Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It had to end sometime!!!

What do I mean?   Our great run with the weather had to end sometime.  Leibold, our irrigation contractor was on a roll.  He hadn't lost a day due to rain, or snow for more than three months.  On Monday he met his match.  Heavy rains forced him to take a break.  Because of the great weather we are doing extremely well. We have just a few holes left.  16, 17, 3,4,5,and 6.  We are anticipating a July finish. 

Our staff has been busy getting things ready for the unofficial start of summer.  Pool has been planted and most of our flowers are now in the ground.  Just a few touch ups remain.  We are trying to get the fountain back in the pond.  It has not been working since we had our pump house fire.  The pond also has a lot of weeds growing in it.  We are monitoring it daily.  We purchased some grass (weed) eating carp and are hoping they start taking care of it.  I think because of such a warm March the weeds got ahead of the fish and now we are playing catch up. 

We started dragging fairways last week.  When we are not mowing we drag the dew off the grass.  This serves two purposes.  It helps prevent disease.  and it looks like we mowed so your feet are not getting as wet. 

Gary Liebold checking irrigation.

Pete, Installing fountain.  We are still working on the power wire.

Equipment is ready, Too much rain to continue.

Engel is dragging fairways to remove the dew.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A little humor today

I came across this video and thought it appropriate since we just did our bird count. Can't be serious all the time. Hope you like it.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Early May

We just received our spring shipment of flowers for the club house, half way house and before you know it we will be sipping margaritas by the pool.  Mothers day signifies the end of frosty mornings and warm weather is on the horizon. 

The irrigation system is moving along at a rapid pace.  We are more than half way done.  As soon as the pipe is in the ground and the sprinkler heads are installed the system is operational, and it was a good thing.   March was the warmest and driest on record.  The system was put to the test quickly.   The contractor is extremely neat and clean.  Once the hole is finished it is quite playable.  As long as they don’t hit any rock that is.   I want to thank the membership for being patient with the installation.  No one wants to play only seventeen holes.  We are hoping to have most of the work completed by the end of July if not sooner.  Once the installation is complete they will begin to remove the old system. 
Our annual bird count went extremely well.  A special thanks to all those who participated.  This years bird will go to the Scarlet Tanager we saw on hole 15.  She was very cooperative and let us take several pictures of her.  A very close 2nd are the  Purple Martins that have come back again this year.  They are considered extremely rare in Rockland County.  They have not nested in Rockland County in over 100years!!!  All of our native and wild flower areas are starting to pay off.  We again have some coyote pups.  They have been spotted on 14.  I have to believe that one of the reasons we don't have any geese is because of the coyotes.  They are natures way of maintaining balance.  Please make sure you don't feed them. 

Thanks for your patience!!!!
Thanks to Mr. Bradley for taking this picture

Coyote pup spotted on 14. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

North American Bird Watch

This coming Saturday is the North American Bird Watch.  Every spring we take a count of the different species of birds that we see on the course.  Last year we counted  43 different species and have seen a total of 66 different species since we started counting.  The count lasts all day, and I will have bird sheets for you in the pro shop.  You don't need to be an expert.  Two years ago we did not see a hawk because is was a damp rainy morning.  They tend to stay put when there feathers get wet.  Some one playing in the afternoon may have seen one.   Our resident specialist, Drew will be here to help us count in the morning.  If interested give me a shout, or just pick up a form in the Pro shop on Saturday. 

Today marks our first golf outing.  Leibold, is taking this opportunity to finish the blue and black tees on eight.  The outing will play from the green tees.  We need to give the outings 18 holes.  Certain areas will be skipped or left until Mondays so that the contractor can keep working. 

I heard that some more coyote pups were sighted last weekend on number 14.    Last years pups have moved on.  Please, do not feed, or leave any food around for them.  We do not want them to depend on us for food, believe me they do pretty well on there own. 

The Purple Martin was spotted last week

Blue Bird on the left of 5

Leibold working on 8 blue, black tees today.