Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Snow in summer is not what a superintendent wants to see in July.   What I am referring to is one of the most common Turf diseases in the north east.   The common name is Dollar Spot because it starts out as Silver Dollar size patches but given the right environment can spread rapidly.   The white on top is actually called Mycelium and is how the fungus reproduces.   When you see the "snow" you know it is actively growing.  

White cottony patches on turf is Dollar Spot,   A very common fungus in the North East.

In out of play areas we usually don't apply any products unless absolutely necessary.   Usually the weather will change and the disease won't get any worse.   If that's the case we may apply a small amount of fertilizer to help the grass "grow" out of the problem.  If the weather stays conducive to the disease we may treat.  This happens to be in the rough in front of the third tee and usually doesn't come into play.  We would not let the disease get to this stage on Fairways, Greens or Tees.   

Some diseases are root born and thus make it that much more difficult to diagnose.   This is Jenny McMorrow from Turf Diagnostics.   She comes once every two weeks and takes a sample to bring back to her lab.  In a couple of hours we have our results.   Sometimes things are fine and no action is required other times we need to treat.   She has really helped with the new practice putting green.  New greens are notoriously prone to root diseases. With Jennifer's help we have been able to stay in front of any major issues.

We have a lot of Turkeys that call Rockland  home.  I was not quiet fast enough with the camera. This is a mother hen and she was crossing the cart path with her chicks.   They are hard to photograph because they stay in the high grass.  You can just make out the last one in the grass on the right side of the picture.  The rest were just too fast for me!!!

 Finally, last Sunday we were fortunate to have Lisa D. Mickey a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and a Certified Florida Master Naturalist here at the club.  She contacted us to do a story about golf and the environment.   Ms. Mickey is in the area this week covering the USGA Junior Girls Championships at Ridgewood Country Club.   She got our name because of all the good work we are doing.  We will be included in an article along with a few other courses in the county that have also demonstrated good environmental stewardship.   I'll let you know when the article is  published.   
Myself with Golf Writer Ms. Lisa Mickey conducting an interview about the good work golf courses are doing for the environment.  


Saturday, July 2, 2016


Last Monday we had the pleasure to host Keep Rockland Beautiful and their first in their Green series of "Rockland's Best".  It was my pleasure showing everyone our native areas and bird houses.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016


Well, that is if you don't like 85 degrees, Low Humidity, a slight breeze and not a cloud in the sky.  Even with great weather last week ended on a rough note.  We had to fix the water pipe on the main road.   Of course nothing goes as planned and their were many problems.  We thought we would have the water back on by 1:00 pm and unfortunately the water was not turned on until 5:00.  Mike had no choice but to cancel dinner.  A big thanks for you patience.  It was a rough day for all involved.

Trucks were here bright and early,  It just was problem after problem.  

Pipe had to be cut and new fittings installed then they had to connect to our old pipe.  Of course this all had to happen with out hitting the gas main.  
We have some trees that need to be removed.  Here is a Pin Oak between 12 and 13.   I'm afraid it will come down in a storm or worse hurt someone.  We are getting prices and the next time the course is closed we will remove it.

Dying Pin Oak between 12 and 13.  This is not Oakmont were sorry to see it go.  

You may have  noticed the fountain in the pond is not shooting as high.  For some reason the nozzle broke off.  I tried finding it with my feet but the pond is very muddy.  Our resident "golf ball diver" will look for it when he comes.  In the mean time we have ordered a new one.  

Not shooting as high because the nozzle came off.  It's somewhere buried in the mud at the bottom.  
We received .7 inches of rain on Sunday night and another .7 inches of rain on Monday night.   Just what the doctor ordered.  Just enough rain at night to help out the course and fill the pond and it did not impact play in the least.  Here is Mr. John Bartolotta putting on the 11th green and enjoying this beautiful last day in June.  
Great form!!!!  Can you guess if it went in?  
In the nature is fascinating department:   We had  a Question Mark (butterfly) hatch today.  It's colors are amazing.  
Beautiful markings  It get's it's name from the white "?"  on it's wing.  Sorry but Mr. Bartolotta's putt did not go in but he made his par.   All is o.k.    

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Happy fathers day to all the dad's.   Yesterday, was the final day of our Men's Member -Guest.   Congratulations to the flight winners and the over all champions Mr. Lamia and his Guest Mr. Mora.
Great day for the finals of the Men's Member Guest.  

Congratulations to Mr. Lamia and Mr. Mora:   Over-all champs!!!!

Congratulations also to this years Honoree.  Mr. John Anderson.  Mr. Anderson  become a member in 1990.  He was a member of the Board of Governors from 1999 through 2004, Serving at various times as Finance Chair, Treasurer, Admissions and Membership Chair,  President (2002-2003) and Vice President.    

Pictured from let to right a very distinguished group.  Mr. Dipilla, Mr. Daly,  Mr Anderson, Mr. Erdman,, Mr. Lever Jr. and Mr. Milona. Combined they have over 100 years of  club membership,  24 years of  Board service and 3 presidency's.  

We had a rough start to the tournament:   We started work on Friday morning only to see this river on 9 green and fairway.   Turns out there was a water main break on the road and it was running onto the course.   We Immediately contacted the water company and they came  and shut off the water just in time for tee off.   If # 9 green was a little slower, you know why.   Always something to have to deal with.   

At least the water ran in to the pond. Which.....

Helps with our water supply.  The Pond  is pretty low for this time of year.   Hope to get some rain pretty soon.