Thursday, June 28, 2012

Closing in on completion of irrigation

The final count down has started.  We are nearing completion of the irrigation system.  All the main lines are now complete.  All that remains is to install the sprinklers on holes 3, 5, and 6.

How about our pond!!!! It has made an fantastic recovery. There is very little algae left and I am glad to say we did it with out treating with any chemicals.



All smiles,  the last pipe was fused together on 6. 

We had a lot of algae this spring




A nice clean pond!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

MEMBER-GUEST WEEK

Liebold took advantage of the outing on Monday to install the irrigation at the range.  Although rocky they were able to finish up on Tuesday morning.  The range irrigation is now ready to go.  We connected to an old pipe that runs under 9w. The pipe is in good shape but is very small.   It would have cost over $10,000.00 to run a new pipe under the road.  The old Pipe will still work,  we just will have to run only one sprinkler at a time. 

Work at range on Monday during the outing,  Just a few rocks!!!!

Pipe connection is small but we will make due. 


A full load. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

LOOKS LIKE SOME GOOD WEATHER


The long range forecast calls for clear skies and warm days.  I hope you get a chance to play and enjoy a nice round of golf.  You may have noticed that some of our tees have turned yellow.  Not to fear this is the result of a growth regulator that was applied a few days ago.  The Idea is to stunt the poa (a less desirable grass) and promote the bent.  The yellowing will go away in a week or so.  

The irrigation system installation is moving along.  We have 3, 4, 5, and 6 left to do.  They are going to install the main lines first then go back and put in the sprinkler heads.  If it seems like things are moving a little slower than when we started, you are correct.  With outings and tournaments we have restricted the amount of time the contractor can work.  This was expected and planned for and is just a part of doing work on golf courses during the season.  We are still expecting a mid to late July finish.  

            We experimented last fall and dug up some plants called phragmites.  These are considered very invasive because they crowd out the native species. Here is how we did it.  First we cut down the plants, and then removed two feet of soil making sure we got all the roots and placed the material to one side.  Then we dug down another two feet and placed that material to the other side.  We then put the first pile in the new hole basically burying the roots of the phragmites by at least two feet.  Then put the sub soil on the surface.   For the most part our experiment seems to have worked.  Tony removed a few remaining ones earlier this week.  We will keep an eye on this area.  Our intention is to create a small natural wet area.    
Installation of Main line across # 4 fairway

Tony Pulling invasive weeds

Yellowing is caused by chemical,  It will go away in about a week. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

USGA PAYS ROCKLAND A VISIT

Every year we subscribe to the USGA for a turfgrass advisory visit.  Adam Moeller, is the northeast Representative and was here yesterday giving us some advice and helping to improve our course.  Topics discussed were Irrigation system, new cart paths, Pond weeds, Greens condition and speed, our environmental efforts, capital projects and general turf condition.  He was happy to see that we removed a few trees by the twelfth green and thirteenth tee to improve sunlight and air flow.  The new irrigation system will take some time to fine tune.  Areas that were once dry spots, may well have adequate water and wet areas may now become dryer.    He cautioned us about excessive green speed.  We are aiming at keeping greens 10 to 10.5 on the stimp-meter, perhaps bumping that up for tournaments.   From comments I have been getting from the membership that seems like a good number.   Anything faster would be hard to keep on a daily basis. In general he was happy with the course conditions and agrees that with the addition of the new system and cart paths that are soon to be installed that the course is in for some great additions. 

Blue birds hatched in the bird house on 14. 


Adam Moeller was right on target with his soil probe and hit a  drill and fill hole.  Notice the roots coming out of the sand. 

The new city line is operational.  It if keeps raining we may never need it.

Some night time visitors decided to have some fun with the irrigation markers.


Friday, June 1, 2012

STEADY PROGRESS


The unofficial start of summer has arrived. The staff has worked hard through all the rain we had last week getting the pool and club house planted with all our colorful annuals. Making sure all the rough got cut and bunkers raked. etc...... We are in pretty good shape heading into the real heat of the season. The greens were slow last week because of the wet conditions. Things are starting to dry out now. I stimped the greens today at 10.5.
We started installing the city water line today. It runs from 9w near the ninth green along the left side by the property fence to the pond. We are replacing the old 3inch line. If we ever get into drier conditions this pipe will help keep the pond full.



pool walk way

Just need some time to let the flowers grow.

city water line,   certainly needs to be replaced.