Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A NEW MACHINE TO PLAY WITH AND COTTAGE LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

We started vertical cutting the fairways this week.   What is vertical cutting or “v” cutting for short you ask?   Good question.   The preferred grass in our fairways and greens for that matter is called bent grass.  This grass tends to grow more horizontal because it tends to creep along the ground.  It can spread in to voids or divots that way.   By cutting the grass vertically we can try and get the grass to “stand up” more.   That should help support the ball and create better lies.   It also helps the grass spread.   We do it several times a year on our greens.  By purchasing this machine we intend to expand that practice to our fairways.   It will take a few times to see a noticeable improvement but eventually we hope to improve those tight lies we sometimes get on our fairways.   
Ted is verticutting 17 fairway with our new machine.  

Close up picture.   

  

Last Monday we hosted a special 5th grade class from Cottage Lane Elementary School.   We talked about the different Eco. Systems we manage and looked at invertebrates in our streams and different plants in our native areas.  We through in some golf just for fun.    A special thanks to Mrs. Patricia McFadden and Mr.John McFadden.  Mrs. McFadden is a teacher at the school and Mr. Mcfadden was the golf instructor for the day and is a current board member and past Green Chairman.    A great time was had by all.  

Mr. McFadden teaching the finer points of putting.  

great form !!!!!

Taking inventory 

Looking at soil temperatures of the different areas:  Greens, fairways and roughs 

We even found a Woolly Bear caterpillar.  





















Thursday, October 9, 2014

FALL IS IN THE AIR.

example of old path under newer one.  It became impossible to
grow turf next to the path when it got hot and dry.  
You can tell fall has arrived.  We just started getting our blowers and leaf mulching kits ready to roll.

We are busy fixing the edges of cart paths.   When we installed our new paths, in a few areas we covered the old ones.  In some cases we shifted the path in other cases the old paths were simply wider.  It will not take long we should be finished some time next week with good weather.   The old asphalt is simply removed and replaced with good soil.  We plan on sodding all the areas because it would be very difficult to seed with the cart traffic.












Our Irrigation contractor has started replacing a part inside
the sprinklers.  Unfortunately the sprinklers have to be dug up in order to correct the problem.  This is a warrantied item so it does not cost the club any money.   I have to say,
That the company really stands behind their product and wants
to make sure the system works
now and in the future.







Close up view.  
we are planning on dry-jetting and Needle Tining our greens this November.  Last week the company came and did a test run to show that it is not very disruptive.   This is a picture of the Putting green after they finished.   This is being done in lieu of the Deep Drill and Fill Procedures we did in the past.
Water and Sand are injected into the green.  

Putting green when finished.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MEMBER MEMBER - FISHING DERBY

Congratulations to this years Member - Member winners.   Mr. Roger Daly and Mr. Nhi Tran.  It has to be one of the best finishes ever!!!!  Mr. Tran holed a 40+ foot putt on the final hole for the win.  


Mr. Tran getting ready to hit his approach to 18.

Mr. Daly hit this approach wide right.  

The Winning put is on it's way.  

The victory Hug!!!


Our fishing derby went off without a hitch.   The fishing could have been better but the weather was excellent.  Everyone had a good time.   










Friday, September 5, 2014

A WATCHED POT NEVER BOILS

At least that is what it seems like when it comes to aerification.   It only has been 18 days since we aerified our greens but it seems a lot longer.   I am happy to report that ball roll has improved tremendously.  Most of the holes have filled in and we are now maintaining them as usual.  That means we are cutting them with our hand mowers and rolling 4 times a week.   I expect them to be really good for the Member-Member in a couple of weeks.  

We sodded the area by the water falls on eight because the area was starting to get over grown and the view was being blocked.   The ornamental grasses that were planted there many years ago were spreading beyond control.   As time permits we will be addressing other areas around the course where this has happened.  A good example of this grass spreading is between two ladies tee and the first green.

I am happy to report that we have two new United States Citizens!!  Adonis who has worked here on the Greens and Grounds staff since 2002 and Aramus, who started here in 2001 have just completed the process and were sworn in last month.  Congratulations Adonis and Aramus!!!!

Greens looking much better.   Ball Roll has improved tremendously in a short time.

  
Close up view,  Holes are almost totally filled in.  
Removing the ornamental grasses and sodding the area has opened up the view of the water falls on eight.  


   





Congratulations Adonis (left) and Aramus (Below) for becoming United States Citizens this past month.