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Golf Course News

The weather this spring and summer has provided great opportunity to enjoy what Wildwood Golf Club has to offer.  Despite plenty of sunny days, timely rain showers have posed a few questions regarding what players can do to minimize cart impact during wet weather.  Overall, the course can manage even the most severe rain events via current drainage and cart path locations.  In areas where cart paths are not readily accessible or convenient, avoiding tight turns that take the wheel beyond the 10:00 and 2:00 positions is the best practice.  Driving with the intent of “keeping the wheels pointed forward” minimalizes torsional stress on wet turf susceptible to damage.   
Thank you to the golfers who have actively utilized the divot mix containers available on the golf carts.  Bottle refill stations will be made available at certain points throughout the course for those of us who create more divots than we care to admit.  Generally, it is best to replace the displaced turf to the divot; lightly sprinkling the divot mix along the seam of the replaced turf is a huge help as it will encourage heathy reestablishment of the fairway.    If the turf is not physically viable, refilling the divot with the provided mix and then smoothing it with the sole of your shoe to the elevation of the surrounding turf will ensure expedited recovery of the site.  Thanks to the efforts of the divoters and divotees, our fairways are looking and playing tight, and the Wildwood Golf Club Grounds Staff can devote labor typically tasked with replacing divots to more value added efforts throughout the property. 
A great way to encourage health and vigor of the range tee is to follow a linear divot path instead of scattering divots throughout the hitting station.  A linear path encourages more vigorous lateral growth, by reducing the surface area required to regenerate. 

Keeping the course lush and green is just one of the many seasonal objectives for the Wildwood Greens Staff.  An important component of any irrigation program is the ability to hand water.  While the in ground “Pop up” irrigation units provide a general baseline for our turf water needs, close monitoring and site specific watering is necessary as different topographical features as well as varying soil physics can lead to wide swings in water needs, even within a relatively small surface.  Safety of our crew members is always a priority; hitting into an employee unaware of your presence is not advised. Employees are instructed to avoid golfers by working on areas of the course that are not heavily populated with play.  In addition to facing the tee of the hole they are working, employees are instructed to acknowledge play, and place themselves in a safe position respective to ball flight.  When in doubt, yelling “Fore!” will get the employee’s attention, allowing play to proceed. 
In addition to the aesthetic improvements seen around the Club campus this spring, Wildflower patches have been established in low traffic areas well outside the corridor of play.  These areas include, left of the path leading from 4 green to 5 tee complex, right and left of 9 men’s tee, 16 tee, as well as the beds surrounding the bridge on 15.  Some areas like the bridge at 15 have really taken off, while others will take some time as they establish during the summer months.  Soon colorful displays will dot these areas enhancing their appeal. 
Please feel free to contact me via email, tfisher@wildwoodgolfclub.org or by phone 412-518-8384, if you have questions about these or any other topics throughout the grounds and course.  Also, check out our Instagram page @wgc_greens or search #wildwoodgolfclub.  See you on the course!