Superintendent Update: Spring Transition Reminder

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


As hard as it is to believe, summer is very near. It will not be long before the 100 degree temps will be here to stay. With that been said I would like to remind everyone we will begin our transition between winter Rye and Bermuda at the end of the month (April).

What are we doing?
We will be spraying a herbicide on the Winter Rye grass at the end of this month (April).

The herbicide will gradually eliminate the Winter Rye while allowing the Bermuda grass to take over and prevail.

What should we expect?
The transformation will take between two and three weeks. During that period, there will be areas on the golf course that will look stressed or dry.  As the transformation is occurring we will water heavier than normal to increase the growth of Bermuda grass. We will then follow up the process with two fertilizer applications a few weeks apart to push the Bermuda grass even harder.

Can’t this wait until June when everyone is gone?
As stated in the USGA agronomical report, waiting until June would decrease the amount of healthy Bermuda grass that would return, forcing us to deal with bear spots and sod work. 

This “transition” practice has been adopted by many courses in the valley. We used it last year and saw great results with it. I anticipate us having an even better transition. I truly appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation and hope you enjoy the rest of the spring.

David Escobedo GCS

WBVGC Superintendent, David Escobedo and the Irish Open

Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

WBVGC is mighty lucky to have David Escobedo as our Course Superintendent!  We can look at our beautiful courses and see the results of his crew’s hard work and David’s “know how”.  We are not the only ones who recognize David’s many talents.

TurfNet scours the world for the best Course Superintendents to find the few who meet the qualifications and talent to get an invitation as a guest Superintendent for the European Tour’s Irish Open.  This year, the Irish Open will be at Portstewart Golf Club, Portstewart, Ireland.  

This is no golf vacation.  Those selected can expect to work from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. getting the course ready for, and during, the big event. And they go proudly, so they can rub elbows with the elite of their craft, not to mention the top golfers in Europe.

David is one of only two Superintendents selected to represent the Southwest. Desert Highland’s Superintendent in Scottsdale is the second.

David has been in the golf greens and grounds world for over 35 years.  He started when he was 15 years old.  His first 12 years were at The Springs Country Club in Mirage, California.  In 1996, he moved to Arizona to work at the Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale. From there he worked at the Palmbrook Country Club from 2002-2012.  And then we were able to bring his experience and talent to WBVGC.

David’s trip to Ireland begins June 29 and ends on July 10.  TurfNet covers most of the expenses, however, airfare and personal expenses are not covered!  To that end, WBVGC would like to lend a hand.  If you, or your golfing group, would like to help in the expenses, look for the “drop box” in either Pro Shop from 6 – 31 April.  Let’s show David how proud we are of his selection for this prestigious honor and for all he has done for us!

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