Blogging about Golf Course Maintenance at Westmount Golf & CC
Friday, May 11, 2012
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The picture above is a screen shot from an iPhone app called Sunseeker. The red line shows the path of the sun on June 20th which is the longest day of the year when the sun is highest in the sky. The yellow line shows the path of the sun today. The green line is the horizon. I am standing in the middle of the 11th green to get these readings. As you can see, the trees we removed on the front right of the green were clearly blocking the morning sun even on June 20th, the longest day of the year. Morning sun is important because photosynthesis stops at higher temperatures. While this app isn't as sophisticated as the shade study we did last year, it can certainly give me an idea of the sunlight situation on each of our greens. If you have an iPhone, it could also be useful around your house to help determine where to plant gardens and assist with placement of decks, etc.