Saturday, March 25, 2017

CLOSE TO OPENING AND WATER QUALITY


We still have just enough snow to keep the course closed. The forecast for tomorrow is not good but next week looks more seasonable.  Fingers crossed, it should not be long before we can start swinging clubs again.  In the mean time....We were scouting the course and noticed algae and weeds popping up in our pond.   We have not had to chemically treat our water for algae in over 15 years saving us thousands of dollars.
Just enough snow to keep us from opening the course.  We did get our  water falls up and running.   The Water falls look and sound great but they serve another purpose, they keep the water moving and add oxygen.  Both are important for water quality.
We noticed Algae and a weed called Curly Pondweed.  (It is considered an invasive weed in New York).  We added a pond dye that has UV filtering properties that curb weed and algae growth.  The dye is  food-grade, which means that it  will pose no threat to wildlife.  Because the water is still some what cold our "weed eating fish" are not active yet. Sorry, I couldn't get a real good picture. I should have taken one before we added the dye!!!  click to expand and you can see the weeds growing from the bottom.



We also have installed our Sonic Solutions device that kills algae with sound waves.  All of these practices combined  have had a big impact controlling  weeds and algae and saved quite a lot of money at the same time.  


















Saturday, March 18, 2017

NO GREENS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY

This past weeks snow storm put an end to golf for the time being.  Time to get out the cards and play some gin.  
A empty grill room.  A sure sign of the weather.  

Not much Green around here.  

Just Me and the Turkeys this morning.  Except for:  


Pam, she is here bright and early in the pro shop.  


Getting the pro shop ready for business.   A sure sign of golf in the near future.  The sooner the better.  















Monday, March 13, 2017

GOLF IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The forecast is for blizzard conditions and cold the rest of the week.  We have been busy getting as much done as we can.  The clubs will stay in the corner for another week.

Drainage in sub-grade on 13 tee.  

A good soil mix installed above drains for the new tee surface.  

Owel spreading out soil mix for 15 tee expansion.


















Most of last Friday's snow is almost gone.  Just in time for more. 

These guys had a rough week and it looks like it's going to get worse.  Can't say as I feel sorry for them.  If I had wings I'd be in Florida!!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

USGA PROPOSED RULE CHANGE IS GOOD FOR GOLF COURSES


Proposed:  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.

Will this Proposed rule change the way we manage the course for play at Rockland?    In a word yes!!!   Under the rules of golf TODAY you may not mark these naturalized areas as a Lateral water hazard unless they actually contained a pond or stream you may only mark these areas as:    

·        Ground under repair:  providing relief without penalty
·        Out of bounds (stroke and distance penalty)

I am always trying to encourage and develop native areas throughout the course but have found them to be considered too penal for many of our members and guests. The purpose of these is to save labor, water, fertilizer, pesticides, provide habitat etc. making them an important feature of the course.  However, these areas are charged with slowing down the game and making it too difficult.  For example, it is quite common to allow vegetation around a pond or stream to grow higher because   it is usually included within the margin of the hazard providing the same relief as a ball in the water itself.  You don’t have to find your ball and you don’t lose the distance making it not as much a penalty as let’s say a lost ball.  If there is no water and you allow vegetation to grow it will probably be treated as “through the green” which usually results in a lost ball and a stroke and distance situation making the area much more penal than a water hazard.  I think this Proposed rule change will allow golf course superintendents to create or manage more native areas because they will not slow down play and the penalty for hitting in them will not be as severe.   In the words of Donald Trump I think this is a HUGE change that will allow superintendents to create more native areas and manage their properties in a more sustainable way.  
If the new rule is approved this wild flower area can be marked like a hazard.  If you hit your ball in here you can drop where it went in with a one stoke penalty.