Friday, September 30, 2016

FISHING UP SEPTEMBER WITH A RECORD

On a closing note to the month we finished up September with a record breaking large mouth Bass. Caught by Mr. Tom Caracciolo.   Pictured below it is the biggest fish we have ever caught at our 6th annual Bill Moran fishing derby.  This beauty came in at 16 inches.  


Everyone had a great day and Tom had some competition.  Kate Rottman caught a 14 3/4 inch bass and Tristan Conklin caught a 14.5 inch bass.  
Kate Rottman showing off her catch. 

Tristan Conklin with his 14.5 inch bass.  

You can tell from these pictures that everyone had a great time.   The fishing Derby is held in honor of Mr. Bill Moran who was instrumental in us becoming Audubon Certified.  Besides being a fisherman,  Mr. Moran was an avid birder, camper, skier and of course golfer.  We show case our pond as a example of our environmental management.  The pond was very prone to algae problems in the past.  We built a 2000 gal a minute water fall to help keep the water oxygenated and moving that acts as a water hazard to the left of the 8th green and is also extremely attractive.


"next year I'm bringing my pole"  
 We added two devices called Sonic Solutions.  (one at each end of the pond)  These kill Algae by using Sound waves.  We Dye the water a dark color so sunlight does not penetrate all the way to the bottom.   We also have fish that eat aquatic vegetation.  That allows the sound waves to do there job.  We keep the grass high around the edge of the pond.  This slows run off from heavy rains.  The slower moving water allows any particles or contaminates to settle out of the water before they get to the pond.
A little help please.  




All of these practices combined have allowed us to stay algae free for the past ten years.
 A perfect afternoon.

Our Member-Member tournament went very well.  Congratulations to all the flight winners and to overall champs John Bennett and Rob McGrath, who beat Aidan Quinn and Colin Gray on the final hole of the shootout.  
Mr. McGrath lining up his final Drive.  

Mr. Bennett:  Right down the middle!!!!!

Our damaged areas in some of our roughs are much better.  The cooler temperatures have helped a lot. We still have some areas that need attention but a lot of the seed has already germinated.  We will be fertilizing in the next few weeks.  That should help thicken things up.  In closing we are fast approaching October.  We are busy getting ready for leaves and cooler temperatures.  Keep those clubs handy.   October is a great month to play some golf.  











Friday, September 16, 2016

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

You won't see our fountain lit up anytime soon.                                        


                   Why?

















It has become a resting spot for our Mallard Ducks.   Unfortunately the water level in our pond is so low we can not use the fountain.  It basically is sucking air.  Also, you may notice the flow over our falls is less than usual.  Again it's because the intake of our pump is out of the water.  The forecast is for some much needed rain on Sunday.  Every little bit will help.   As Benjamin Franklin once said "you know the worth of water when the well runs dry"






For our Monarch Watch Program,  Last week  we had the pleasure to host Girl Scout troop 40393 and 40756 from New City and Germonds.   We gave a short presentation about the Monarchs life cycle and how they migrate all the way to Mexico for the winter.   Here they are holding up coloring books donated by Audubon International.








Ready for some Monarch Butterfly Catching !!!!!!!



This Picture is showing a Tagged Monarch.  The program is run by the university of Kansas.  You place an Identification Sticker on it's wing.  If found the university knows where and when the tag was placed and can track there migration habits.  Monarch numbers are in decline and they need all the help they can get.   They only lay eggs on Milkweed which we allow to grow in several areas around the course.





On a sad note:  J-Pat's mother recently passed away.  J-Pat comes to us from Camp Venture and Divots fairways for us every morning.   You probably will never see him because we make sure he never is in any one's way.   A couple of years ago we asked Paul from Club Car if he could slow down a golf cart and make it brake going down hills to see if J-Pat could drive it.   It took some practice  and a few downed marking stakes but now J-Pat is a professional driver.   J-Pat has a wonderful family and I constantly remind him how lucky we are (I have a pretty good family also!!!) Last week he took his sisters for a ride around the course.  It is a pleasure working with J-Pat we enjoy every day that he is here.   Just make sure he has his coffee in the morning and we know it will be a good day.