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.   






















































Friday, April 8, 2016

MOWING THE ROOF AND SPRING CLEANING



What do we do when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball?   We catch up on the projects that get put on the back burner like mowing the roof of the pump house and cleaning out the barn.  
Adonis cleaning off roof after it has been mowed.  Too much frost to work on normal turf.

Pool furniture and old chairs taking up much needed storage space.

Frost allows us to clean and organize the range building 




Nice and neat,  we even have room for our blower.  








Nice to report our resident owl is still sitting on her nest.   Have not seen any chicks yet.
Picture of our 8th hole.  Nice to have a full pond. Once the warm weather 
Returns we are ready to go.  Greens are rolling good and the course is playing firm
and fast.  









Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SNOW, FROST, AND 70

With the official end of winter behind us.  Spring is starting off like a ping pong ball.   We had a light coating of snow on Monday,  A heavy frost on Tuesday and today it will hit 70.  Grab your clubs and hit the links today!!!
Snow on Monday:   did not stick to the greens  

#1 from the club house.  Time to use your orange golf balls.



Heavy frost Tuesday

finished grinding stumps yesterday 

Owel, Adonis, and Marcos started raking bunkers  1-7 are done,  should be close to finishing by end of today.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A GREAT START?

It technically still is winter but I am not telling Mother Nature that.  The above average temperatures have made for some nice days to be outside and working on the course.   We mowed greens today for the first time since we let them grow higher to prepare them for the winter.  For March, they are rolling pretty good.  This time of year the grass on the greens has different colors.  Without getting technical, different types of grass have colonized certain areas. This can be from sun, shade, dry, or wet but in our case it is grasses that have survived the past couple of harsh winters we have had.  These areas (especially on greens) have a different color and texture and now dominate where we had winter injury.   Once things warm up they will blend in, matching the other grasses we have on our greens.  . 

Last week, I spent a day in Albany with many of my fellow colleagues lobbying our assembly and senators for some changes in our laws.  One issue that we propose is allowing us to use less than label rates.  What’s that mean?   Currently, the label is the law so if we are applying a pesticide that says we need to use 4 ounces per thousand square feet that is as low a rate as we can use.   There are products that when combined complement one another.  When mixed, we would use less of both products.  We would be able to use fewer products, which is better for the environment and saves money. 

Area on 15 green that is now dominated by "Bent" grass.


This is the approach to 14 green.  It was sodded last year with bent grass and has a
different color.  As things warm up it will match the rest of the course.