hershey Country Club. Through the information provided, the turf maintenance team will aim to offer insight on current happenings at the East, West, and Spring Creek golf courses through out the year. We will keep this blog updated with any current turf maintenance practices, long term projects, and many other topics involving the maintenance of the golf courses.

I hope everybody is having an enjoyable winter. During this winter there have been many extreme temperature swings which has created a rather inconsistent pattern for golf and course conditions.
It is hard to believe we are half way through August already. It is even harder to believe the rough is growing this much for the middle of August!!

How are the roots doing?

Posted 7/14/2017

As summer officially starts tomorrow, it seems the temperatures are cranking up a little early. We just went through our first hot and dry spell of the summer.
The turf team is trying a new goose control method to try to deter the geese from coming to the course to sleep. This method is a solar powered flashing amber light that blinks at night.
We are now fully engaged in our new topdressing program on greens. The goals of the program are to make our greens consistently firmer and roll true.
It is that time of year again to get out your Crabgrass control. Last week we finished applying all of our control here at HCC.
This Spring has proven to be a roller coaster of temperature swings. An early warm up, followed by a late snow, then more cooler moderate temps, and a few 90 degree days have certainly had an up and down effect on soil temperatures which control how the turf plants grow.
Check out these 2 short videos from the USGA on Putting Green Etiquette and Divot Repair
As most of the snow has melted from the golf courses the race has begun to get the courses cleaned up from the winter and ready for another exciting golf season. There are many different jobs that have to be accomplished in order to get the golf courses open for play with great conditions.
The 2017 golf season might not be in full swing, but we have certainly received an early preview courtesy of a mild winter to date from mother nature. It has been great to see many of you out on the golf courses over the past week.
This past week we continued to make improvements to hole # 4 on the West. We added river rock to the creek bed we created down the left side of the hole. We have also started what will become an aggressive sanding program on the fairway. Along with the new drainage, the sand will help create a firmer surface.
The mild temperatures this January have given the turf team the opportunity to start building new sand bins to store bunker sand and topdressing. The bins will help prevent the different sands from becoming contaminated as well as give the left of 6 East a cleaner appearance.