Saturday, December 20, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE GREENS AND GROUNDS CREW

Small catch basin to catch runoff from the left side of 14.

Happy holidays everyone.   We are getting close to wrapping up another year.   I have to say it is nice not having any major construction projects this winter.   It has given us some time to focus on some of the details.   We added a catch basin next to the 16th tee.   This will slow down runoff from the left side of 14. Helping protect water quality in the Sparkill Creek.









Finishing up laying some sod by the cart paths.  
We had just enough warm weather last week to get a sod delivery. We finished laying sod adjacent to some of our cart paths.

















fixing the path from 7 fairway to the 9th tee.

 We dug out the dirt path that leads from 7 fairway to the 9th tee and added gravel to make a firm base.   We then topped with mulch.  The gravel also holds the mulch from washing away during heavy rains.















the finished product.   A nice path.



























Mr. Brosnan and Dr. Chee Kim getting in what may be the last round of 2014.  It's not cold!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

IT'S GETTING LATE - EARLY

Although winter has not officially started it is certainly cold enough.  I am happy to report that we have been able to get the golf course ready for it's winter hibernation.  All cold weather fungicides have been applied.  All Fertilization has been completed and Just yesterday we were able to finish up top-dressing the greens.   (of course Leaves have also kept us busy).  
Ted top -dressing our nursery,  the last one!!
10 green with it's sand coating.  
I want to thank Carmen for decorating the front entrance.
Just another example of using the courses natural beauty.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving : An easy day for the Greens and Grounds Department

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.    With the snow yesterday the course is closed making it an easy day for the Greens and Grounds Department.    Not so with the House staff as they prepare for the Thanksgiving day feast.  Everything looks delicious---Don't eat too much and make sure you save room for Dessert!!!

Course Closed Today !!!!   

Yunio and Victor taking a second out of  a busy day.   

Junior and Yunio getting ready for the feast.  

A busy day for the kitchen staff.  






Saturday, November 15, 2014

FIRST REAL HEAVY FROST



Today was our first real heavy frost.  According to the forecast we may be in for a lot more in the near future.  


 











 Last week was very productive.
14 green after drainage was installed.  
We finished the drainage in 14 green and added a drain on the left side of 10 green.  

















 We Did the Dry-Ject and Needle Tine procedures on all of the greens and started laying sod around the edges of the cart paths.  














close up view of the greens after the procedures.
We had our professional Arborist evaluate the safety of this tree and unfortunately we need to take it down.  

Close up view of tree. It is  on the right side of 15 green.




Monday, November 10, 2014

A QUICK UPDATE:

This is going to be a busy week.   Today we started the drainage on 14 green.  We got a late start because of some frost.  So we will be working on it for most of the day tomorrow.   Once complete we will move to the tenth green and run some drainage pipe along the left side to pick up any water coming off the slope.    On Thursday and Friday we are doing our dry-ject and needle tine venting procedures.   There will be some temporary greens in play as we work around the course.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

A limb fell off  a nice oak tree by the 15th green last Monday.   We are going to review the damage with a certified arborist to see if we need to take down the entire tree.    

Oh yea.... and by the way we will be picking up leaves.   All in a weeks work :-)  




Removing sod and placing next to green.  
Sod is stacked and will be replaced after pipe and sand have been installed in trench. 

Procedure goes quite well as long as they don't hit any rocks!!!!

Digging trench.






Limb that fell off of Oak by 15 green.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A NEW MACHINE TO PLAY WITH AND COTTAGE LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

We started vertical cutting the fairways this week.   What is vertical cutting or “v” cutting for short you ask?   Good question.   The preferred grass in our fairways and greens for that matter is called bent grass.  This grass tends to grow more horizontal because it tends to creep along the ground.  It can spread in to voids or divots that way.   By cutting the grass vertically we can try and get the grass to “stand up” more.   That should help support the ball and create better lies.   It also helps the grass spread.   We do it several times a year on our greens.  By purchasing this machine we intend to expand that practice to our fairways.   It will take a few times to see a noticeable improvement but eventually we hope to improve those tight lies we sometimes get on our fairways.   
Ted is verticutting 17 fairway with our new machine.  

Close up picture.   

  

Last Monday we hosted a special 5th grade class from Cottage Lane Elementary School.   We talked about the different Eco. Systems we manage and looked at invertebrates in our streams and different plants in our native areas.  We through in some golf just for fun.    A special thanks to Mrs. Patricia McFadden and Mr.John McFadden.  Mrs. McFadden is a teacher at the school and Mr. Mcfadden was the golf instructor for the day and is a current board member and past Green Chairman.    A great time was had by all.  

Mr. McFadden teaching the finer points of putting.  

great form !!!!!

Taking inventory 

Looking at soil temperatures of the different areas:  Greens, fairways and roughs 

We even found a Woolly Bear caterpillar.  





















Thursday, October 9, 2014

FALL IS IN THE AIR.

example of old path under newer one.  It became impossible to
grow turf next to the path when it got hot and dry.  
You can tell fall has arrived.  We just started getting our blowers and leaf mulching kits ready to roll.

We are busy fixing the edges of cart paths.   When we installed our new paths, in a few areas we covered the old ones.  In some cases we shifted the path in other cases the old paths were simply wider.  It will not take long we should be finished some time next week with good weather.   The old asphalt is simply removed and replaced with good soil.  We plan on sodding all the areas because it would be very difficult to seed with the cart traffic.












Our Irrigation contractor has started replacing a part inside
the sprinklers.  Unfortunately the sprinklers have to be dug up in order to correct the problem.  This is a warrantied item so it does not cost the club any money.   I have to say,
That the company really stands behind their product and wants
to make sure the system works
now and in the future.







Close up view.  
we are planning on dry-jetting and Needle Tining our greens this November.  Last week the company came and did a test run to show that it is not very disruptive.   This is a picture of the Putting green after they finished.   This is being done in lieu of the Deep Drill and Fill Procedures we did in the past.
Water and Sand are injected into the green.  

Putting green when finished.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MEMBER MEMBER - FISHING DERBY

Congratulations to this years Member - Member winners.   Mr. Roger Daly and Mr. Nhi Tran.  It has to be one of the best finishes ever!!!!  Mr. Tran holed a 40+ foot putt on the final hole for the win.  


Mr. Tran getting ready to hit his approach to 18.

Mr. Daly hit this approach wide right.  

The Winning put is on it's way.  

The victory Hug!!!


Our fishing derby went off without a hitch.   The fishing could have been better but the weather was excellent.  Everyone had a good time.