Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Paving done.....What's next !!!!

Paving is done.  What’s next?   While the paving certainly could be viewed as the “hard part” I think the tie in’s in some cases can prove to be quite difficult.  The tie-ins refer to the sodding or seeding around the new cart paths and the addition of top soil to where old paths were removed.  It can be quite a challenge to remove a path and make it look like it was never there.  One example of this is  number three.   Owel and Tony are moving the Yardage Rock, Ball washer and plant material from the right side (where the path was) to the left. (where the new path is)

The contractor can work until the ground freezes.  The problem is when the ground is frozen the supplier can not harvest the sod.  Some other “extra areas” that need to be finished include the tee on four.  Smoothing the hill on three (while they remove the old path), and enlarging the fairway on 17.   Today they put the finishing touches on the putting green.  (We had a few small rough areas that needed to be sodded.) The putting green is completely finished.  Now we only have to wait until the sod knits and for that we need some nice spring time temperatures.   

I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a Healthy and Happy New Year. 
The End of paving,  just outside the maintenance shop. 

we are taking rough sod from 17.  Notice the yellow line on the left side,  that is where we are enlarging the fairway. 
Double click the picture to view in larger scale. 

Sod from 17 was placed in front of the 8th. green. 

The grass in front of the green will now be maintained at rough height. 

The machine is where the old path was!!!  Can you guess what hole?   Answer is below.

Owel and Tony are moving the plants from the bed on the right side of three to the left of three. 

We applied a fungicide for winter disease,  they are finishing some sodding around the back. The project is now complete. 

If you guessed the back of 13 green you are right !!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


The end is in sight and just in time, the paving plant is shutting down next week.   The only areas left to pave are 15, 16 tee and the road to the compost or dump area.  17 came out great.  That was the only path that I thought we would have trouble fitting in but it looks great. 

We had some "free" extra sod from the putting green so the staff is taking advantage.  We made a new chipping area to the right of the 18th green.  We are in the process of installing some rough sod around the 8th green between the green and the pond.  If you make it over the water you will be in the rough instead of the native area.  Next, we want to enlarge and level the ladies tee on eleven.  To be honest that tee is an embarrassment and really needs to be fixed!!!!

Touching up the half way house path. 

The new path on 17 looks great.  It is less visible than the old one. 

Paving the path for 15.  (this path connects the maintenance shop to the course) 
Ted, Owel and Tony removing sod on 18 and installing extra sod from the P.G.
Finished collar area on 18 green.  Came out great. 

Friday, December 7, 2012


The start of the cart path on 18. 
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, It seems like the time is slipping by and old man winter is knocking on our door. The putting green expansion is 99% complete. We only need to sod some rough areas around the perimeter. The green came out great and I can't wait till next year when we get a chance to hit a few putts. In the mean time we will cover the new sod with a cover that will protect it from the winter and also keep people from walking across it. The pictures below tell the story.  

To update the cart path work. Today they are paving around the half way house and tomorrow they will finish #3 and continue down 17. We are running out of time. We still need to finish 16 and all of 15 and build a new road to our dump or compost area. I have my fingers crossed that the weather stays a little warmer for just a couple of more weeks so we can finish the paving. Once completed they will start adding soil around the edges and either sod or seed.

Preparing the green for sod. 

laying the sod on the green.  They walk on the ply-wood to keep the soil smooth.

Sod on new putting green.

view from behind the first tee.



Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30th.

Doesn't December just sound cold?  I thought I would update this blog before the cold sets in.  (even though it is supposed to warm up next week).   Good news the Mix that we chose to build the Putting Green meets USGA specs.  They started installing it today.  It will be 12 inches deep.  They work from one edge to the other accross the green. This way the bull dozer actually never touches the gravel.   The irrigation was installed on Monday. 

Cart path work keep progressing.  Today they are sodding down 11 and 13 cart paths.   They are fast approaching the most difficult area on the course.  That is by the 17 th green.   Making the transition up to the green is going to be difficult.  It needs to be smooth and wide enough for our maintenance equipment because we are eliminating the main road that runs through the fairway.  When finished, It will be a big improvement. 

Installing Irrigation at Putting Green

Installing greens mix to cavity of Putting Green 

John spreading mix. 

Widening Path toward 17 green. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I can't believe it has been over a week since my last post.  Things are moving along at a good pace.  Today, they are working on the paths on holes 3 and 4 and are paving the paths on holes 17 and 16.  Tomorrow they are going to sod around some of the paths that have been paved.  The Practice Putting green has the drainage installed and the gravel layer is in place.  We are waiting on the greens mix.  It needs to be tested for particle shape and size so that it conforms to the USGA guide lines.  The contractor is not working this Thursday and Friday because of the holiday.   Next week we will install the Irrigation in the putting green and continue with the paths.  

We have laid off our seasonal staff.   I want to thank them for another year of hard work and dedication.  I could not do it with out them.  With all the work being done, leaves to pick up and winterizing left to do the remaining staff has their hands full.  Thanks for your patience during the construction, we are doing everything possible to provide you with the best possible conditions.   

My best to all of you,  have a great Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!

John and Joe checking depths of gravel layer

gravel layer installed and first tee being stripped and leveled.

Taking advantage of a frosty morning Stan and Adonis are planting Tulips. 

Paving the cart path on 14.  The Truck is bringing  the asphalt to the paving machine. 

Monday, November 12, 2012


Work is progressing at a frantic pace.  The practice green is starting to take shape.  The sub-grade should be approved tomorrow or Wednesday.  The next step is installing the drainage.  We are following the USGA guidelines for putting green construction.  This method has been proven for many years and is the same procedure we used on our other new greens. 

