August 3, 2020
Dear Sidney and Area Golfers:
As you know the last couple of weeks, the golf course has had some issues with the greens and some of the edges of fairways. The greens have suffered some brown areas that are a fungus related growth. They are unsightly not only to you but myself and staff. Needless to say, there have been a combination of circumstances that have caused this, but ultimately it comes down to my responsibility as the golf operations director. I apologize for these conditions and please understand that I am working with Kris Johnson, Greens Superintendent, and his staff to correct this issue. We have applied a fungicide last Tuesday and will be applying another application this Tuesday, August 4th, along with a strong fertilizer to promote growth and repair of those areas. In addition, we will be applying a green dye to the greens to help speed the repair process, promote more plant photosynthesis, and obviously make the greens look more presentable than they are currently.
The fairway edges got a brown starting in late June. We had a sprinkler control panel go down in late June and did not receive a replacement from the sprinkler company until 6 days later. With that the hills and edges of the fairways suffered from lack of water for those days. And, of course, there was a very hot stretch of weather without any rain. We are balancing trying to water them back to green and health condition without overwatering the rest of the fairways on each hole. We will be looking to aerify fairways again in the fall as they have not had enough thatch and compaction relief over the last 10 to 15 years.
We appreciate your patience as we rectify these course issues and please know that we are sorry for the inconvenience of the current situation. Please note that you can speak to me any time about course conditions. I am your golf operations director, and want to hear from you with any concerns. My phone number at the golf shop is 254-2311 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Kilbride, PGA
Golf Operations Director
Hillside Golf Course