Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HAPPY HOLIDAYS


As I write this, the staff is out shoveling yesterday’s snow but the forecast is for temperatures to be in the sixties by the weekend!   That keeps us jumping from project to project.   Weather permitting we are outside working on trimming trees, drainage, and other miscellaneous projects.  We just got rid of a rock that has been bugging me for a number of years.  It is in our seventeenth fairway and was only one inch below the surface.  Every summer the area would heat up and die.   We finally took the time to dig it up.  It actually was too big to move so we ended up digging a very large hole next to it and burying it deep enough so we could easily grow grass over it.   Problem solved.   

When it is too cold we work inside.  Our Head equipment Technician Greg Hand has started his winter servicing of all the different mowers.  We have over 50 different units to sharpen.  They all have to be sharp enough to cut paper if we are to expect a good cut.  Winter service also includes oil changes, tune ups, and general service of all our equipment.   Greg takes care of well over a million dollars in equipment inventory.  

 
When we are not helping Greg we are painting benches, ball-washers, garbage cans and general cleaning and painting of the maintenance building.  Although delayed, we are still expecting to complete the installation of new pumps for the irrigation system and expansion of a few of the championship tees by the beginning of next year’s golf season. 
 
In closing, from everyone here on the Greens and Grounds staff we wish you a great holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year. 
 
Need we say more. 
 
 
 
Owel taking care of yesterdays snow. 
  
     
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Rock in 17 fairway. 
   
Burying the Rock !!!
 
 
 

Greg Hand our equipment Technician working on a fairway cutting unit. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

ANOTHER USE FOR OUR NATIVE AREAS !!!

We finished putting the course to sleep this week.  All our winter fungicides have been applied.  Greens have been top-dressed.  We are expecting to start the pump house work latter this month and our tee expansions will start after Christmas.   We should be able to work on the pump house even though the winter months.

Our compost area is finished.  They only need to remove the machines.  We gained a lot of mulch which we can use next season in our flower beds and under trees. 

Another use for our native areas.  A special thanks to Carmen our Ladies Locker room Attendant  for helping decorate the front of the clubhouse for the holiday season.   Carmen painted a few of the flower seed pods to add some final touches.  All the decorations are from the course.  Can you identify the corn leaves?   Also thanks to "Pro-shop" Pam who wrapped a few Christmas presents to be placed under the tree.


Ted top-dressing greens



Making mulch.  That is steam coming from the pile. 


Holiday Decorations
All the materials came from the course. 





                              Thanks Carmen  for Decorating the planter. 



                                                        The finished Product. 




 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Golf Course Update:

I want to start by saying a big thank you to the Greens and Grounds staff for making this another great year.   Last Friday was there last day.   I wish them a good safe, winter season and hope that next spring they all return.  I am fortunate to have such a fine group of men to work with.    

We still are busy.  Ted, Peter, Owel, Tony and Greg will be here for the next few months getting projects finished and putting the course to rest.   The work in our compost area is moving along nicely, the trees between six and seven have been removed and one tree is missing on the left side of 14?  Projects coming up in the near future include installing the new irrigation pumps and enlarging championship tees on holes 2, 11, and 15.  Not to mention sharpening all the mowers, applying our winter turf protectants, top-dressing, leaf clean up. etc. etc. etc.

In closing I want to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah. 



The arrival of the tub-grinder.  This large machine grinds up the logs into mulch. 



Wood, Rocks, and soil are now all separated. 


We have done a good job of making top-soil. 


 

stumps have been ground and logs were taken to our compost area and made into mulch. 


Three large Norway maples were removed between 6 and 7. 



 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

PHASE 2 COMPLETE

This past Monday we Verti-drained all our greens.  This combined with last weeks Dryject was done instead of the drill and fill procedure that we have done in the past.  We can do both and still provide descent ball roll.  Unfortunately it has been so cold this week that only the Eskimos have played. 

The back of the first tee has been sodded.  We enlarged some of the rough to provide more area for traffic.   We will watch this area next year and if needed we will place a bench to break up the wear patterns. 

We are currently working in our compost area.  AKA "dump".   When we installed the irrigation system we gained a lot of rocks and because of all the storms we have a lot of logs and branches.   A contractor has been hired to grind up all the debris and make mulch.  Rocks will be piled in one area to be used for future projects.  Leaves, clippings, and soil will be made into top-soil.


Our compost area has become crowded with all the work and storms we have received over the past few years. 
Preparing the first tee area for sod. 
 


 
Verti-drain machine



Holes are small enough to not disrupt ball roll




Holes are 8 to 10 inches deep.


Smoke from last weeks brush fires.  It has been very dry. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cold Today,

Today is the coldest it has been so far this fall.  A good time to stay warm and update you on the latest golf course happening's.  Course clean up continues to take up most of our time but we managed to finish sodding the fairway on number 14 and we finished our Dry-ject operation on Monday.  The forecast is for more seasonable temperatures later in the week.  It seems too early to be this cold. Time to get the tulips bulbs in the ground!!!!



This is Steve doing the dry-ject process on number two. 



This is what it looks like when they finish. 




A quick Brush and you can play without any disruption. 

We had a quick rain storm come through last week.  We quickly covered the area so we could continue working with out turning everything to mud.

