Heavy Rains Impact Course Conditions in South Florida

Is it ever going to stop raining? Many golf courses in South Florida have just been hammered with heavy rains this summer. Here in Miami, we have received all of our yearly rain fall by October 5th. I have been hearing rain fall totals over 70 and 80 inches in this area. Naples is coming in around 45 inches and Palm Beach in the mid 70’s. It’s incredible to think that other parts of the United States are still feeling the grip of the summer drought.

According to the latest USGA Green Section report, many courses are feeling the affects of a variety of turfgrass diseases. Courses with Champion Bermudagrass greens are in the roughest shape. Bermudagrass decline and pythium have been discovered and are actively being treated. Tifeagle and MiniVerde are not much better. Aggressive topdressing and spray programs are being used to battle out breaks of algae and thinning turf on the edges of greens.
Tifeagle Green in Miami after 70 inches of rain by Eric J. von Hofen
The Farmers Almanac is forecasting a wet and cold winter for the Southeast and above normal temperatures for the West Coast of the United States. For all of us turf managers, I hope they are wrong.

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