Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Update:

It's the official start of summer.  With recent rains we are busy keeping the grass cut.  We need to use our blowers  everyday to clean up the clippings.  The greens are 100% better than they were.  We need to keep spiking and seeding weak areas.  The good news is we can start maintaining them as usual.  We will lower the height of cut, roll more, be able to keep them a little drier.  You should see green speeds return to normal shortly.  Thanks for your patience, It was a really rough winter.   I also would like to say thanks to the entire Greens and Grounds Staff.  It is not easy working in the rain everyday.  These gentleman show up for work every day ready to go.
Have a great Memorial day Weekend. 

A special salute to all the veterans, and armed forces men and woman around the world !!!!!!!!!!

The 2011 Greens and Grounds Crew

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 North American Bird Watch


To say this years bird count went well is an understatement.
A Purple Martin is nesting in the bird house by the pond on number 8.
It is the first time in over 40 years that Purple Martins have been seen
nesting in Rockland Country. A special thanks to all who participated.
Our very own Mr. Sean Trayner, Mr. John Bradley
and Mr. Drew Ciganek who is an avid birder and local resident of
Piermont. Without Drew's help we would not have identified all
the different species we have here. The following is this years list
of bird we have at the club.

Canada Goose                                                Brown Thrasher
Mallard                                                           Eastern Bluebird
Solitary Sand piper                                         Veery
Wild Turkey                                                   Wood Thrush
Turkey Vulture                                               American Robin
Bald Eagle                                                      European Starling
Red -Tailed hawk                                           Cedar Waxwing
Mourning Dove                                              Gray Catbird
 Red-bellied Woodpecker                              Yellow-throated Warbler
Downy Woodpecker                                      Red-winged Black Bird
Hairy Woodpecker                                        Common Grackle
Northern Flicker                                            Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Martin                                                 House Sparrow
Tree Swallow                                                Purple Finch
Barn Swallow                                                House Finch
Blue Jay                                                        American Goldfinch
American Crow                                            Northern Cardinal
Common Raven                                            Eastern Towhee
Black-capped Chickadee                             Chipping Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse                                            Song Sparrow
House Wren                                                 Baltimore Oriole

Total of 42 different species counted---WAY TO GO!!!!!!

(Double click picture for a larger view) 

Purple Martin nesting in Box by the 8th Tee

Hawk nesting left side of 15

Drew Ciganek Helping with our bird count

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Opeing Scramble

Nice of Mother Nature to give us a beautiful day for the opening scramble.  12 green is vastly improved over a couple of months ago.  Yesterday we  re-seeded all of our bad areas of the greens.  Healing is certainly  slower than what  I would like but the greens are at least getting better. 

12 green opening scramble

new seed germinated in grooves

seeding in v-cut grooves yesterday

Friday, May 6, 2011

Best Dressed?

How is this for a pair?  Mr. Martin Wortendyke and Mr. David Kaliff enjoying a sunny day on the links and showing off the latest fashion. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Getting Better:

Although the greens are not what we would like, they are getting better.   No one likes playing temporary greens but results speak for themselves.  10 and 12 are vastly improved from a month ago.  14, 17 and areas on  other greens are also improving.  Some warmer temperatures would still help to get things growing a little faster.   With all the rain, please pay attention to staked off areas.  Some spots are extremely soft, we want to allow you to continue using carts, so please use caution. 

Our annual bird watch is Saturday, May 14th.  If you are interested in helping, please let me know. I will have sign up sheets in the pro shop.  Even if you only know a few different species we really could use your help.  For example, last year we never saw a hawk that day so we could not add them to our count. 


10 green

12 green

Look closely and you can see lines of seedlings. 

Please avoid staked off areas.