Monday, October 31, 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

The golf course is in good shape for this time of year.  We have started with leaf pick up and it will certainly keep us busy for  the next few weeks.  The grass how ever has been growing quite fast.  We have had to adhere to our normal mowing schedule.  Hopefully the growth will slow down, now that we have had our first frost. 

A few small projects that we will be working on:   (some are not so small)  
  • ·        Enlarging the black tee on 13
  • ·        Leveling the 6th blue tee
  • ·        Enlarging the yellow tee on 6
  • ·        Expanding the back of the blue tee on 15
  • ·        Re-contouring the 17th fairway –removing the grass bunker short left.  (check my last post)


Our contractor was scheduled to be here last week but he is a little behind schedule.    I am hoping he can start this week.  In the mean time we have transplanted a lot of rough sod to various areas around the course.  # 13 tee is ready to receive fill.  We will need a lot to expand the tee as much as we would like.   

Worms are always a problem this time of year.  We will try and mow fairways in the afternoons or more importantly when they are dry in order to avoid flattening of the worm casts.  


Lastly, our Dry–Jet and Needle Tine aerification was done this past Monday.  It went very well with very little surface disturbance.  Ball roll is still pretty good.   In a week or so we should be right back to normal.   

Dry - Ject procedure on our 11th green.   
Parking lot looks much better with a new Seal Coat. 

What's a weed?   A plant in the wrong place.  This is Miscanthus and some seed must have blown in this area.  If we don't remove them they will eventually take over.   
  A couple of Bumble Bees on Aster.  Getting there last licks in.  It's interesting, I have not seen any bees on any  of our mums that we have around the club house.  These are Asters and can provide some late season nourishment.  







Friday, October 14, 2016

OCTOBER UPDATE:

We just started one of our fall projects.  To re-contour the fairway on # 17.   Many years ago their was a bunker short left that we felt penalized the higher handicapped golfer.  We filled it in as a "temporary" fix.  That was about 12 years ago.  We are finally getting around to removing the mound and expanding the fairway.



This is a closer view.  We are stripping rough sod and recycling it to other areas on the course.  Where we are taking the sod from will become the fairway and the mound will be "flattened".   The hole will look better and help the higher handicapped player.


Marcos and Danny are installing the sod on the right of three where cart traffic has severely thinned the turf.  Other areas scheduled for sod include the fourth tee bank and 18th tee bank.   Other fall projects include expanding and leveling the 13th black tee, 15th blue tee, 6th blue tee and the 6th ladies tee.  We have hired a golf course construction company to help us with the heavy lifting and the earth moving.  They are scheduled to start the week of October 24th.  In the mean time we will keep recycling our sod.




A VERY SPECIAL HONOR:

On Thursday, October 20th Rockland Country Club will  receive a "Green" award from the Rockland Business Association .   This award is Sponsored by Suez and is given out to a business for Water Conservation.   This past Wednesday we were invited to participate and celebrate our achievements with the other winners on the Radio.   This picture is in the Radio Studio at WRCR AM 1700 in Pomona.   It is actually at the Rockland Boulders Baseball Stadium.  It was a first for me and quite an experience.  Pictured are the winners from left to right:  Mac Freeman, from Inovative Plastics,  The Mad Maven of Mulch (Aka-Ms. Reitman) from SUNY Rockland, Mike Shilale from The RBA Chairman of the Green Committee, Yours Truly, Susan Wilmink from KRB (Keep Rockland Beautiful) and Mr. Bill Madden: Director of external affairs Suez.  

Surviving part of the summer in stage two drought restrictions was no fun.  It is a very special day that golf is recognized as an efficient user of water. To be able to demonstrate to our neighbors what the benefits of golf can be and to offer our expertise on ways to conserve our most precious resource. On behalf of all the Golf Courses in Rockland It's nice to be recognized as the water managers we are.