The first day of fall has passed and cooler overnight temperatures are on the way.
For the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, 19803 N. R.H. Johnson Blvd., Environmental Services Manager Todd Patty shared during The Rec Center show on 103.1 KSCW Sept. 22 with host Gary Coehn, the change in weather means preparing golf courses for a peak season, starting with over-seeding.
On Sept. 24, four golf courses including Pebblebrook, 18836 N. 128th Ave., Grandview, 14260 W. Meeker Blvd., Echo Mesa, 20349 N. Echo Mesa Dr., and Desert Trails, 22525 N. Executive Way, will close for a four-week period, with a reopening date of Oct. 20 for over-seeding.
“It was tough summer with the heat in July and August, which were some of the hottest months on record and with just under half an inch of rain on the courses this year, it is the driest I have even seen it,” Mr. Patty said. “The golf course irrigation systems were off for one day, which is unusual because when we get a good monsoon rain we can keep it off from three to five days and it was a real challenge this year.”
Mr. Patty said another challenge was trying to maintain each course with a staffing shortage throughout the entire summer, which had the courses down 34 employees. Now, the courses are down 19, which he says is a positive thing.
RCSCW General Manager Bill Schwind said between the seven golf courses operated by RCSCW, close to 300,000 rounds of golf are played.
“It is hard when it comes to finding proper tee times when people want them and we ask for patience and understaing as we try to make courses and tee times available when you want to go play,” he said.
Mr. Patty explained the weather of over-seeding will soon be just about right. Temperatures have to be right around 100 and then cool off to the 70’s at night, which is ideal. He said the biggest fear is having it get too cold and then the grass will not germinate.
“It’s a tight window and challenging. The overseeding period is the second or third week of October and since we have to cram seven courses in we are forced to go early,” he said.
Looking ahead, the seeing will be spread for two to three days, Mr. Patty said and then water starts at first thing in the morning and goes until dark.