Tuesday, September 24, 2013


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 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Member-Member and Fall are closing in fast.

We are busy getting things ready for this week’s member-member tournament.  Things are shaping up nicely and looks like the weather may cooperate.  (Although they are forecasting showers for Saturday---I will keep my fingers crossed)  Greens have healed up nicely and are rolling really good.   For the first time this year our new putting green is rolling the same as our other greens.  We are going to play summer rules again starting today.   The short week has us jumping just to get all the grass cut.  Next week we will start aerifying tees again.   We only got half of them done.   
We are starting to cut down some of the native areas.  This is an easy way to try and control some unwanted plants that have sprouted.   By cutting them down you don’t let them produce seed.  You also control “woody” plants before they get too big.  In some areas we will try and seed a grass mixture that will both survive our climate, add to our diversity and increase wild life habitat.  
What's your preference--black white as pictured here or lines as pictured below? 

Tony mowing down some Mugwort --not a good plant

Owel cutting down flower area between 5 and 4. 
Last Saturday the SCWA (Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance) met at the maintenance shop before testing for Enterococcus, Nitrates, and phosphates in the Sparkill Creek.  Unfortunately the creek is not very clean.  We are testing to see if we can find out where the  pollution is coming from.  The Sparkill creek is just to the left of our 16 hole and ultimately all of our run off ends up in the creek. 

Last Saturday we hosted the Sparkill Watershed Alliance. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Back to School.

 Today is the day where millions of children return to school.  It means many beaches and swimming pools are closed for another season.  Golf can and should still be a priority. With the aerification behind us we are primed for a great fall season.  Greens are rolling much better and you can't even tell we aerified fairways.  We still have a few battle scars from the hot summer.  These areas will continue to be seeded and fertilized in the next few weeks.  

The new greens nursery left of the sixth tee is starting to take shape.  By next summer we will have the green in good enough shape to use some of the sod.  By using the plugs from the aerification the grass will match our greens. 

We had our first Monarch hatching last week.   We attach a sticker to the wing of the butterfly.  The code is then sent to the university of Kansas where they track there migration habits.  Who knows maybe one day they will find a Rockland Monarch Butterfly in Mexico. 
This is a picture of our old nursery.  Too small and not in good shape. 

Plugs laid out on expanded nursery starting to germinate. 

This Monarch just hatched.  We tagged Her (yes it is a female)  and set her free to overwinter in Mexico.