Sunday, June 19, 2016

HAPPY FATHERS DAY, AND A SUCCESSFUL COMMEMORATIVE

Happy fathers day to all the dad's.   Yesterday, was the final day of our Men's Member -Guest.   Congratulations to the flight winners and the over all champions Mr. Lamia and his Guest Mr. Mora.
Great day for the finals of the Men's Member Guest.  


Congratulations to Mr. Lamia and Mr. Mora:   Over-all champs!!!!

Congratulations also to this years Honoree.  Mr. John Anderson.  Mr. Anderson  become a member in 1990.  He was a member of the Board of Governors from 1999 through 2004, Serving at various times as Finance Chair, Treasurer, Admissions and Membership Chair,  President (2002-2003) and Vice President.    

Pictured from let to right a very distinguished group.  Mr. Dipilla, Mr. Daly,  Mr Anderson, Mr. Erdman,, Mr. Lever Jr. and Mr. Milona. Combined they have over 100 years of  club membership,  24 years of  Board service and 3 presidency's.  



We had a rough start to the tournament:   We started work on Friday morning only to see this river on 9 green and fairway.   Turns out there was a water main break on the road and it was running onto the course.   We Immediately contacted the water company and they came  and shut off the water just in time for tee off.   If # 9 green was a little slower, you know why.   Always something to have to deal with.   

At least the water ran in to the pond. Which.....




Helps with our water supply.  The Pond  is pretty low for this time of year.   Hope to get some rain pretty soon.  
















Friday, June 3, 2016

A BUSY WEEK


I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day.   Saturday and Sunday were spectacular and Monday, well it could have been much worse.   We were pretty wet in the morning but were able to have carts scattering on most of the course by the afternoon.   We did need the rain.  It has been quite dry and it was down right hot a few days ago.  
This week we finished edging and checking sand depths.  We have found that maintaining  4 inches of sand above the sub-surface keeps the bunkers consistent and helps with buried lies. 
we seeded a meadow mix to the left of 8 tees.  For the first season we are going to maintain the area at 8 to 10 inches tall.  this will help keep out weeds, and  allow light to reach the soil for the perennials to grow.  
We added cereal grain to the seed mix .   It is a annual type of grass used to stabilize the soil. The trick here is you don't want it to re-seed.  Marcos and Tony are trimming off the seed heads.  Another reason to maintain the area at 10 inches.

Over the years we have had complaints about the 13 tee surrounds looking ugly.  We just finished seeded a wild flower mix.Tony is raking in the seed.  We are hoping to have some germination by the member guest later
this month.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BUSY MAY

May is a busy month for the staff.  The grass starts growing.  Good thing Right? You bet!! but that mean's mowing and more mowing.  We also have to plant the flowers at the pool for the Memorial Day weekend.  We apply our Crabgrass and Japanese Beetle Grub controls.  Top-dress and  Verti-cut the greens.  Edge and check sand depths in all of the bunkers and Fertilize Greens, Tees, Fairways, and Roughs. So we can mow again.  Don't take this the wrong way,  May is my favorite time of year.  Mother Nature comes alive.  

Manuel edging the bunker on 10,  We have about half the course finished.  



Mom must be feeding her well.   She is getting really big.  

So!!!! you clean out the barn so you have room to store the tractor indoors and.............


The staff says:  boss we can't move the tractor.  There is a birds nest on the tire!!!


Good thing we don't need the tractor any time soon.   Mother Robin would be very upset with us.   


A couple of weeks ago we noticed a pair of Osprey had taken a liking to the cell tower behind 15.
you can see the nest in the middle.  They have been very busy this past week bringing all sorts of sticks and grasses to build it.  


To all of Natures Mothers:  Happy belated Mothers Day.  




















Friday, April 22, 2016

FOUNTAINS-PUMPS- AND 18 GREENS

The opening tournament went off with out a hitch.  We have had very little rain and because of that the course is playing firm and fast.  We wanted to get the water fountain on  8 working for the tournament but we had a leak in one of the pipes that took us some time to fix.  Same with the water falls on 4.  We had electrical problems and needed to order some parts that just came in last week.   What we did have was 18 greens!!!!!  after two years of winter damage it is nice starting the year off with no ice damage.

The grass will soon start breaking dormancy (we had frost everyday this past week) Once that happens we will be spending most of our time mowing.
Beautiful opening tournament Congrats to the winners!!!
After over 40 years the bell is back on # 4.  

Installing fountain in pond on #8.  It's now up and running    


IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY HERE IS THE LATEST FINDINGS ON THE COURSE:  




A FLOWER FLY ON SERVICE BERRY BEHIND 11 GREEN,  NATIVE TREES ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR POLLINATORS BECAUSE THEY ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF EARLY SEASON POLLEN AND NECTAR. 



OUR RESIDENT GREAT HORNED OWL WITH CHICK.   ALREADY GETTING BIG!!!


FIRST TIGER SWALLOWTAIL SPOTTED YESTERDAY.  HAS HAD A ROUGH START SOMETHING GOT HOLD OF HER RIGHT WING YOU CAN SEE A PIECE OF IT MISSING.  



NESTING BLUEBIRDS,  ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN.  




*****  ON ANOTHER NOTE:    MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING THEIR BIRD HOUSES.  HERE IS A PICTURE OF A TREE SWALLOW THAT HAS BEEN PECKED TO DEATH BY A  HOUSE SPARROW.  HOUSE SPARROWS ARE AN INTRODUCED SPECIES (NON -NATIVE) AND ARE A BIG PROBLEM BECAUSE THEY TAKE OVER THE NESTING CAVITIES FROM NATIVE SPECIES.   IF YOU HAVE A BIRD HOUSE PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THEM AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK TO MAKE SURE THE HOUSE SPARROWS HAVEN'T TAKEN OVER.  THESE BIRD HOUSES ARE LITERARY LIFE AND DEATH.