Wednesday, October 22, 2014


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


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.