Friday, September 5, 2014

A WATCHED POT NEVER BOILS

At least that is what it seems like when it comes to aerification.   It only has been 18 days since we aerified our greens but it seems a lot longer.   I am happy to report that ball roll has improved tremendously.  Most of the holes have filled in and we are now maintaining them as usual.  That means we are cutting them with our hand mowers and rolling 4 times a week.   I expect them to be really good for the Member-Member in a couple of weeks.  

We sodded the area by the water falls on eight because the area was starting to get over grown and the view was being blocked.   The ornamental grasses that were planted there many years ago were spreading beyond control.   As time permits we will be addressing other areas around the course where this has happened.  A good example of this grass spreading is between two ladies tee and the first green.

I am happy to report that we have two new United States Citizens!!  Adonis who has worked here on the Greens and Grounds staff since 2002 and Aramus, who started here in 2001 have just completed the process and were sworn in last month.  Congratulations Adonis and Aramus!!!!

Greens looking much better.   Ball Roll has improved tremendously in a short time.

  
Close up view,  Holes are almost totally filled in.  
Removing the ornamental grasses and sodding the area has opened up the view of the water falls on eight.  


   





Congratulations Adonis (left) and Aramus (Below) for becoming United States Citizens this past month.  

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