Monday, September 24, 2012

Fishng Derby and Butterfly tagging

On Monday September 17 The Rockland Country Club hosted Westwood Girl scout troops 4010 and 4730 for a “Monarch Tagging day”.  After a brief lecture about the Monarch Butterflies Life Cycle 17 girls toured the course in search for monarchs.  The Program is a combined effort of a Kansas State monarch tagging program called monarch watch whose mission is to save the Monarch butterflies by educating the public and monitoring the butterfly migration habits.  “Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat.  To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to become a national priority” Chip Taylor, Director, Monarch Watch.   Rockland Country Club is an official Monarch way station.  That means that certain areas are designated milkweed areas for monarch habitat.  The only plant the monarchs lay their eggs on is milk weed.  We designate specific areas where we let the plants grow.  In late summer we catch the adult butterflies and tag them with a special tag that has its own identification number.  We have an example by our Audubon board outside of the locker rooms.  If the butterfly is found in Mexico the college can track its migration habits. The girl scouts had a great time and learned a little about golf courses and there benefit to the environment and what they can do to help the monarchs.  For more information on Monarchs go to 
Yesterday we held our annual fishing derby.  The fishing derby is a tribute to Mr. Bill Moran who was instrumental in getting our Audubon efforts started.  14 children participated and all had a great time.  In the ten and over category the winning fish was caught by Ronan Kim and was 12 inches long.  In the under ten category the winning fish was 13 inches long and caught by Adam Sujak.  Not to be out done the winner in the girls category was Jordan Flamholz who caught a 12inch large mouth bass.  We shared some laughs and learned a thing or two about how we manage our water quality with out using any chemicals. 

Troop 4010
Jordan, Adam, and Ronan with their prizes. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rough Day

Yesterday was a rough day.  The course was a mess.  Bunkers washed out.  Leaves and branches all over the place and just for good measure a tree fell across the 13th. fairway.  That, combined with installing the Belgium Block and preparing areas for the expanded cart paths while trying to get the course ready for the member member.   All in a days work

3 tee before tree removal.  cart path is being relocated to the left of the tee. 
Ready for cart path.
Large Hickory Tree fell across the 13th fairway. 

Friday, September 14, 2012


Our first week of Belgium Block is moving right along.  8 and 1 green and 9 tee have been installed and 5 green is almost done.  The block is set higher because we are going to resurface the path.  We will end up with a 4 to 5 inch face.   You will also notice lower areas.  These areas will provide access for handicap carts, our maintenance vehicles and drainage.  Next week we will continue with the block on holes 16, 12, 2, greens and 18 tee.  We are also going to remove some trees that interfere with new paths.  We are off to a good start.   

This week we finished aerating tees and started aerating and seeding roughs.  Holes 5, 6, and 7 have been finished. Holes 9 and 10 have been started.  We hope to finish the entire course with in the next couple of weeks.   We need to keep moving while the weather is good for seed germination and before the leaves start to fall.   

No rest for the weary we are working in the native areas on seven and eight.  They have become over ridden with the invasive weed called “Porcelain Vine”.  Time is again working against us.  We need to remove the weeds quickly so we can over seed with a native grass and perennial mix before it gets too cold. 

Installing the Block

Finished Grade

The stakes show the top of the path after they have put down the top coat. 

Engel finishing up the last tee!!!
Adonis is aerating the rough. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Our cart path renovation has begun.  We will start by first installing  the Belgium Block curbing on the paths that are scheduled to be re-capped.  This is a little easier and not as disruptive.  We started on 1green, 8green, 9 tee and 5green.  Tomorrow the cement truck is scheduled to come and the block will be cemented in place.  Please use some caution maneuvering around where the work is being done.   We will be having some path closures while the block is setting up.

We also started seeding our roughs.  Now that we have irrigation, we want to capitalize on the good weather and get some seed in the ground before it gets to cold and the leaves start to fall.   The course has greened up with the recent rains and the pond has come up about a foot or so. 

A few monarch butterflies have hatched in our aquarium.   The University of Kansas has a program called Monarch Watch.  You place a little sticker on the wing and if found and reported back to the university you can track the migration of the monarchs.  Check out the reporting sheet on the Audubon Bulletin board.  Also, a quick reminder that our fishing Derby is scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd. from 4 to 5pm.   Give me a call if you have any questions.   Hope to see you there. 
Preping for the Belgium Block behind 1 green. 

Placeing the block along the path, Cement will be here tomorrow.

Newly hatched Monarch
Monarch with Identification Tag.


Glad we had some rain to at least fill some of the pond. 



Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Although it is only turning the page on my calendar the month of September signifies shorter, cooler days and Monday night football.  Hopefully it also brings us some much needed rain.  The pond has never been lower.  This is due to the fact that we have not had any rain in quite some time and newly aerified fairways need to be kept moist to facilitate healing.  Work started today getting a few areas prepped for the new cart paths.  Tony and Juan are getting the path ready behind the 2nd green. 

 I  noticed some native areas have become over grown with an invasive weed called “Porcelain Vine”.  This vine has become a big problem on the left side of 7 and around the black tee on 8.  We are going to cut it down and spray with a broad leaf weed killer and plant natural grass in its place.  This way we can keep the weed in check and allow the grasses to grow.  Although I would prefer to tackle this problem with out using chemicals it would be extremly hard and time consuming if we pulled the vines by hand.   This particluar vine has become a big problem in Rockland and Westchester counties.   We have some additional work to do in our native areas this fall as we hide and move cart paths though them.   

Our goals are: 
  • Lower costs because these areas save us time (no mowing), water, and fertilizer
  • Provide food, and shelter for the various wild life we have.
  • Increase aesthetics 
  • and add strategy to the golf hole.

Tony and Juan getting path on two ready to be widened. 

Irrigation system has been put to the test. 

Pond has never been lower.


area mowed down and cleaned
Porcelain vine is strangling the trees!!!!