The Rec Centers would like to pass along the following message to the community from our Environmental Services Manager concerning this year’s transition period from winter ryegrass to summer bermudagrass.

Each year the golf courses go through a transition period from winter ryegrass to summer bermudagrass. This usually starts during the month of May and can last through July.

The older golf courses such as Pebblebrook, *Grandview, Stardust and Echo Mesa have what is called common bermudagrass. This type of grass tends to have a slower recovery period during transition.

The newer courses – Trail Ridge, Deer Valley and Desert Trails – have 328-Tifgreen, which normally transitions better than the common bermudagrass.

This year’s transition has been more challenging than previous years due to the weather we’ve had this summer. The month of May included cooler than average temperatures that favored the winter ryegrass and contributed to a delayed transition start for the summer bermudagrass. The month of June then brought high humidity while also going down as the hottest June on record. The high humidity and temperatures resulted in the winter ryegrass being killed off before the summer bermuda could fill in those areas.

We are happy to share that the worst of this year’s transition period is behind us now and members should start seeing improvement on the golf courses over the next several weeks. Staff will continue to push along and address transition areas through fertilization, spot watering, aerification and sodding areas as needed.

This is always a challenging time for our superintendents and their staff. We appreciate your patience as we strive to give our members the best year-round conditions possible.

*We would like to take this time and address some concerns and rumors that last year’s irrigation project at Grandview is contributing to the tough transition this summer. That is not the case. The new irrigation system at Grandview is working perfectly fine and has been a great improvement over the previous system. The tough transition at Grandview has been due to the weather we’ve experienced this summer, as stated in the message above.

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