Thursday, December 22, 2016

OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICK

Yes, you can teach an old dog a new trick.    It took me awhile but I finally learned how to attach a video to a page on this blog.   A little History:  One of the reasons I started this blog was to allow someone who might want to play a way of seeing what the course is like.    On the right hand side of this post you will see "course description"-- Front Side and Back Side.   I added pictures some time ago so you could at least get a feel of what the course was like.  Recently Mark Ashkinos from Screamer Vision used his drone to do a fly over of all the holes.   For the life of me I couldn't figure out how to add them to the page.   Some snowy, cold days and sitting in front of the computer for (I won't tell you how long) but I finally got it.   So..... If you’re interested in seeing the course from a birds eye view click the course description buttons on the right.  Then click the flyover button.   


PS:  I'll try and change the music later, let’s not push things too much.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WINTER SOLSTICE--

Today is the Winter Solstice. Longest night and shortest day.  (The Owls must love it)  Winter did arrive early.  We had just enough time to finish putting the course to sleep.   Winter protectants have been applied, Greens are top-dressed,  we installed the  temporary’s, brought in the rakes, ball washers, garbage cans and installed the drain by 10 green.   Our winter servicing of mowers has begun and we have some work to do in the maintenance building.  Just finished picking up the leaves before the first snow.  


This year we added a drain in the green on 14.  
















Close up view of drain.  We are hoping this helps remove water before it has a chance to freeze.  I figure it can't hurt and anything we can do to protect from winter injury is a good thing. 

Tony and Owel preparing Rakes, Garbage Cans, and Tee Markers for next year.





We just purchased a new Reel Grinder.   Here we are sharpening one of our fairway units.   Our Equipment Manager Greg, is very busy this time of year.  We have over 45 different mowers to sharpen and service.   Our mowers have to be sharp all the time in order to get a good cut. This becomes extremely important when it comes to green speed and good lies in fairways.   In closing:  Have A Great Holiday Season And A Better New Year.   

Monday, December 5, 2016

SOME GREAT FINDS

We have done a number of bird counts over the years so I tell everyone that I have become a amateur birder and a dangerous one at that.  I mean, I know just enough to think I know what kind of bird I'm looking at or hearing.  Chances are I'm wrong.  But I am always listening and looking for the next interesting Bird that may be visiting the course.  I always carry my camera for these rare moments. A picture also helps me identify what I'm looking at.   This past week was an exceptional week in the birding category....

The picture below is a Sharp-Shinned Hawk.  Sharp-Shinned Hawks are
This is the first time a sharp-shinned let me take his picture.  a very impressive find.  

tiny hawks that appear in a blur of motion—and often disappear in a flurry of feathers. It is  the smallest hawk in North America and a daring, acrobatic flier. These raptors have distinctive proportions: long legs, short wings, and very long tails, which they use for navigating their deep-woods homes at top speed in pursuit of songbirds and mice. They’re easiest to spot in fall on their southward migration, or occasionally at winter feeders.




Not to be out done,  I saw this
A special visitor:  Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon on the Cell tower
by 15 green.  First one I have ever seen at the club.  Peregrines are the largest falcon over most of the continent, with long, pointed wings and a long tail.  They catch medium-sized birds in the air with swift, spectacular dives, called stoops. They were virtually eradicated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century. After significant recovery efforts, Peregrine Falcons have made an incredible rebound and are now regularly seen in many large cities and coastal areas.