Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SNOW, FROST, AND 70

With the official end of winter behind us.  Spring is starting off like a ping pong ball.   We had a light coating of snow on Monday,  A heavy frost on Tuesday and today it will hit 70.  Grab your clubs and hit the links today!!!
Snow on Monday:   did not stick to the greens  

#1 from the club house.  Time to use your orange golf balls.



Heavy frost Tuesday

finished grinding stumps yesterday 

Owel, Adonis, and Marcos started raking bunkers  1-7 are done,  should be close to finishing by end of today.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A GREAT START?

It technically still is winter but I am not telling Mother Nature that.  The above average temperatures have made for some nice days to be outside and working on the course.   We mowed greens today for the first time since we let them grow higher to prepare them for the winter.  For March, they are rolling pretty good.  This time of year the grass on the greens has different colors.  Without getting technical, different types of grass have colonized certain areas. This can be from sun, shade, dry, or wet but in our case it is grasses that have survived the past couple of harsh winters we have had.  These areas (especially on greens) have a different color and texture and now dominate where we had winter injury.   Once things warm up they will blend in, matching the other grasses we have on our greens.  . 

Last week, I spent a day in Albany with many of my fellow colleagues lobbying our assembly and senators for some changes in our laws.  One issue that we propose is allowing us to use less than label rates.  What’s that mean?   Currently, the label is the law so if we are applying a pesticide that says we need to use 4 ounces per thousand square feet that is as low a rate as we can use.   There are products that when combined complement one another.  When mixed, we would use less of both products.  We would be able to use fewer products, which is better for the environment and saves money. 

Area on 15 green that is now dominated by "Bent" grass.


This is the approach to 14 green.  It was sodded last year with bent grass and has a
different color.  As things warm up it will match the rest of the course.













































Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SHORTS ANYONE!!!

It’s official!!!  The start of the 2016 season has begun.     Our first 18 hole round of golf was played today with bright sunny skies.  No one is happier than me.  The last two springs have been brutal.  I am happy to report that the course held up just fine.  No winter damage.  The place is pretty much a mess.  We have a lot of cleanup work to do and the bunkers are all washed out but so far so good.   Right now we have a limited staff.  We will keep an eye on the weather to see when to bring back the rest of the crew.  The forecast for the next few days isn’t all that good but I am hopeful for a speedy spring arrival.  After all we are already about a month ahead of last year.  

Great Spring form.   Shorts the first day of March,  Ya gotta love it!!!!
The end of a great day.  

From left to right:   Mr. Marty Rottmann, Mr. Chris Poleway, Long time Caddy Mr. Billy Larkin and Mr.Mike McNammee




On another note I am glad to report that we have another nesting owl on the course.