Monday, March 24, 2014


The first day of spring was last Thursday.  Mother nature has been teasing us with one warm day followed by several cold.  We have been busy with cleaning up the course and getting the front side ready for play. Saturday was beautiful with temperatures in the sixties.  We were able to open the front side greens and  a few golfers were able to enjoy the day.  Unfortunately the weather forecast this week is not looking so good. We may be getting some snow on Tuesday.   I have my fingers crossed that we are spared any major accumulation and that by the end of the week things are back to normal.  (after this year I am not sure what "normal" is? )  
The fist "official" golfers of the year.   From Left to right:   Mr. John McFadden- Golf Chairman,  Mr. Thomas Torpey-Green Chairman, and Mr. Rodger Daly-Environmental, Rules & Law Chairman.  

Cement truck by pump house.   

Putting the final touches on the floor.   Next come the pumps.   They should arrive on the 31st.   

Saturday, March 15, 2014


We got some more snow to melt today.  Nice that we dodged the 10 inched predicted a couple of Mondays ago.  No complaints here with us.  Next weeks forecast is so-so.  I am hoping for a good Monday because we need to finish the floor in the pump house.  The new pumps are scheduled to arrive on the 20th.  We don't have any time to waist.
This was taken a week ago.  The turkeys seem to have survived this tough winter 

Deer are eating acorns from the oak's.  

Pump house floor ready for some concrete!!!

View from other side.  

last week Owel, Tony and Ted started clearing pathways for the water as it melted.  The good news is that  I don't expect any winter kill.   The reason for my optimism is that we did not get much of an odor.  last time we had ice damage it smelled so bad that it was making me sick.   (not sure if it was the odor or just the thought of dead greens)  

We are getting close  these were taken today.    8 green is still snow covered

large part of 1 fairway and green are still snow covered.  

last week I attended Lobby Day up in Albany.   This is Mr. Rick Zimmerman our Lobbyist.  We work with NYST (New York State Turfgass Assoc.) They set up the day.   As a group we spoke to 70 different Assembly Men, Women and Senators.   The Turf industry is quite large.  In 2003 there was over 3.5 million acres of turf. 43,000 employees, a payroll of nearly 467 million and over 5 billion was spent on turf maintenance.   

A great bunch of people who with out them we would not have the conditions we have come to expect on our golf courses.  My hats off to each and everyone.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014


In like a lamb out like a lion?   According to the forecast I think March is going to come in like a Polar Bear. It's been a long time since I have seen green grass.  Since we may set an all-time record for snow with this forecasted storm I started to wonder where we stand compared to other years.  I got out my record books and this is what I found:  

Last year:  2013 we opened the entire course on March 5th.  Only to get some more snow on the 8th.  We did not reopen until the 13th.  

2012: The winter that wasn't.  We opened on March 1st only restrictions were cart paths only.

2011:  The year of the Ice damage. (10 and 12 greens).  Opened on the 6th. Winter course all temps.  Opened the entire course on the 17th.  (We kept 10 and 12 temps for quite a long time that year)  

2010:  Slow start, opened the course on the 18th.  

2009:  March 8th: Front side only, carts were scattering though.  Opened totally on the 14th. 

2008:  March 6th: Winter course open --carts on paths

2007:  Totally open on the 25th. (slower start)  

2006:  Opened on the 11th.  

I have my fingers crossed that this storm will be all rain and no snow but looking back at the records it is very common to have snow in March.  It is very typical that the course doesn't open totally until the middle or end of the month.  Unfortunately, this is the most snow we have had on the ground at this time of year and with more expected.  To make things worst, the temperatures are not going to get much above freezing next week.  This may mean that we could have a very late opening this year.   Let's hope not--the days are getting longer and the sun feels stronger so I have my fingers crossed that Mother Nature will be kind to us.    

work has continued on the pump house despite the weather. 

Floor is ready for cement.  

A lot of snow needs to melt, with more on the way!!!