Friday, March 22, 2013

We are open ???

But only for the brave.   With temperatures only in the low 40's and a brisk wind, to say it is a little chilly is an understatement.   We have been working on the stream on number 4.  When we moved the path and added the new tee, we had to also re-work the stream. 

The sod on the putting green is starting to knit.   In the next couple of weeks we will roll, aerify and start mowing it.  Once we get into April we may be removing the cover during the day and putting it back on at night.  It all depends on Mother Nature.  I expect to be able to open the green for play some time mid-May.  By that time it should be fully knitted and we should be mowing it regularly.  It will be mowed higher, and will roll slower than our other greens until it gets a chance to mature.   The First Tee should be ready for play sooner. 

The wind blew the cover off the green a few weeks ago. 

A few weeks ago the sod had just barely started pushing roots. 

Picture taken today.  Sod is finally starting to take root. 

Ted and Pete, working on stream on number 4. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

LOBBYING FOR TURF GRASS--Don't take this for granted !!

This past Wednesday I spent the day in Albany with 48 of the turf industry's finest.  We were lobbying the Senate and Assembly (we met with over 70 elected officials)  to support legislature that is extremely important.   You probably haven't even thought about it but if it wasn't for the efforts of a few key people we would not have the golf course conditions that we have come to expect.  For one example There is tremendous resistance to the use of pesticides, and with out these lobby days and the help from a few key people I am sure we would have lost the use of some of them if not all of them.   We should thank these key people: 
  • Larry Wilson and Wayne Lair, Jr. :  New York Alliance for Environmental Concerns,
  • Steve Griffen: President New York State Turf Grass Association
  • Michael Maffei,  CGCS  (Certified Golf Course Superintendent)
  • Ken Benoit, Jr.  CGCS 
  • Joseph Potrikus, CSFM, New York State Turf Grass Association
The four main issues we lobbied for are:
  1. Being able to apply pesticides at less than label rates.
  2. Adopt a State wide definition of IPM  (Integrated Pest Management)
  3. Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Fund
  4. Best Management Practices for N.Y. State Golf Courses. 
If you have questions  please use the comment area on this page.


From left to right,   Me,  Mike Maffei, Wayne Lair  in Albany for Lobby Day. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We are open (at least for now)

We are officially open. We are blessed with great drainage and that has allowed us to open with carts scattering. Our contractor also arrived this past Monday to continue working on our cart paths. They actually started laying sod yesterday and will continue today trying to beat some anticipated rain and or some snow that is forecasted for later today. We have a lot to do!!  Old paths on holes 3, 4, 16, and 17 that were removed need sod and sod needs to be installed around the edges of new paths on holes 2,3,4,7,14,15,16, and 17.  Some extra time is going to be needed on 17 when we expand the fairway.  So far so good. Let’s hope most of this snow misses us and we don’t loose too much time.

Owel and Tony cleaning greens

Old path on 4 ready for sod. 

Old path on 3 ready for sod

Blue Birds Spotted Yesterday, Can Spring be far behind?