Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WINTER DAMAGE UPDATE:

We expect to keep 10 and 15 greens closed until May 16.  The greens will not be totally recovered by then but we expect the new seed to be mature enough to handle play.  They will continue to be mowed higher than our other greens and we will continue to seed into the damaged areas.   We will be topdressing and nurturing them for quite some time.  They may not look very good but I am hoping to achieve descent ball roll.  14 green is going to take some more time.   We may open it on Memorial day and close it on weekdays for a few more weeks to give it more time.  It is by far our worst green.

Pump house update:  As I write this, Ed is installing and calibrating our pumps.  The electric was turned on yesterday.   Barring any major problems we should be able to water by Friday.  We Still need to check all the pipes for leaks and make sure all the heads work properly so it will be another week before I am comfortable enough to say we are up and running. 

The pump house itself is almost finished.  We need to put trim around the exterior roof line, finish up the electric, install the green roof and landscape.  The improvements to the building have turned out to be a nice environmental project and fit right in with our efforts for sustainability.  We will use all native plants when we landscape.  Far from the Bamboo that was there before.   

Our tee contractor has been on Jury duty.  He is hoping to get here this week.  Once he starts it should not take him long.  We did not want to sod any way until we had water.  

We planted some trees between 6 and 7 to replace the old Norway Maples that were there.  They were removed because of the roots under them.   In a few short years you will want to hit the fairway on that hole. 

If you think a watched pot never boils you should try watching seed!!!!    
14 green is our worst and will take more time 






15 green has gotten better.



We have gotten a lot of seed to germinate.  

















Ed is installing the motor drives on our pumps.   We hope to start filling the pipes this afternoon and testing tomorrow.








Saturday is the North American Bird watch.   This is a Brown Thrasher that  I spotted today.  He is known as one of the best songsters.   I hope he hangs around until Saturday!!!