Saturday, October 29, 2011

IRRIGATION UPDATE:

The new irrigation system has been put on hold.  The Bank is requesting an appraisal of the property and until that is done the loan can not be secured.  What the impacts of this are is not known at this time.  It depends on when we do get the loan finalized.  The board has done a good job in the fact that no contracts have been signed so the club is not obligated for any part of the work or any materials.  Only for the plans of the system and cart paths that have already been developed.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.  I will keep you posted as things develop. 

Thanks

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Deep Drilling of Greens






We finished up our aerification yesterday on our greens. All that is left is to touch up a few spots and make sure all the holes are filled. This is the first time we have done this exact type of procedure. It is a lot of hard work. Over 30 tons of sand had to be hand fed into the machines. The staff did a great job.    Check out the video to see how the machine works.  We also have started receiving fill for the mounds between 11 and 18. I'll keep you posted on how things develop, in the mean time be patient. The greens are going to be bumpy for a week or two. We should be able to reap the rewards later in the year and next spring. 




video



here we are on 8 green.  A lot of work

Receiving fill for the mounds between 11 and 18

Friday, October 21, 2011

Green Aerification Mon - Tueday

This Monday and Tuesday we will be doing a new procedure on our greens called "Drill and Fill".  A large machine actually drills holes 3/4" by 12 inches deep.  We will be following him with our own machine.  Check out the pictures for a better description.  They were taken at Montammy Golf Club last year.  The main reason we are doing this is to improve the drainage on our greens.  It will take a little time for the greens to heal, but if the weather stays warm we should be in great shape heading into the main part of the winter, which will mean good greens in the spring. 

On another note, because we have seeded so many areas in the roughs we are asking everyone to please keep there carts in the fairways as much as possible. 

Thanks for you patience,  We need to do this in order to insure good conditions in the future. 



Friday, October 14, 2011

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY

We finally did dry out, only to get another inch last night, hopefully the worst of the wet weather is over.  The weekend weather forecast looks promising.  The area on the hill between  3 and 4 has been a problem for as long as I can remember.  The area faces north, so it receives little sunlight.  The large oak trees don't help ether. Through the years heavy rains have created gully's, and exposed rocks.  There also is no irrigation in that area.  At least until next year.  We made special provisions with the new system to make sure that area receives the water it  needs.  Because of the slope and the fact that it is so much in play we will sod the area next week.  I can't guarantee perfect grass in the future but I know it will be much better.    

We are also trying out a new re-routing of the course.  Play 1, 2 then go to 12, 13, back to 3,4 then 7, 8, 9.  that is the front side.  The backside is 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 5, 6, 18.  The idea is to make the nines more even and to break up the back and forth that happens as you currently play.   Try it out---Let Bobby or myself  know what you think.  We will be playing this new route for a few days so everyone gets a chance to try it out.  

Another piece of good news is that our mole on 14 has moved on to greener pastures.  I haven't seen him in over a week.  I think he knew we were on to him. 
3 becomes 5

worn out area between 3 and 4 on hill



Remove rocks, level, cover with top-soil then sod.














Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Update:

The rain is taking it's toll.  Area's that have stayed wet are starting to thin out.  Roughs are not immune,  add cart traffic and maintenance equipment and it only compounds the problem.  I listened to the forecast last night and it looks promising for the next several days.  hopefully they are right and we get some good drying weather.  I appreciate all the help with carts.  I know it's not fun staying on the paths, but with this extreme weather we have had no choice.  Please use the same caution regarding blue stakes.  We will have several wet areas for the next week or so. 

We have started seeded some rough areas.  Now is a good time.  (actually a couple of weeks late but you can't seed if it is raining!!!)  Preemergent control for crab grass has worn out.  This time of year there is little competition from weeds that makes fall seeding ideal.  We also are anticipating a "good chance" keeping the seed alive next year because of the new Irrigation system.  Please play these areas as ground under repair and avoid the areas with carts. 

I have had a few questions regarding small holes on the greens. They are from sampling.  We are having our soils tested for nutrients, Ph and other items  that I wont bore you with, but it is a good idea to have your soil tested to see what is happening.  Especially Ph. 

Finally we are adding some more drainage on the bottom of 14.  These areas just are not drying out. 

Thanks

new drain on 14

Seeding roughs

Mole 1 Ceplo 0 (We tied last week)