A good portion of the Grounds department's budget is spent on chemicals and fertilizers that are applied to the greens, tees, fairways and roughs. Most of the chemical applications that are made are in effort to prevent fungi and diseases from damaging the turf and affecting playing conditions. Fungi are ever present in the soil, the goal is to keep them in check. Sometimes a fungus has a breakthrough and shows itself, then we go into a curative approach and minimize the damage. A few weeks ago a fungus called Waitea Patch showed itself on a few greens. This is not a damaging fungus unless left unchecked for an extended period of time (weeks). The only problem this fungus causes is unsightly yellow rings, it doesn't kill the turf or effect ball roll. Here are some pictures of the fungus and the healing process.