Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AERIFICATION UPDATE:

We are right in the middle of our annual Golf Course aerification process.   Greens have been plugged and sand has been added to fill in the holes.   We are now in the process of finishing them up.  Fairways were started this morning and should be finished by early afternoon.   Next comes the clean up process.  All the fairways will be dragged and blown off.  That will take us into tomorrow afternoon.   

Let the healing begin.   Fairways don't cause much of a disturbance to play.   We just play "winter rules" for a couple of weeks.  Greens on the other hand will impact play.   This weekend they will be slow and somewhat bumpy.  By next weekend they should be rolling pretty good but they will still be slow.  By the third weekend we should be pretty close to normal.   

Thanks for your patience during this process.  We need to do this to insure good conditions in the future.  



This morning we started touching up greens and the start of fairway aerification 


Close up view of the greens after aerification.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4 PLUS INCES


 Last weeks rains (4+ inches in 1.45 hours)  seem like a distant memory but they did some damage that will last for some time.   When bunkers wash out as bad as they did the sub-soil, rocks and gravel wash and mix with the bunker sand.   Over time this contaminates the sand and clogs drainage pipes.








This is the bunker back right of 16 green.  We actually removed most of the sand and refreshed with new sand because there were so many rocks mixed in.  Unfortunately the drainage pipe is also clogged and will require replacement.







The edges of some of the cart paths also washed out.   We use burlap bags filled with soil to hold it in place.  We put a small amount of top-soil and seed on the bags.  This helps prevent future wash outs.   Please try to not drive on the newly seeded areas.



 We are always looking for new creatures.   It's kind of funny when they land on you.   Here is a Comma that has taken a liking to Juan.



















Friday, July 25, 2014

OPERATION POLLINATOR:

I am happy to report that Rockland Country Club has been designated an “Operation Pollinator” golf course.   This program is sponsored by Syngenta and was started in the U.K.   They recently launched the program here in the United Sates.    There are currently only a few courses in the country with this distinction.    Its purpose is to promote and save our pollinators.  

·     In 1970, there were about 4 million honey bee colonies in the U.S.  In 2012 , there were approximately  2.5 million colonies, according to a national survey

 ·         Bee’s geographic ranges have diminished by 23 to 87 percent. 

 ·         Almost one- third of our global food supply depends on insect pollinators to help pollinate flowering      plants, including more than 100 North American Crop species. 

This program fits right in with the rest of our environmental efforts and helps us maintain our Audubon Certification Status.  

Mr. Lee Kozsey  presenting our new Plaque 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

NO AUTOGRAPHS PLEASE!!!!

Last fall I participated in helping a new TV show do an episode on "holes".   From What I can tell it looks like the episode will  air on Monday night (July 21st) at 10:00 pm.  The name of the show is "Going Deep with David Rees" and is on the National Geographic Channel.    Not sure how long or how much of the course will be shown.  We filmed on the 18th green.   It was a lot of fun and I didn't break the camera.