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.