Friday, October 14, 2016


We just started one of our fall projects.  To re-contour the fairway on # 17.   Many years ago their was a bunker short left that we felt penalized the higher handicapped golfer.  We filled it in as a "temporary" fix.  That was about 12 years ago.  We are finally getting around to removing the mound and expanding the fairway.

This is a closer view.  We are stripping rough sod and recycling it to other areas on the course.  Where we are taking the sod from will become the fairway and the mound will be "flattened".   The hole will look better and help the higher handicapped player.

Marcos and Danny are installing the sod on the right of three where cart traffic has severely thinned the turf.  Other areas scheduled for sod include the fourth tee bank and 18th tee bank.   Other fall projects include expanding and leveling the 13th black tee, 15th blue tee, 6th blue tee and the 6th ladies tee.  We have hired a golf course construction company to help us with the heavy lifting and the earth moving.  They are scheduled to start the week of October 24th.  In the mean time we will keep recycling our sod.


On Thursday, October 20th Rockland Country Club will  receive a "Green" award from the Rockland Business Association .   This award is Sponsored by Suez and is given out to a business for Water Conservation.   This past Wednesday we were invited to participate and celebrate our achievements with the other winners on the Radio.   This picture is in the Radio Studio at WRCR AM 1700 in Pomona.   It is actually at the Rockland Boulders Baseball Stadium.  It was a first for me and quite an experience.  Pictured are the winners from left to right:  Mac Freeman, from Inovative Plastics,  The Mad Maven of Mulch (Aka-Ms. Reitman) from SUNY Rockland, Mike Shilale from The RBA Chairman of the Green Committee, Yours Truly, Susan Wilmink from KRB (Keep Rockland Beautiful) and Mr. Bill Madden: Director of external affairs Suez.  

Surviving part of the summer in stage two drought restrictions was no fun.  It is a very special day that golf is recognized as an efficient user of water. To be able to demonstrate to our neighbors what the benefits of golf can be and to offer our expertise on ways to conserve our most precious resource. On behalf of all the Golf Courses in Rockland It's nice to be recognized as the water managers we are.

Friday, September 30, 2016


On a closing note to the month we finished up September with a record breaking large mouth Bass. Caught by Mr. Tom Caracciolo.   Pictured below it is the biggest fish we have ever caught at our 6th annual Bill Moran fishing derby.  This beauty came in at 16 inches.  

Everyone had a great day and Tom had some competition.  Kate Rottman caught a 14 3/4 inch bass and Tristan Conklin caught a 14.5 inch bass.  
Kate Rottman showing off her catch. 

Tristan Conklin with his 14.5 inch bass.  

You can tell from these pictures that everyone had a great time.   The fishing Derby is held in honor of Mr. Bill Moran who was instrumental in us becoming Audubon Certified.  Besides being a fisherman,  Mr. Moran was an avid birder, camper, skier and of course golfer.  We show case our pond as a example of our environmental management.  The pond was very prone to algae problems in the past.  We built a 2000 gal a minute water fall to help keep the water oxygenated and moving that acts as a water hazard to the left of the 8th green and is also extremely attractive.

"next year I'm bringing my pole"  
 We added two devices called Sonic Solutions.  (one at each end of the pond)  These kill Algae by using Sound waves.  We Dye the water a dark color so sunlight does not penetrate all the way to the bottom.   We also have fish that eat aquatic vegetation.  That allows the sound waves to do there job.  We keep the grass high around the edge of the pond.  This slows run off from heavy rains.  The slower moving water allows any particles or contaminates to settle out of the water before they get to the pond.
A little help please.  

All of these practices combined have allowed us to stay algae free for the past ten years.
 A perfect afternoon.

Our Member-Member tournament went very well.  Congratulations to all the flight winners and to overall champs John Bennett and Rob McGrath, who beat Aidan Quinn and Colin Gray on the final hole of the shootout.  
Mr. McGrath lining up his final Drive.  

