Tuesday, November 29, 2016

GIVING TUESDAY

Today is the day.   I really appreciate what Audubon has done for us here at Rockland.  A few donation dollars can go along way in keeping this great program working for us.
For more info log on to:
    
              https://www.nygivesday.org/organizations/audubon-international



Thursday, November 24, 2016

SUPERINTENDENT PARDONS


President Obama is not the only one who can give Pardons on Thanksgiving.   Saw these guys today picking at some seeds in our native area and thought we could give them a pass today. 😊

Kitchen Staff is busy preparing for a big day.  


Blowing out the system,  putting the course to rest for the winter season.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

LAST DAY?

Is this the last great day for golf?   The forecast is not so great for the upcoming Thanksgiving week.  Not that it's bad,  it actually is about normal but today is about 15 degrees above normal, mostly sunny and not much wind.   A hard combination to beat.  
1st hole on a beautiful Saturday Morning.  

Picture of the 8th green.  Pond still has a way to go before it's full.  Fountain and Falls turned off for season.  Conserving energy.


   Our contractor got held up on another job but is scheduled to be here next week to level and expand the area on 17.   in the mean time we harvested some sod from the rough  and used it at the pool.  We also are receiving free fill for the black tee on 13.  We literally hit "pay dirt" because the fill is really nice. 
Pool area was in pretty bad shape after a tough summer.























Finished product.  The sod from 17 is much better.   Please replace divots, Repair ball Marks.  It will pay huge dividends  in the spring.   The turf is not growing so any damage will be around until things warm up in the spring.  Divots will sit dormant over the winter but will grow  next year.



This time of year we ask that you place the rakes in the bunker.  That's so they don't get run over by carts or maintenance vehicles and it makes it easier for us to pick up the leaves.














In closing I want to thank the Rockland Business Association for awarding us this years water conservation award.   It's nice to be recognized as a judicious user of water and not a water waster.   

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ELECTION DAY !!!

A quick update from the course, then I'm off to the polls.    Two big changes:  1. we are keeping bunker rakes inside the bunkers.
Normally we place them in the grass but because of leaves we would like you to keep them in the bunkers.  Less chance of running them over with a mower or golf cart.   2. We also have raised our height of cut on greens to allow them to become a little shaggier.  The reason is simple.  It helps protect them from harsh winters.  We will sacrifice a few inches in ball roll if it will increase our odds of healthier greens in the spring.








This is the forward tee on six.  It is in need of some tender loving care.  "BLOW IT UP"  was what one golfer told me.  So we will!!!
















The process has started.  We have begun to remove the sod.  Once the sod is gone we will rototill the area,  haul in some topsoil, level and then sod.   The finished product will be about twice the size.   A good fall project.

Of Course Leaves take up the majority of our time. But these projects can be done when we have a frost.   Our staff is only here for a few more weeks and we want to stay productive.  We are fortunate to have such great guys working for us.