Friday, July 31, 2015

LAST DAY OF JULY

Last day in July and we are in the middle of a heat wave.  The course is holding up fairly well. Things are nice and green.  I am amazed at how fast green speeds change.  We had a little storm roll through here last night and dumped 3 tenths of an inch on the course in about 15 minutes.  Not bad as far as storms go.  (it could have been much worse).     It must have released some of the fertilizer because the grass has exploded.   It makes for green greens but our ball roll dropped almost one foot. We are going to double cut and roll tomorrow to get things back to where we want to be.  Of course its going to be 90 again tomorrow which will make for a long day.  




Top:    Owel, Ted, and Greg Putting fountain in pond:


Right:    Fountain is up and running. We are having some problems with the lights.  I am hoping we just need to change a circuit breaker.  The electrician is scheduled to stop by Monday and check it out.












 We dug out the dirt path by 14 ladies tee and added 4 inches of gravel and topped with mulch.  A nice improvement and it only took Owel, Marcos, and Manuel one day to complete.   Next, I want to do the same thing to connect the paved paths on 4 and 5.  We use these areas more for maintenance than the players would use them.

This is the finished product.  Much nicer and a lot less dustier.  



















Add another bird to the list!!!!  This is a Indigo Bunting perched on a tree on the right side of 14. I  Happened to hear him singing.  He is all blue and quite handsome.   I know its a "he" because the males are blue and the females are a brownish color.  First time I have ever seen one.




Sunday, July 19, 2015

A BUSY SUMMER WEEK


TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?
These two pictures are from #13 fairway where water from heavy rains sat for a few days.  The areas actually heated up and turned the grass yellow.  Luckily,  we had a few cooler days and the areas dried out and they are almost fully recovered now.   Too wet is a bad thing in the summer!!!








Here we are installing the pipe that will hold the power wire for the fountain.  Our electrician has been busy installing the control boxes.  We should get the wire in by the end of next week.   We are shooting for the fountain to be fully operational by
the end of the month.  Stay tuned!!!!!


















With the heavy rain we  had some mulch wash out by the pump house.
Manuel has been busy making a swale with some rocks to give the water a place to go.    



















In the nature is amazing department:  This is a American lady Caterpillar on it's host plant Pussy Toes (Antennaria).   I found 4 of these plants at the nursery this spring.  They are only 6 inches wide and 3 inches high.   How in the world do they find these plants is truly amazing.   










Here is a picture of an American Lady I took last year.



Saturday, July 11, 2015

GOLF COURSE UPDATE:

The golf season is in full swing with today being our first day of our club championships.   Good Luck to all the participants.    The golf course is doing pretty well so far.  Our new putting green is showing signs of wear.  We are keeping our eye on it and plan on babying it through the summer. Winter damaged areas are also receiving some special attention.  The rest of the course is in great shape.
We are going to install the fountain back in the pond on eight.  If you remember we had a fire in our pump house several years ago and the power wire was damaged.  Since then the fountain has been collecting dust at our shop.  Because it has not been used in such a long time we ran a test to see if it still worked.  It passed with flying colors.   On Monday we will begin installing the wire.  Once that is done we will get our electrician to make the necessary connections.    The fountain is a nice addition and it has lights so it will also be visible as you sit on the patio.  

Have you heard our new baby red-tailed hawk?  He (or she) is becoming quite vocal.  She is big enough to get out of the nest and move around and is calling for food every few minutes.  Also, I recently found out that our resident turkeys (I happened to see some chicks the other day. ---hard to do because they stay in the native areas) are great for keeping the tick population in check.  I see them all the time, we have quite a few that call Rockland home.   They are a nice addition.    


A couple of weeks ago chick was small.  the nest is on the right side of seven.  


















Chick is much bigger and has left the nest, but can't fly very far.  



















Testing the fountain ---still works.

Area mowed where we are going to install the power wire.  
Just learned that the Turkeys are great for keeping the Tick population in check.