Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE FAT LADY IS GETTING READY TO SING

 As the saying goes the show is not over until the fat lady sings.  So lets just say she is warming up for the finally.   The Greens and Grounds staff is now down to its hearty few who will brave the cold and keep the course as playable as possible and ready the equipment and grounds for next season.  Let me take this opportunity to thank the rest of the staff on a successful season.  With out these people we would not have the course we enjoy so much.   "THANKS GUYS". 

Before the final curtain comes down we continue to spend most of our time picking up or removing leaves.   We need to apply our winter plant protectants, top-dress greens, continue our Belgium Block installation and a few other miscellaneous tasks.    The following are a few pictures that were taken last week. 
The  Kitchen staff is busy prepping for the big day.   Well over a hundred diners and more than 20 turkeys well be served at the thanksgiving feast tomorrow.

Adding some block along path by nine ladies tee.
Blue Birds hang around all winter.   Nice to spot one posing for a picture.    

Frosty morning work,  time to bring in the Bunker rakes for a winter spruce up. 

Installing a drain to the left of 10 green to catch run off from melting snows.  
I had the pleasure to meet "Mr. Monarch".  Dr. "Chip" Taylor on my recent trip to Kansas.   Dr Taylor is the founder of Monarch watch a  program run by the University of Kansas dedicated to the protection and education for Monarchs.  We are  working with the USGA and Audubon International to get golf courses involved  in providing more habitat.  For more info. go to Monarchwatch.org.  
Well said Mr. Palmer!!!!
Our 2017 Greens and Grounds staff.  Thank you gents for a job well done.   Everyone have a great Thanksgiving.



















Saturday, November 11, 2017

WHAT FROST?

 It was 23 degrees when I got to work.  A record setting low.  But where is the frost?  
Doesn't look any like frost. 
May be a little here?  
We have what I call a "Black Frost" this morning.   Its hard to see.  One of the tell tale signs is when you step on it,  It does not spring back.  A sure sigh of a problem.   What you can't show in a picture is it actually has a crunchy nose when stepped on.   This kind of frost can really damage grass if walked or driven on.   We will be extra cautious today and make sure this is gone before we open the course for play.  
On another note work has started on the new patio expansion.  
The putting green will remain closed for the rest of the season to avoid everyone walking across it.  To access the pro shop Please walk around the green.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

POST HALLOWEEN

Early November and we still have not had a real hard frost.  I am not complaining but the grass is still growing and the leaves are falling.  We are doing double duty with mowing and sweeping.  Glad to announce that most of the sodding is finished.  As time allows we will start placing the Belgium Block around selective areas next to cart paths.  This will add some "polish" to our paths. 

I am not sure if Benny is smiling because this is his last piece of sod or he is just a happy employee.  Either way works for me.   
This time of year worms become an issue.   Last week I was asked if we were letting the fairways grow a little.   I had to say that they are longer,  but not intentionally.   We are trying to mow in the afternoons when the grass is dry to avoid pancaking the worm casts.  When they are dry they tend to break up. If they are wet they turn to mud and can smother the turf.  Because the days are so short the grass doesn't dry until late in the day.  That doesn't give us a lot of time.  Unfortunately sometimes we are forced to cut when the grass is wet just to get them mowed.  
Sorry about the clubhouse area looking a little messy.  We are getting ready for the construction.  Large plants have been removed.  Smaller perennials and shrubs are being relocated around the clubhouse.   

And finally a fitting end to October-----Trick or Treat?    

Monday, October 23, 2017

A BUSY DAY

A Deep - Tine: Dry Ject Day.  As soon as we could see we were on the putting green making sure everything was in working order.   Actually the Club House lights helped us gain a few minutes.   The following are some pictures to show the process.   All the greens are finished.  Considering all that was done, ball roll is very good after this procedure. 
Started at the crack of dawn.   Going to be a long day.  
Work in progress.
This is the Verti-Drain machine with needle tines.  We were going down about 7.5 inches.  





Dry - Ject Machine uses water to inject sand into the profile.  We were getting the sand down about 5 inches.
Close up view.  


Final product after brushing and rolling.  


Close up view of final product.   Ball Roll is not bad all things considered.  By the weekend you should hardly be able to tell we did anything.  Everyone will sleep good tonight.  





Finally,   We released our last tagged Monarch Butterfly this past Saturday.   Hope she makes it to Mexico in one piece.