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Heritage Park Golf Course Replacing Rye with Zoysia
POSTED: 06/10/2002
Work was expected to begin in mid-June on a project which will replace portions of the rye grass at the Heritage Park Golf Course, 16445 Lackman Road, Olathe, with more heat-tolerant zoysia sod.

Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Bill Cobb was authorized earlier this year to purchase up to five acres of zoysia grass for HPGC.

About three years ago, work was started on stripping in zoysia in HPGC's fairways, with mixed results.

The new strategy will involve stripping out existing sod and laying in a total of 42 plots of zoysia measuring 20-by-30 yards each in the landing areas of 13 of the course's holes. Six-foot strips of the existing rye will be left between the new plots.

"As it's taking root, golfers will be able to hit off of the existing turf, then once the zoysia starts taking off, we'll allow them to hit off of it and it will fill in those gaps over time," Cobb said.

This year, efforts will concentrate on par 4 and 5 holes. Work was expected to start June 24. It is anticipated the zoysia will establish itself about three weeks after being laid in.

"We're trying to improve summer conditions during July and August where we've lost grass in the past," Cobb said.

Zoysia is preferable to rye, Cobb said, because it requires less water, thrives under hot humid conditions, and has less fungus problems.

The JCPRD's other golf course, Tomahawk Hills Golf Course, 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee, started the switchover to zoysia about seven years ago and is largely complete.

For more information, call the Heritage Park Golf Course at 829-4653.

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