Mar 28, 2019 - 10:04 am CDT

Putting Green

Overseed, either rye grass seed or Poa Trivialis grass seed, for the City courses is typically planted in early October through November and will be the putting surface through spring. We have overseeded greens at Lions, Hancock, Jimmy Clay and Roy Kizer. We did not overseed greens at Morris Williams, Grey Rock, or the Joe Balander short course.

Bermuda grass will go dormant (still grows but very slowly) during the winter months and will start to strengthen about this time of year. Transition of the Bermuda grass will largely depend on rainfall and temperatures. We could have a very warm spring and the overseeded greens will start to struggle and hopefully the Bermuda will wake up out of that dormancy about the same time. Rarely do those coincide in the maintenance world and without question this is something the maintenance team is focused on most days during the spring.   

One more layer that we often see is the emergence of Poa Annua grass that thrives in these early spring conditions. The Poa Annua grass is often used in other parts of the country for greens with cooler climates, more commonly seen on California courses like Pebble Beach. Poa Annua grass often has a lighter color and seeds out creating inconsistent patches on the greens. Controlling the Poa Annua often results in losing the winter overseed and if your Bermuda is not ready to thrive, you cannot focus on controlling the Poa Annua grass. Both the winter overseed and those other non-desirable grasses will generally start to burn out when temperatures reach into the 90’s and more importantly, your night temperatures move into the upper 60’s to 70’s.

While the greens we did not overseed (Grey Rock and Morris Williams) will not struggle as much with Poa Annua grass, they will still see some impact during this time of year.

In a perfect world for the non-overseeded greens, we would have an earlier spring and a quick warm up, bringing the Bermuda out of sleep time; however the overseeded courses thrive on a slower transition to spring.

The short story is we have lots going on and each course is different. The climate at Lions is not the same at Roy Kizer. Incredibly, the climate at Jimmy Clay is often not the same at Roy Kizer. They all will transition differently and it’s just part of the process of maintaining greens in Central Texas.

Some may ask why not overseed all or not overseed any. That is largely dependent on the health of the Bermuda grass at each location and how cold the course might get. What is somewhat crazy is we could be on average 5 degrees colder at Jimmy Clay than at Morris Williams. Not to mention the age of the greens at Lions versus Morris Williams are drastically different.

Lots to take in and more that could have could have been written so don’t hesitate to stop and ask the ones that really kow the information, your golf course Superintendent.

May 23, 2018 - 04:00 pm CDT

Parade of golf carts driving onto carts  Players on Driving Range  

 

The Austin golf season is in full swing and with that tournaments and events hosted at the City courses. UIL has just concluded and the busy Memorial Day weekend is ahead. We have several tournaments booked for the first Saturday in June, golfers looking to play on 6/2 should contact Morris Williams for tee times at 512-974-8333 and Clay and Kizer will have afternoon tee times available, call 512-974-4653. Aerfiication of the courses will start in June, check our Golf ATX Facebook page and Twitter feed for aerifying date and course notices.

Jan 10, 2018 - 01:02 pm CST

Golf ATX Flagstick

 

New Resident Card Program

City of Austin residents who purchase a Golf ATX Resident card receive a discount off green fees and merchandise. Residents also receive a discount off Golf ATX memberships.

To purchase a resident card you must be a City of Austin resident. Resident cards are $5.00 annually and available for purchase at Lions, Clay/Kizer or Morris Williams.

 

Golf ATX or Grey Rock member, Austin residents, will receive a discount on annual Golf ATX and Grey Rock member programs.

Resident card is valid from January 1st through December 31st, 2018.  Card not valid for any other discounted round, or program.  Cards are non-transferrable.

Aug 22, 2017 - 09:32 am CDT

Morris Williams overhead

 

October is the time of year when we overseed the Golf ATX courses over a 2 week period. 

In golf, "overseeding" refers to a maintenance process on the golf course in which grass seed is spread on top of the existing Bermuda grass to promote new growth while the summer seasonal turf slows growth, or goes dormant during the winter. This process provides a supplemental grass to encourage uniformity of putting and adds color to the dormant green and allows a living and growing turf grass through the cooler time of year. In most cases, courses that plant overseed will play more of the year on overseed than the Bermuda grass green. 

With this process, comes sand on the green to allow the plant to germinate and a more uniform surface. The courses will add sand to smooth the surfaces and you should expect slower putting conditions. It is necessary to allow the new overseed plant to establish before mowing and manicuring.  With normal conditions, courses will begin regular mowing and slowly increasing the cut over the two weeks following the overseeding process.

We will be overseeding the Golf ATX courses on the following days:

  • October 2-3 Jimmy Clay
  • October 4-5 Lions
  • October 11-12 Morris Williams
  • October 16-17 Roy Kizer & Hancock

Please be patient with us during this transition as we manage this process and work to provide great playing conditions for the next several months.  Thank you

May 23, 2018 - 04:00 pm CDT

Parade of golf carts driving onto carts  Players on Driving Range  

 

The Austin golf season is in full swing and with that tournaments and events hosted at the City courses. UIL has just concluded and the busy Memorial Day weekend is ahead. We have several tournaments booked for the first Saturday in June, golfers looking to play on 6/2 should contact Morris Williams for tee times at 512-974-8333 and Clay and Kizer will have afternoon tee times available, call 512-974-4653. Aerfiication of the courses will start in June, check our Golf ATX Facebook page and Twitter feed for aerifying date and course notices.

The Tee Sheet
Jan 10, 2018 - 01:02 pm CST

Golf ATX Flagstick

 

New Resident Card Program

City of Austin residents who purchase a Golf ATX Resident card receive a discount off green fees and merchandise. Residents also receive a discount off Golf ATX memberships.

To purchase a resident card you must be a City of Austin resident. Resident cards are $5.00 annually and available for purchase at Lions, Clay/Kizer or Morris Williams.

 

Golf ATX or Grey Rock member, Austin residents, will receive a discount on annual Golf ATX and Grey Rock member programs.

Resident card is valid from January 1st through December 31st, 2018.  Card not valid for any other discounted round, or program.  Cards are non-transferrable.

The Tee Sheet
Aug 22, 2017 - 09:32 am CDT

Morris Williams overhead

 

October is the time of year when we overseed the Golf ATX courses over a 2 week period. 

In golf, "overseeding" refers to a maintenance process on the golf course in which grass seed is spread on top of the existing Bermuda grass to promote new growth while the summer seasonal turf slows growth, or goes dormant during the winter. This process provides a supplemental grass to encourage uniformity of putting and adds color to the dormant green and allows a living and growing turf grass through the cooler time of year. In most cases, courses that plant overseed will play more of the year on overseed than the Bermuda grass green. 

With this process, comes sand on the green to allow the plant to germinate and a more uniform surface. The courses will add sand to smooth the surfaces and you should expect slower putting conditions. It is necessary to allow the new overseed plant to establish before mowing and manicuring.  With normal conditions, courses will begin regular mowing and slowly increasing the cut over the two weeks following the overseeding process.

We will be overseeding the Golf ATX courses on the following days:

  • October 2-3 Jimmy Clay
  • October 4-5 Lions
  • October 11-12 Morris Williams
  • October 16-17 Roy Kizer & Hancock

Please be patient with us during this transition as we manage this process and work to provide great playing conditions for the next several months.  Thank you

The Tee Sheet