May 10, 2012
Here is a follow up on a post from March 12 about a late seeding of bentgrass on tees in the Chicago area. My son Tim is a superintendent there at Makray golf club there. He seeded the tee in the first picture below on Oct. 25, 2011 and covered it. He had great results and nearly complete cover on March 12 when he pulled off the covers.
Pictures 2, 3, and 4 below are of new tees seeded on March 12. All 4 pictures were taken on May 10. He is planning on opening them May 11 for play. In a normal year, I tell people that if they get bentgrass seed in my mid-September, they will probably have to wait until early June to open. If we keep getting these mild winters and warm springs, I may have to change that recommendation.
Picture 1. Tee seeded on Oct. 25, 2011.
Pictures 2, 3, and 4 were seeded this spring on March 12. All tees will go into play on May 11.