They paved the path on 10 and 11 tee Saturday.  Today they are paving 13 tee and working down the fairway where the two paths intersect.  From there it is up to the green. 

Our staff has been busy with leaves and clean up.  Believe it or not we had to plow 3 inches of snow on Thursday.  Some of the extra putting green sod will be used to expand our greens.  The picture below shows Owel enlarging the 6th. green. 

lastly:  Today we are aerifying greens.  it is going very well, but I am worried about tomorrows forecast.  We can not aerify if it is raining.  The sand will not go in the holes.  Give the PUTT line a call for the latest course conditions. 

Owel expanding the 6th green. 
moving along with the putting green expansion
Aerifying greens today. 

New path 10 green turn around. 


Monday, November 5, 2012


It was nice to drive in this morning and see power in the club house.  It will take some time for Chef Matt and Mike along with the staff to get things up and running.  All the food needs to be ordered and  restocked.  When I was up there this morning Mike was working on getting the fire alarms reset and working. 

I want to thank my staff for getting the course playable as fast as they did.  We had some major clean up that needed to be done.  A few of them had to wait in lines for hours just to get some gas so that they could make it here.  I missed Halloween (or may be not----Chris Christie postponed it till tonight in New Jersey)   Our construction company started the first step in rebuilding our putting green.   No rest for the weary. 

Mr. Tod Growick, and Mr. Dominick Ragone enjoying some post Sandy Golf 

Chef Matt was all set for Halloween. 

They started work on the putting green today. 

Staff did a great job getting the course ready for play. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Power at the shop---no power in the club house

We are still feeling the effects of hurricane Sandy.  Club House is with out power.  We got power at the shop some time last night.    We have been busy with course clean up,  and cart path construction started on Thursday barely missing a beat.  These pictures tell the tree story. 

This is behind 16 green.   Lucky it didn't fall on the green.   Luckier it didn't fall on the neighbors house. 

Two trees here,  between 3 and 4. 

Some people may miss this one.  between 12 and 14 tees. 

Hickory between 11 and 13. 

Despite having their shop flooded. The construction crew started up work this past Thursday. The Asphalt plants are still shut down so they concentrated on prepping  the path between 11 and 13 
 and started sodding 7 and 8. 

Path behind 7 green has been removed and was sodded yesterday. 
Benjamin had to remove the stump in the middle of the path on 13 tee.  I don't know why he is smiling.  : )


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Course update

Still no power,  course is open with limited carts.  Our carts are electric and we are not sure how long they will hold a charge.  There is no problem walking.  There will be no food service or lights in the clubhouse until  power is restored.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy update

No power, but the greens staff has started the clean up.   Several large trees down, lots of debris. Good news is everyone is safe.  No trees on greens or tees.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Let the paving begin. Yesterday they finished the 8th hole and today they are working on 9. They are only working half a day tomorrow because of the Ray Jamison Pro-Am Tournament.  For the remainder of the week they will be working on 5-6 and 7.

Most of the staff is busy picking up leaves. We are also getting the bridge on four ready to be moved closer to the pond. This gets the path out of the middle of play and more off to the side. At the same time we are going to enlarge the green tee. It is way too small for the amount of play it receives.

Working in last Friday's rain. 

The official rain suit

Paving the 9th fairway cart path. 

Cart path will be moved to the right along the ponds so that it is less obtrusive. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sorry for the delay

Sorry for the delay in posting. My computer was hit with a virus and I am just getting it back to normal. So what has been happening? The cart paths are starting to take shape. They are installing Belgium block today on 16 tee and 7 green.  Only a few small areas are left to do.  Over one mile of block will be installed by the time we are all finished.   Cart paths around 13 green, 7 green, 16 tee, have been removed and new ones have been added and are ready for paving. Paving should start either latter this week or early next. We will keep you posted on course conditions as they change. Please, watch for postings and follow the green and blue stakes. We have been playing some forward tees and I am sure there will be some hole closures as we start paving.

We had our first heavy frost last Saturday and that signifies the start of leaf season. The staff will be busy picking up the onslaught of leaves that are beginning to fall.  We will also start our fall fertilizer applications  this week. Hopefully we have some warm days left to enjoy the course.

Yardages have been installed on the new irrigation heads. 

Shortened up the path on 10 to avoid the steep slope. 

New path will go down the left side of 16 tee. 

removing the path behind 13 green. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Work is progressing nicely on our cart paths.  They only have a few more areas to install the Belgium Block.  ( 1 tee, 7 green, 11 tee, 16 tee, 15 tee and green).   The so called easy ones are done.  The rest of the block will be installed around new cart paths or cart paths that will be re-located.  I have had a few questions regarding the height of the block.  Please realize that we are adding two inches to the exiting black top as a re-coat so the block will ultimately only be 4 to 5 inches high.  A very easy and non intrusive step.  Some areas have been lowered to allow drainage and maintenance equipment.

There are a few paths that "cut" through our flower beds.  It is a little early to be transplanting so I have my fingers crossed and hope the plants survive.  Time will tell. We will keep them well watered and do our best to help them survive.   We hope to start paving in a week or two.  At that time there will be some hole closures.  We will do everything we can to keep the course as playable as possible.  There is a lot going on and the area's that we are working in changes from day to day and sometimes hour by hour.    If you have any questions please give me a shout.

Adding block around 13 tee

Tree moved from 11 tee

trees from 1 tee and 11 tee.