Wednesday, July 12, 2017

JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Not a good day.  Trouble right from the start.  First, two staff members were out.   Then while heading up to spray the practice green the spray tank sprung a oil leak and its not an easy fix.   The gasket went and you need to basically split the machine in half to fix it.  Tank has to be removed, etc, etc,.....   About a two day job for Moe our mechanic with out interruptions and that never happens.   We had two hydraulic leaks on our fairway mowers.  One in the piston that steers the mower and the other in a hydraulic hose.   The guys did a good job seeing them before they got to big.  

I guess to keep this blog "real" you have to post the good with the bad.  It could have been worse.  The oil leak could have happened on the putting green.  That would not have been good!!!!

Funny what you look at as a superintendent.  We all look to the roads for signs of problems.  Here is the trail of oil left by our spray tank leaving the shop.
Down for the count.  Need to remove the spray tank and split engine from gear case.  
Hydraulic leak on fairway.  It will turn brown and die but luckily its very narrow and should grow out in a couple of weeks.   this happened on two machines today.  The guys did a good job catching them before they got bigger.  
Might as well end on a positive note:   The pond is pretty full for this time of year.  No worries about running out of water.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY 4TH AMERICA !!!

I hope everyone has a chance to relax and enjoy the day.   The weather is perfect for a nice round of golf.
Happy fourth everyone!!!
last weeks ladies guest day went very well.   Everyone had a great time.

Mr. Paul Jacobs is the North East Agronomist For the USGA .  Paul conducted a site visit last week to share his experience and expertise with me.  We looked at all aspects of the operation from the Maintenance Facility, Staff Size, Budgets as well as Greens, Tees, and Fairways.   Of special concern is our practice putting green.   It continues to struggle.  The main concerns are traffic and morning shade.  We can't do anything about the shade and traffic will always be a concern on any practice green.   We have eliminated two holes and will concentrate the four remaining ones in the sunnier half of the green.  Depending on weather and turf health we may section off  areas.  We may even close the green during hot and humid weather.   We are doing everything we can to get the green to mimic our regular greens.  Unfortunately Paul had no silver bullet to get the green in prime condition but it was nice to hear and confirm that we are doing everything we can to keep the green in as good a condition as possible.
You may have noticed some of our blue tops on our marking stakes have been damaged.  This is (as far as I can tell) from the coyote chewing on them.   I'm all out of new blue ones but have some green ones that I can use.   Hopefully this is a temporary thing and the coyotes find something else to chew on.  
In closing,  another example of  how our irrigation system is paying dividends.   Here we are watering in a fertilizer application.   The quickness and good coverage means better results.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

ROUGH START BUT GOOD DAY IN THE END

I knew it was going to be a tough morning as soon as I woke up and heard the rain.   Staff did a great job getting the course ready for today's final round.   Sun came out about 8:30 and play started at 9:15.    Only three holes cart path only.  Glad they had a good day to finish up the tournament.

Standing water on 16,  only 45 minutes to tee off.  

3 green in same shape.  

Of course 12 fairway,  one of our wettest areas.   Glad to report no puddles in afternoon. The sun came out and it is a beautiful day.  .  

Owel had to remove water from several greens.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

2nd. LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR

We just missed the longest day of the year but what do a few seconds of day light matter on the first day of our Member-Guest.  The staff is ready for the challenge.  At first day light preparations begin.  The staff has worked hard for the past couple of weeks trying to get the course to peak at just the right time.  Yesterday was our practice round and we mowed and rolled greens.  Bunkers have been hand raked.  Tees mowed and we finished up edging irrigation heads and some trim work just in time.   Today the matches start.  We double rolled and mowed greens, mowed fairways and approaches and again raked all the bunkers before our 9:00 shot gun.  We are Hoping the weather holds out.  They are calling for Thunder Storms this afternoon.  Fingers crossed.  

Pizza Anyone?   As a special treat a wood burning Pizza truck was set up by the half way house.  

 
Let the preparation begin : First green mowed.  
Marcos and Chico Double Rolling # 2.  
Ready to go!!!  
We added these to alter traffic flow on to the putting green. The Green is only 4 years old and is thinning.   Changing the traffic flow will not solve all our problems but it can't hurt. 

 Congratulations to this years honoree,   Our very own Head Professional Bobby Everett.   Bob has quite an impressive resume.  He literally has been here his whole life.  He started caddying at Rockland at age 12.   He played local High school and college golf winning numerous tournaments.  Bob was recently inducted into the Rockland Community College Sports Hall of Fame.   At age 26 Bob became the youngest Head golf Professional in the history of the MetPGA.  Congratulations  Bob,  Well deserved.