Tuesday, November 10, 2015


As the season winds down we are completing a few minor--but important course improvements.

We installed a new artificial surface at the range.  Our old mats were old and outdated.  This new surface simulates real turf much better and you can Tee your ball up on it if you want to hit a few drives.

So far it has been well accepted by everyone who has used it.   We plan on using it for the rest of this season in order to give our grass tee a rest and some time to recuperate for next year.

We started enlarging the fairway adjacent to the bunker on 16.  This will help a good drive stay in the fairway.   The rough sod is being recycled to other areas on the course.

we are using the rough sod around some of our bunker edges that succumbed to the harsh summer.  We have completed holes 16, 3, and 11.  We also did a spot adjacent to the cart path on 11 by the ladies tee.  We still have a few areas that we would like to do.

Today, we are sodding the fairway. This is a special bent grass sod that matches our existing fairway.  This is a much better solution than just scalping the grass that is currently there.  Our rough is primary Bluegrass, Rye and Fescue.  If mowed as low as our fairways it would never provide the ball lie that we desire.  The new sod also provides a good visual definition between fairway and rough.

As the season winds down we lay off most of our staff.  Jose Recio and Juan Guteriez have been with us for 28 years.   Jose is our primary rough mower and Juan is our gardener.   They are exceptional staff members.  We wish them well during this off season and hope they return in the spring.

Friday, October 30, 2015


No tricks here. Just treats.  (Actually no treats for me either, the pants are getting a little tight).   It is full leaf season.  We have three mowers with leaf shredding and mulching kits attached.  Two large blowers, two large sweepers and several back pack and push blowers.  Not to mention good old fashion leaf rakes.  All are being used to their max.  We had two welcome inches of rain a couple of days ago.  The course was getting very dry and the rain came at a nice steady rate so no wash outs in bunkers.  The fall colors are spectacular. Hope for some more nice days to enjoy them before they all fall.

Picture of 13 green 

11 green and fairway.  

Marcos on one of our sweepers.  

For some reason we have more acorns than normal.   We have had to resort to picking up some of them by hand.  This is Danny picking up some along side of 13.   

Our last Tagged Monarch was released this week.  We released 30 this fall.   Hope they make it to Mexico.  

Friday, October 16, 2015


The leaves are just starting to turn there magnificent colors and after that we "pick-em up".  In the mean time we are continuing our course maintenance.  Our fall fertilizer application's have started.  We should finish up roughs today and will start fairways on Monday.  We are seeding some small areas in rough and I have some sod scheduled for delivery to touch up some bunker banks.  Seeding  these areas would be impossible because of the slopes.   We Seeded the area by 8 black tee (left of 9 fairway) to a meadow-wild flower mix.  This area will be maintained a little different then some of our other areas.   Next year for at least one season we will mow this area at 8 to 10 inches .  This will keep weeds in check and more importantly allow sunlight to reach the perennial flowers giving them a season to become established.  I have learned that the establishment of these areas is very important to long term success.  Putting in time now will pay dividends in the future.

Earlier in the month we found a very rare butterfly.  (at least in Rockland County---It is quite common if you go south)  It is called a Ocala Skipper and is the first one ever found in the county.   It took a little while to confirm the finding because I am by no means an expert.  I can now report that it is a first. A good find and a good finish to another year of butterfly and pollinator monitoring.

Danny helping Dry-ject our greens earlier this week.  

Once finished we brush and roll and you can hardly tell we did any thing.

Preparing soil for meadow seed.  

Owel Mixing meadow seed with sand so we can spread it.  It is too fine to spread on it's own.  

First ever Ocala Skipper found in Rockland County.  A fitting end to our butterfly and pollinator monitoring.   

Friday, October 2, 2015


Last weeks annual "Bill Moran" fishing derby was the best ever.  Everyone caught at least one fish. We had 18 children and 13 adults participating.   The biggest fish was caught by Gabe Bernstein at 15 inches.  2nd place went to Jake Lagana at 14 inches and in the girls division  Emma Degenaars won with a 9 inch bass.  The fishing Derby is an annual event honoring Mr. Bill Moran for his environmental efforts.   Mr. Moran was instrumental in getting the club Audubon Certified and recognized the value of good stewardship.
Our winner:  Gabe Bernstein with a 15 inch Bass.  

Showing off some of the days catches.  

Getting set up.  
Finding just the right Worm.  
Finding the best spot.  
A family Affair:   Three generations of fisherman 

Showing great form.