Well it has been another week of visiting my interns as part of the Penn State Golf Course Management Program. This round of visits took me to Palm Springs, Vail, Denver, Holyoke, and two golf courses in Idaho.
As a pathologist, one of the things that always bothers me about visiting the West Coast is the lack of diseases. This trip was no different. Basically all I saw on the golf courses that I visited were a few cases of fairy ring, one case of brown ring patch, and an unusual organism that is feeding on moss (more on this in a future post).
The biggest thing thing I see as a challenge to golf course superintendents in this region is water management more than any other pest problem. They also have quite a bit of weeds to contend with and for the northern courses voles did some extensive damage.
Weather continues to be a primary factor in managing golf courses in the different regions I visited. Almost everywhere it was hot and dry with the temperatures being around 105° at El Dorado country club in Palm Springs to a near miss direct hit from a tornado at Ballyneal Golf Club. The trip was rounded out by morning temperatures in the 40’s in Idaho. The bottom line…diseases are generally not an issue in this region.
Take a look below at some of the pictures that highlight my recent trip to the West Coast.
Tornado? Just strong winds I think.