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2017 February Newsletter

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Come See Us At The Denver Golf Expo
February 10-12
Come to the golf expo and visit us in booth 215.  Our booth will have all of our event schedules, course programming information, current rates, and much more.  We will also be having a drawing for the last round playing the traditional layout at City Park.  Come join the fun!
Denver Mart Pavilion & Plaza
February 10-12
Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

451 East 58th Avenue, Denver, 80216
Yoga For Golf At Willis Case
Willis Case will continue their Yoga For Golf classes in 2017.  Classes are   drop-in, every Thursday night at 6 pm.
Buy the Come Play Pass for your Sweetheart!
On Sale Now!

This is a great gift for the golfer in your life. Twenty (20) 9-hole rounds.  9-hole rounds can be combined for 18-hole rounds. To buy or see more information click below.
        Buy Now         
Overland Park specials 
2016 closeouts now available on last years selections. 
Demo clubs on sale.  Purchase lightly used clubs at over 50% off of retail.  Available for a limited time.  
Indoor practice facility available at Overland, complete with launch monitor and simulated driving range.  You can schedule your winter lessons or practice any day! Contact the Pro Shop for details.
Overland Park is now  home to the K-Vest Body Motion Education system, one of the few in Colorado.  Call the shop today to schedule your kinematic assessment!  For information on K-Vest please visit

Group lesson series to start in April
Get 6 weeks of full swing or short game lessons for a low price coming to a Denver Golf Course near you.  Certified PGA and LPGA instruction.  Come back for refreshers all summer long.  Call your nearest pro shop to get schedule and registration information.


The mission of The First Tee of Denver is to educate and inspire youth
academically, socially, and physically through the game of golf.
Spring Class Registration
open now! 
The First Tee Of Denver Junior Golf Classes start in April for kids as young as 4 years of age.  Classes are located at Denver Courses all around the Metro Area.  For more information or to register, click below.
           Register Today!           

Capital Improvements

Willis Case gets new on-course bathrooms in January

Kennedy sidewalk construction in progress.  Moving Utilities underground.

Harvard Gulch - 2017 - Early 2018 New irrigation system and pond renovation

Wellshire irrigation pond, booster pump and irrigation system - Construction Late 2017- Early 2018

Golf Course Winterkill
By Scott Ellis
Superintendent, Wellshire Golf Course
Even though the golf course has finally stopped growing, the stress for a Golf Course Superintendent does not stop. With the winter comes the threat of winterkill of the turfgrass. “Winterkill” is a general term that is used to define turf loss during the winter.
Winterkill can be caused by a combination of factors including crown hydration, desiccation, low temperatures, ice sheets and snow mold. Because of the unpredictability of environmental factors and differences in other factors such as surface drainage, the occurrence of winterkill on golf courses is variable and can vary greatly between golf courses and even across the same course.
Crown Hydration
In general, annual bluegrass (Poa annua) greens are the most susceptible to crown hydration injury. During the warm days of late winter, annual bluegrass plants start to take up water (hydrate). Potential for injury exists when a day or two of warm daytime temperatures in late winter is followed by a rapid freeze. The most common time for winterkill associated with crown hydration and refreezing to occur is during the late winter and early spring when there is snowmelt or rainfall and then refreezing of the water that has not drained away. Crown hydration is a problem during these events because ice crystal can form in the crown of the plant, rupture the plant cells and ultimately cause the plant to die.
Annual bluegrass is more susceptible to crown hydration injury than creeping bentgrass because it emerges from dormancy and begins taking up water. Creeping bentgrass remains dormant longer and, therefore, does not take up water and is not as susceptible to crown hydration injury during the late winter. For this reason, all City golf courses have instituted aggressive overseeding to establish better stands of bentgrass in our greens.
Winter desiccation is the death of leaves or plants by drying during winter when the plant is either dormant or semidormant. Desiccation injury is usually greatest on exposed or elevated sites and areas where surface runoff is great. Winter watering is essential during dry periods to prevent this type of injury.
Low Temperature Kill
Low-temperature kill is caused by ice crystal formation at temperatures below 32 degrees F. Factors that affect low-temperature kill include hardiness level, freezing rate, thawing rate, number of times frozen and post thawing treatment. Soil temperature is more critical than air temperature for low-temperature kill because the crown of the plant is in the soil. Snow cover helps to insulate the turf and prevent low temperature kill.
Ice Damage
In the Colorado front range and foothills, the formation of ice on the greens can be extremely dangerous for the turf. As ice sheets form with mid-winter freeze and thaw cycles, they create a barrier to the release of toxic gases which accumulate at surface of the green. Somewhere between 75-90 days of ice cover, these gases will kill annual bluegrass.
 Snow Mold
When people think of winterkill, they probably are thinking mostly of snow mold. The two diseases commonly called snow mold are gray snow mold and pink snow mold. Gray snow mold requires extended periods of snow cover; pink snow mold can occur either with or without snow cover. While it is the most well-known injury, it is normally not a problem in the Front Range. Preventative fungicide applications made in the fall as well as limited snow cover normally limit the damage from this type of injury.
Reestablishing turfgrass in damaged areas can be very challenging in the spring because of the cool, cloudy conditions that often persist. Depending on the extent of damage, either seeding or sodding may be necessary to facilitate recovery. Keys to success for renovating winterkilled areas are to divert traffic from newly seeded areas, apply light fertilizer applications to stimulate growth, and irrigate to ensure that the seedbed or sod is moist throughout the establishment period. Increased aerification on affected areas has also been successful for us.
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