Thursday, October 31, 2013


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


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)