Mr. Bennett:  Right down the middle!!!!!

Our damaged areas in some of our roughs are much better.  The cooler temperatures have helped a lot. We still have some areas that need attention but a lot of the seed has already germinated.  We will be fertilizing in the next few weeks.  That should help thicken things up.  In closing we are fast approaching October.  We are busy getting ready for leaves and cooler temperatures.  Keep those clubs handy.   October is a great month to play some golf.  

Friday, September 16, 2016


You won't see our fountain lit up anytime soon.                                        


It has become a resting spot for our Mallard Ducks.   Unfortunately the water level in our pond is so low we can not use the fountain.  It basically is sucking air.  Also, you may notice the flow over our falls is less than usual.  Again it's because the intake of our pump is out of the water.  The forecast is for some much needed rain on Sunday.  Every little bit will help.   As Benjamin Franklin once said "you know the worth of water when the well runs dry"

For our Monarch Watch Program,  Last week  we had the pleasure to host Girl Scout troop 40393 and 40756 from New City and Germonds.   We gave a short presentation about the Monarchs life cycle and how they migrate all the way to Mexico for the winter.   Here they are holding up coloring books donated by Audubon International.

Ready for some Monarch Butterfly Catching !!!!!!!

This Picture is showing a Tagged Monarch.  The program is run by the university of Kansas.  You place an Identification Sticker on it's wing.  If found the university knows where and when the tag was placed and can track there migration habits.  Monarch numbers are in decline and they need all the help they can get.   They only lay eggs on Milkweed which we allow to grow in several areas around the course.

On a sad note:  J-Pat's mother recently passed away.  J-Pat comes to us from Camp Venture and Divots fairways for us every morning.   You probably will never see him because we make sure he never is in any one's way.   A couple of years ago we asked Paul from Club Car if he could slow down a golf cart and make it brake going down hills to see if J-Pat could drive it.   It took some practice  and a few downed marking stakes but now J-Pat is a professional driver.   J-Pat has a wonderful family and I constantly remind him how lucky we are (I have a pretty good family also!!!) Last week he took his sisters for a ride around the course.  It is a pleasure working with J-Pat we enjoy every day that he is here.   Just make sure he has his coffee in the morning and we know it will be a good day.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Greens and Fairways are healing even though we have not had ideal weather.  It has been hotter and dryer than normal.   I would not mind at all seeing a few showers soak the course and fill the pond.  Looking at this picture from the 1st tee you can hardly tell we aerified. Yesterday we were able to get a descent cut on fairways but we are still playing winter rules.  We are mowing greens for the first time since aerification.  That should help smooth things out a little more.     

Close up of holes on greens.  Should be almost closed by the end of the week.   We fertilized yesterday to help speed up recovery.  

I was on the first tee last week when it was pointed out to me that there is a worn cart path from 6 tee to 7 green. It looks like crap (put mildly)!!! It is caused by our maintenance vehicles taking a short cut.  It was not visible until we removed the dead tree.  Now the path sticks out like a sore thumb. 

We cut down all the invasive weeds that were growing under the tree and will prep the soil for our native grass and flower mixture.  In the picture you can still see the stump from the tree.    In a few weeks we should have enough germination to hide the old cart path and we have re-routed our "short cut" so it is no longer visible from the first tee.  

Our Monarch watch program is in full force. A few have hatched already and there are 10 caterpillars currently in our aquarium.   Milk Weed is the only plant they lay their eggs on.  We have also started our tagging program.  When a Monarch is released we put a identification sticker on its wings and send the results to the university of Kansas. This help them track there migration habits.    Perhaps this will be the year they find a "Rockland" Monarch in Mexico.

Lastly, I wanted to point out that some areas in our roughs have been infected with disease. One is called Summer Patch and the other is Fusarium Blight.  These are root born fungus and can become a problem.  Unfortunately we do not have the time nor resources to prevent this from occurring in all our rough areas.   Hopefully the cool weather will arrive shortly and we can start the healing process.