Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Finally some warm weather.

Sodding # 8 drop area and leveling and sodding the ladies tee. The other new back tees are knitting in nicely and we started mowing them this week. With some warm weather I am finally seeing some seed germinating on our greens. It will be at least till Memorial day before we are back to normal. Check out the picture of an osprey catching a fish out of our pond.  double click the picture for a larger view. 

leveling the ladies tee on 8

osprey catching fish from our pond.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I am sorry to say that we are going to keep 10 and 12 greens closed until things warm up enough for some of the seed to germinate.  I'll keep you posted, but we need at least 4 or 5 sunny days with warm nights before we will see some improvement with our greens.  We need to be patient, there is no rushing mother nature.

Last Saturdays rain really hit us hard.  The path on 15 really washed out, areas that normally dry up are remaining wet.   That does not mean we haven't been working. The crew has put on there rain suits and has been working hard raking and cleaning up the winter debris.  The new tees were sodded. Number 8 drop area, and ladies 8 tee will be sodded next week. Irrigation system is being checked to make sure all the heads turn and shut off properly. Tees are currently being aerified, we should finish them up next week. 
15 cart path was severely washed out. 

18 black tee

14 black tee

We have some good germination, these areas were seeded last fall.

16 black tee

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thanks Bill Luthin and Jacobsen

Bill Luthin is our Jacobsen Rep. He did us a big favor today and stopped by with the newest type of seeder. The machine cuts grooves in the soil and deposits seed.  He let us "Demo" the machine for a few hours.  Just what 10 and 12 greens needed. 

Bill seeding #12

close up view 
 Thanks Bill !!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Golf Course Update:

The beginning of April has finally brought us some warmer weather and just as importantly the start of our full crew.  We accomplished quite a bit our first week.  Clean up is well underway, bunkers are all raked, the Irrigation system has been charged and we continue to test irrigation heads.  Most of the greens have been aerified.  we should finish up today.  Greens 2,10, 12, 14, and 15 will also be spiked and seeded.    All of the greens  have received a fertilizer application.  Now we just need to give them some time to recover from the harsh winter.  I anticipate 10 and 12 to be temps for at least a few more weeks.  The more time we give them the faster they will recover. 

Have you noticed our new tee markers?  We placed them on holes 1 and 10 as a preview.  If you like them let me know.

Our contractor is scheduled to return this week and sod has been ordered to finish up the tees. Number 8 may continue into next week because we are doing that work in-house. The others should be sodded this week. I'll keep you posted.

Aerating 15 green---our last one

Top-dressing 8 green

Final product after seeding and brushing

Our new tee markers?  Let me know what you think  we are making them by hand. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011


The first picture below is from the twelfth green taken in the beginning of March. The following pictures were taken last week when we removed the cover. You can see that there has been improvement but some of the areas have not recovered.

Weather permitting we will start aggressively aerating, spiking, topdressing and seeding all of our greens. This will be combined with a heavy fertilizer application. We will start the year mowing them a little higher. You can certainly expect slower than normal green speeds. Our goal is to get the greens in as good a condition as possible before the summer.

Thanks for your patience: