This year’s annual Andover Cup Golf Tournament was a total success! Thank you to our members and guests for participating in this year’s tournament. We hope you enjoyed the 3 full days of events and are excited to see what we have in store for next year.
Please enjoy our photo gallery from this year’s golf tournament!
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Last year’s drought caused a great deal of damage to not only golf courses, but lawns as well. Andover Country Club Golf Course Superintendent, Wayne LaCroix, shares his simple care plan to help your lawn recover from drought damage.
Lawn Drought Recovery Care
Very few lawns were left untouched by the damage done by the drought and the water restrictions. These conditions allowed for weed seed, dandelion, crabgrass, and other unwanted weeds to take hold of lawns. If damaged areas haven’t been reseeded or replaced with sod, they should be done as soon as possible.
Your lawn care plan should start in early spring. Sometime during April is when you should treat your lawn with a fertilizer that has a crabgrass control component.
The next step is to use a weed & feed fertilizer. This can be done any time between the first week of May and the second week of June. In some cases, it can be done later, but not this year!
The third step is to fertilize your lawn with a fertilizer that has grub and insect control. Ideally this should be done during the first week of July, but can be done any time between the second week of June through July.
In early September, you should use a slow release fertilizer that has no phosphorous and is a minimum of 50%-75% slow release.
During the fall, around mid-October, you should fertilize again with a fertilizer that is a 25-50% slow release.
Lastly, around the end of November, you should test your soil to determine how much lime you will need. Generally, you will need 10-25lbs per 1,000 square feet.
A simple way to remember the majority of application dates is to work them around the holidays.
Passover – Easter
Father’s Day to Independence Day
Andover Country Club features an 18-hole championship course originally conceived and adapted to the natural contour of the land by course architect, W.H. Follet and completed upon his death by the famed designer Donald Ross.
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The USGA and R&A have implemented two new rules that have the golf world buzzing. These rules come after Lexi Thompson lost in the first LPGA major of the season. A fan called in a potential infraction and it was determined that she was in violation of improperly replacing her marked ball and not returning the ball to its original spot. She was assessed a two shot penalty for this.
The first of the two new rules states call-ins will still be allowed and that “the use of video technology can make it possible to identify things that could not be seen with the naked eye.” This standard does not mean that those players who receive more airtime will then be held to a higher standard. Players will not be penalized for infractions if the committee determines that the infraction was not clearly seen by the naked eye and the player was not otherwise aware of the infraction. Even if a video shows an infraction, if it was not clearly visible by the naked eye and the player was unaware then the player will not be assessed a penalty.
The second rule states that players cannot be held to the same degree of precision that video technology would provide. This “applies when a player determines a spot, point, position, line, area, distance or other location in applying the Rules.” It is this rule that applies to Thompson. A player’s judgement will be accepted as long as their actions can be considered reasonably expected under the given circumstances even if a later video review shows otherwise.
You can click here to read the full article from the USGA on this matter.
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