Monday, February 20, 2017

PRESIDENTS DAY: COURSE UPDATE

Most of the snow has melted and the forecast is for a warm week.  The way things look we may just be in for a early spring?   Too soon to call but I'm not going to complain if this warm weather continues.  

Most of last weeks snow storm has melted.  So far so good.  I see no disease or winter damage.   

A view from the 1st tee.  Notice the Deer by two tee.  They are taking advantage of a beautiful day.
A Blue Bird basking in the sun.  They are always nice to see.  They do not go south in the winter but I rarely see them.  A signal of an early Spring?  
A song Sparrow Singing away,  A fairly common winter bird.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

BEST OF LUCK TO GREG HAND

Our equipment manager Greg Hand will be leaving us for greener pastures.   He has accepted a new position at the Peninsula Club,  situated just north of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you are ever in the area stop by and say hello.   Greg will be missed.  He has been a member of our team for the past six years.  There is a knack to being a golf course mechanic.  You need a special set of skills that only comes with years of experience.  We wish the very best for Greg at his new position.

From left to right:   Jay Ruhren,  Greg Hand, and Ted Valentine.  Our winter warriors.  
We received more fill for the 13th tee and stole a few rocks from around the tennis courts to put the finishing touches on the championship tee.   We have the rough grading done.  When things thaw out we can start the fine grading, add irrigation, drainage and then sod.  
Moving rocks from  the tennis courts (they won't be missed ) We needed them to build a wall by the tee.




Placing Rocks to make wall.  This allowed us make the slope next to the tee not too steep.  
























You can get an idea from this picture.  Rock wall on right is finished.  We had two extra rocks that we placed  by the path.  


Saturday, January 28, 2017

PLAN B:

This month we went to plan B:  What does that mean?  Like many courses we wait for the ground to freeze so we can move around the course and not create excessive damage.  Mainly tree work and to start cleaning the ditch on 12-13.   Because the weather has been so warm we started plan "B". Construction on expanding the 13 championship tee and the 6th ladies tee and started leveling and re-contouring the faiway by the old bunker on #17.

Of course there are always problems.   We had to fix the road to allow the trucks to haul material to the 13 tee.   We need to keep this road accessible because it is the only way to get larger vehicles out on the course.  Especially emergency vehicles.  Which we hope to never need.  

Here we are moving material to elevate and expand the 13 Black tee.  We are lucky in that the material is of good quality and always a good thing it is free.  A local contractor was looking for a place to get rid of it.   We are definatley putting it to good use.  


















Still a work in progress but it's starting to take shape.  We will triple the size of the old tee,  raise it a couple of feet for better visibility and shift it a little to the right.  



The Sixth Ladies tee is also being expanded.   It was way to small and not level.   The new tee is starting to take shape.  


Here is Carlos helping to remove the mound on 17.  



















Old bunker and mound on 17 is now leveled.  We need to give it a final raking then sod the area.  To give you an idea  from this picture.  To the right of the white pipe will be fairway and to the left will be rough.  



Thought I would throw this picture in.   Turkeys nest in the trees at night.  You have to get up pretty early in the morning to catch them roosting.  A few of them have already flown to the ground.  Can you see the two in this tree?  We have seen them almost every day this winter.  









Sunday, January 22, 2017

BEATS WALKING THE MALL

I was really surprised how many were at the course yesterday.  About one o'clock the sun came out and it was beautiful.  I can't say as I blame them.   Shorts in January are pretty hard to beat!
Mr. Lamia, Mr. Reggiardo, Mr. Yassky, and Mr Celestin


Panning back shows shorts in January!!!!!