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.  

Monday, September 21, 2015


Our fountain is sitting on the bottom.   Water level is too low to use.  

Fall officially starts Wednesday. Days are getting shorter and cooler and it's just in time.  Our pond it getting pretty low.  We are not able to run our fountain because it is sticking out of the water.  It is time for some one else to do the rain dance because obviously I can't dance!!!

Much needed catch basin installed by our wash pad.

Cross off another project on the list. We had some spare time during the Member- Member and Monday outings to get some needed shop work done.  It may not look like much
but this catch basin will help keep our waste water from leaving the
property.  We also are starting to use our storage building to contain our pesticides and fertilizers.  This Storage shed is all metal so fire's are not an issue.  And having all the products in one seperatate building helps eliminate one more liability.

We purchased a used storage trailer to contain all of our fertilizers and pesticides.  Amazing what a coat of paint will do.

Every three years we need to be Re-certified to retain our Certification through Audubon International.  Last Monday I spent the morning explaining how we manage our property as environmentaly responsible as possible.  Pictured below are:

  • Nicole Liable:  Environmental Management Assistant, Rockland County
  • Margie Turrin, Education Coordinator from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University.    
  • Ray Cywinski:   Watershed, Environmental resource manager for United Water New Jersey.  

All three were impressed with our efforts and how golf courses are good for our communities.
Nicole, Margie and Ray in front of our Audubon Bulletin Board.  

Monday, August 31, 2015


August is going out like a bear and September is coming in like a Tiger!!!!  Hot and Dry are the two operative words for the past couple of weeks. (And the forecast calls for more of the same)    We are putting the irrigation system to the supreme test.   So,  How do we determine what and how long to water?   There is quite a bit to it and I'll give you the quick version so I don't bore you too much.    We first  monitor the current weather using our weather station located by our nursery on #6. That measures Temperature, Relative Humidity, Wind and Evaporation.  We check the Internet for the forecast. Believe it or not Humidity and even clouds can make a big difference. We also use portable soil meters.   Ted is checking the moisture in the 14 green.  Water can move funny through soils.  It is not uncommon to find large differences just a few feet apart.  We do a lot of hand watering to supply just enough water only where it is needed.

We also have soil sensors in the ground.   Here is a picture of a repeater that transmits the data from the soil sensor unit to the shops computer.  We can  monitor moisture and  temperature at two different soil depths.  3 inches and 7 inches.

Here is picture of the computer screen showing moisture and Temperature readings at the 3 inch depth.   The sensors also measure Salinity which we don't have to worry too much about.  

Here the screen is tracking the daily history.  You can see there are quite a bit of ups and downs.   Temperatures fluctuate greatly from day to night and you can also tell when we irrigated.

As you can see there is a lot that goes into the decision as to what, where and how much water is applied.  We are constantly monitoring and checking.   Trying to keep the moisture levels in the "Goldilocks Zone"  Not too wet and Not too Dry.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Some good news:  This years aerification went quite well despite the hot weather.   We made smaller holes this year.   Ball Roll is not severely impacted and they actually were stimping at 10 this afternoon.  Some spots in fairways dried up a bit but I expect them to recover with in a week or so. We are playing winter rules until then.
The aerification process being done on 9 green.  

#11 fairway just after it was aerified.

6 green after clean up and top-dressed.

7 fwy.  after clean up.   --playing winter rules