This is a picture of the right side of the fairway that is now Rough.




Finished area on the left side. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HALLOWEEN UPDATE:

Fall is a great time to play and this year has been exceptional.  Firm fast has been the operative conditions all month.  We only have had .43 inches of rain all month.  The average is 4.57 inches.  September was similar. We had 2.57 inches and the average is 4.81 inches.   We are 6.38 inches below average for the past two months this has helped produce some great golf conditions.

We are planning on doing a dryject application (Monday, November 11th) and a “Pencil Tine Deep aeration (Monday, November 18th) on the greens.  We will also be doing a small hole aeration on greens number 8, 15, 17, and the putting green.  None of these procedures is all that disruptive and descent ball roll should be able to be obtained after a top-dressing and rolling.  Although these procedures are not as effective as the drill and fill operation they are not nearly as disruptive and will still help with some of our compaction and drainage issues.    

Tee expansions, compost area clean up, tree removals between 6 and 7, and the new pumps and pump house will all start in November.   We have already started the fairway expansion on 14.   Sod that will ultimately be destroyed with the tee expansions has been used to sod a few of our damaged bunker banks. 

They have found a small defect in our new irrigation sprinklers that is going to require a change out of the “internals”.   This is scheduled to be done next week.  The Irrigation contractor that installed the system will be here to do the work.  They will be replacing over 1,600 internals. There is no “digging” involved but because there is so many of them it will take a few days to finish.    This is a warranty issue and will be done at no expense to the club

For the next several weeks most of our time will be spent removing and mulching leaves.  Needless to say we have a very busy month ahead of us.
 



Started the fairway expansion on #14. 

 
Sodding some bunker banks. 





Pond is low for this time of year. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Leaf season is here!!!   For the rest of this month and November keeping the course free of leaves will use up most of our time.  Any spare time will be used to finish up a couple of nice projects.   You may have noticed that we are taking the sod that will ultimately be destroyed when we enlarge the tees and using it to touch up some of our collars, Bunker banks and we used it to finish the drain on four.   No sense letting it go to waste.   We also took a few minutes and mulched to path to the rain shelter on 13 tee.   We did not include it in our cart path master plan because we added a new path on the other side of the tee.  The mulch helps dress up the area and hides the old asphalt. 
Path to 13 rain shelter has been mulched






Drain by the fourth tee is finished.  
A sour wood Tree
We are fortunate to have a few nice (and unique) trees around the course  This Sourwood is a native tree of North America, the Sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found in other continents unless planted, and has no related species. The name Sourwood is derived from the acrid taste of its leaves, but tea made from these leaves is widely used by mountain climbers as a thirst-quencher. Pioneers used the sap as one ingredient in a concoction used for treating fevers, the bark for chewing to soothe mouth pains, and leaf tea for treating diarrhea, indigestion and dysentery. But the best known by-product of the Sourwood tree is the hard-to-find and extremely delicious honey produced from the fragrant blossoms by honeybees.

What's the rule?  


Unfortunately, in hazards (in this case a bunker) you are not granted relief from nuts or acorns.  You have to play the ball as it lies.  This is the bunker on nine that just happens to be under a Black Walnut tree.   Most of the fruit collects in the bottom of the bunker which is usually where the golf balls also collect.   We remove the fruit daily but sometimes we can't keep up with them. 








Wednesday, October 2, 2013

OCTOBER PLANS AND BEYOND


Here is a list of projects that are proposed for this  fall.   

  • By far the biggest challenge will be the installation of our new pumps for the irrigation system.  What this will let us do is water the course quicker.   By having a shorter watering time we can irrigate closer to the morning hours.  This reduces the amount of time the grass stays wet.  This in turn helps reduce disease.  The pumps will be more energy efficient so our electric bill will be lower.  We plan on adding a “green roof” on the building to conserve heat and air conditioning.  This project should start around the middle of November.  We need to make sure the course will not need to be watered once we start the project.  
 
  • We are leveling and expanding the championship tees on holes 2, 11, and 15.  This is to accommodate the extra play they have been receiving.

  • The upper 14th fairway will be shifted to the left.  This is in conjunction with our master plan.   The lay of the land tends to kick the tee shot to the left so it just made sense to move the fairway over a few yards.  


We just started installing a drain by the fourth tee.  That area has always been a soft spot.  Now is a good time to do it while the ground is firm.  Not in the spring when things are soft and wet.  
New drain being installed along side of the cart path by four tee. 
 
 
On the second hole these two tees will be connected and expanded. 



On 15 the black tee will be expanded and leveled. 



    
11 tee will be moved back where the cart path used to be and the black tee will be leveled.



14 fairway will expanded  to the left (red flags show where new fairway will be) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

MEMBER - MEMBER AND FISHING DERBY

This week I will let the pictures tell the story.  The Greens and Grounds staff spend all of our time maintaining  the course for your enjoyment.   I think last week we did that and more.   Congratulations to the Weiss's for winning the member-member and John Hess, Ella and Ronan Kim for catching the biggest fish. 


A nice crowd following the last group. 



Pressure shot




The final Putt














   Some great catches


 
 
 



Our winners with there prizes:   Ella and Ronan Kim,    and John Hess. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 This fellow watched us all day making sure we didn't catch his dinner