Friday, April 20, 2018

READY FOR OPENING DAY

Mother Nature has not cooperated but we have accomplished a lot in the past week.  The course is clean of all winter debris.  We had to almost clean everything twice because of all the spring storms we had.   We have started mowing Greens,Tees, and Fairways.  Greens have been aerified and top-dressed.  They are slow to recover because of the cold weather but ball roll is not that bad.   We are sodding rough areas where trees were removed.  Checking sand depths in all our bunkers and next week we hope to start aerifying tees.    Much to do with so little time.    

Danny mowing greens.  We have not gotten a very good cut because of the sand.  We need some warmer weather to promote some growth and get things moving.  Tees and Fairways have been mowed a few times and are looking pretty good all things considered.  

We have enlarged a few sections of the tees.   We will be aerifying next week and will pay special attention to these areas by giving them some extra seed.   

All native areas have been cut down and cleaned.  This is the easiest way to keep woody plant material in check.  We have given extra attention to the areas in front of 11 and 13 tees in an effort to improve on there aesthetics we will be seeding them this spring with a native grass and flower mix.   We have picked species that don't grow to high because we don't want to detract from the great view you have from the tee.  

Even with the cold temperatures things are starting to "green up.  

We have a pair of Kestrels that have been hanging around these past few weeks.  This is a female resting on a Blue Bird box on #14.   We are hoping that they will make Rockland their home. 


In closing our Assistant Teddy Valentine has been in the hospital for the past two weeks.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted.   Praying for a complete and speedy recovery.  

Saturday, April 7, 2018

GOOD WEATHER TO WATCH THE MASTERS

The weather these past few days has been less than ideal.   It makes staying inside to watch the Masters that much easier.    Even so, the staff has been busy cleaning, raking, and getting the course ready for play.  




Rainy days have made it hard to get our aerification done.  Here we are taking advantage of a dry Saturday morning.  












Still working on course clean up and getting bunkers raked.   Only a few more holes to finish.  











Some really good news!!!!

The USGA and The R&A finalized golf’s new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting:   usga.org/rules.   The process to modernize the Rules began in 2012 and was initiated to ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply for all golfers and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers.

Along with several other rules changes this one will really help golf become ambassadors for environmental management:   

Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red- and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.


This means that our native areas can now (starting next year) be marked like hazards.  No more stroke and distance or having to find your ball.  play the same as if you hit it in a pond.   This is not nearly as penal which will help golf course superintendents  develop more natural and environmentally beneficial areas.   











Saturday, March 31, 2018

WHAT A MARCH

With the warmest February on record followed by a very crappy March, who knows what April will be like.  However the Greens and Grounds staff is off and running.   We were able to aerify all the greens last week but the rains stopped us from finishing the top-dressing.   Hope to get some dry weather next week so we can finish.   At the same time Course Clean up takes center stage.  We have to pick up all the debris from winter storms.  Flag sticks in greens and carts are rolling today.  Not the best start to the season but its a start none the less.
Flag sticks in greens.



Mike and all the staff have been working hard.  Ready for an Easter feast and the new addition looks great.

Osprey are back fixing up their nest.


















Tree Swallows are back.  Checking
out one of our bird houses.


















Sorry for the quality of this picture but saw this rare fellow on my way in to work. He's on the cart path by 17 green.   An American Woodcock,  a great find and some what of a rare nocturnal bird.  If the birds have anything to say, warmer weather will soon be here.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

MARCH 24 -- NO SPRING JUST YET

The calendar says spring, but Mother Nature has a different plan.   We will be using Temporary Greens and keeping the winter course open for at least one more week.   Hoping to open the entire golf course next week ---of course weather permitting. 

A little too much snow, and cooler temp's will keep us from fully opening the course for a while longer. 


Not hindered too much by the bad weather,  The Club House construction is really looking good 
Bar area and Dining area are really a big improvement. 

The outside patio expansion has been delayed by the weather but all we need is a few nice weeks and things will really start to take shape. 


Hang in there the Iris and Crocus are starting to bloom.  The real "spring" weather can't be too far away.   

In closing, Our Heartfelt condolences go out to Ted Valentine and his family.  Ted's wife Jeanne Recently left us.  Ted is the Assistant Superintendent and has been a faithful employee for many many years.   If you have played golf here, you have run into Ted.  Working so close to Ted and all the other's here at Rockland we feel somewhat like an extended family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him now.