Saturday, November 11, 2017

WHAT FROST?

 It was 23 degrees when I got to work.  A record setting low.  But where is the frost?  
Doesn't look any like frost. 
May be a little here?  
We have what I call a "Black Frost" this morning.   Its hard to see.  One of the tell tale signs is when you step on it,  It does not spring back.  A sure sigh of a problem.   What you can't show in a picture is it actually has a crunchy nose when stepped on.   This kind of frost can really damage grass if walked or driven on.   We will be extra cautious today and make sure this is gone before we open the course for play.  
On another note work has started on the new patio expansion.  
The putting green will remain closed for the rest of the season to avoid everyone walking across it.  To access the pro shop Please walk around the green.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

POST HALLOWEEN

Early November and we still have not had a real hard frost.  I am not complaining but the grass is still growing and the leaves are falling.  We are doing double duty with mowing and sweeping.  Glad to announce that most of the sodding is finished.  As time allows we will start placing the Belgium Block around selective areas next to cart paths.  This will add some "polish" to our paths. 

I am not sure if Benny is smiling because this is his last piece of sod or he is just a happy employee.  Either way works for me.   
This time of year worms become an issue.   Last week I was asked if we were letting the fairways grow a little.   I had to say that they are longer,  but not intentionally.   We are trying to mow in the afternoons when the grass is dry to avoid pancaking the worm casts.  When they are dry they tend to break up. If they are wet they turn to mud and can smother the turf.  Because the days are so short the grass doesn't dry until late in the day.  That doesn't give us a lot of time.  Unfortunately sometimes we are forced to cut when the grass is wet just to get them mowed.  
Sorry about the clubhouse area looking a little messy.  We are getting ready for the construction.  Large plants have been removed.  Smaller perennials and shrubs are being relocated around the clubhouse.   

And finally a fitting end to October-----Trick or Treat?    

Monday, October 23, 2017

A BUSY DAY

A Deep - Tine: Dry Ject Day.  As soon as we could see we were on the putting green making sure everything was in working order.   Actually the Club House lights helped us gain a few minutes.   The following are some pictures to show the process.   All the greens are finished.  Considering all that was done, ball roll is very good after this procedure. 
Started at the crack of dawn.   Going to be a long day.  
Work in progress.
This is the Verti-Drain machine with needle tines.  We were going down about 7.5 inches.  





Dry - Ject Machine uses water to inject sand into the profile.  We were getting the sand down about 5 inches.
Close up view.  


Final product after brushing and rolling.  


Close up view of final product.   Ball Roll is not bad all things considered.  By the weekend you should hardly be able to tell we did anything.  Everyone will sleep good tonight.  





Finally,   We released our last tagged Monarch Butterfly this past Saturday.   Hope she makes it to Mexico in one piece.  





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

STILL DRY BUT COOLER TEMPS ARE FAST APPROACHING

Cooler temps for sure.  Today was our first good frost and we are starting to spend more and more time with leaves.   We are also using the cool weather to sod a few areas.   These areas are around  trees, cart paths or "trees and cart paths".  If you see yellow circles and squares you'll know where we are going next.   This area is on the first hole on the right side in the landing area. Many carts exit the path under the trees and have to avoid the far bunker making it a very congested area.  Not to mention shade. 






 If you see an "S" in the middle of the yellow line you know that's where we are going to lay sod. 














If you see a "B" in the yellow line that's where we are going to insert Belgium block.   All of these areas are near paths.  Some are where the cart path curves and we have worn out the sod on the inside of the curve.  Other's are where exit and entrances are used and the paths just need to be a little larger.  we will start with the sod and then move to the Belgium Block.  We can work on the block areas when the weather gets worse.  The sodded areas need to be finished sooner so they have some time to get established.   


When we have a frost we can't work on the golf course (turf that is).  We capitalize on frosty mornings to work on the edges.  For example, getting the areas ready for sod, or mowing native areas and in the case of this picture we are starting to remove the plants that will be in the way of the new patio expansion.   Perennials and some shrubs will be transplanted to other areas of the course and the annuals will be put in our compost pile with all the leaves.   


Friday, October 6, 2017

A MONTH WITH OUT MEASURABLE RAIN

picture shows how low our pond has gotten.   
Mother Nature has turned up the heat and shut off the faucet.  It feels like September was warmer than August and October is following right behind.   Even the best irrigation systems can't do what natural rainfall can.   First, it's the quality of water itself.  Our irrigation water contains bicarbonates.   This is not a major problem and only shows itself when we don't get any rain.  They can potentially build up in the soil.  Rains help dilute and leach the salts further into the soil profile where they aren't able to cause any trouble.   Temperature---our pond water has been as high as 80 degrees.    Rain can be in the low 30's.  Its not unusual for rain to start off as ice or snow high up in the clouds and melt as it falls.   The cold rain does have a cooling effect when it hits the turf.    Finally and most importantly rain is pretty consistent.  If there is one inch in the rain gauge you can pretty much plan that the whole course received one inch. 
Talk about consistency.  What's wrong with this.  A line of brown turf????
The irrigation head is right behind the tree.   With all this technology we can not "bend water" it shoots in a straight line.  Before you ask why did we put the head behind the tree realize that what ever side we put the head there will be an area that does not get water.  This situation only presents it self if we get into long stretches of dry weather.  Normally this is not an issue because there are other heads that help water this area.   
Our bunker edges have become very deep.   We normally would not want this however because of the age of our bunkers and the amount of times they have washed out the only way to fix this is to add sand to the edges.  This would create more "fried egg" lies which no one wants.   If your ball happens to end up next to this edge you may have to be creative to play you next shot but at least it won't be buried.


In Closing:  We ended September with our 7th annual Bill Moran Fishing derby.  Over 15 Children of all ages participated.   Pictured here are the winners.   Jessica caught a 14.5" Bass,  Emma her sister followed with a 10", and not to be outdone was Tristan who caught a 14" Bass. but said "You should have seen the one that got away" !!!!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

A few small issues have popped up over the season and as time allows we will be addressing them.  One such area is the mulched path to our 8th tee.   We wanted to touch up this area so we decided to use Belgium Block to create a more formal walk way.   As time allows we will be adding more block around paths that have been worn out by cart traffic.  Hopefully the added few inches we allow carts to stay on the paths instead of wearing out the grass.   You may have noticed a  small area along the path on the first hole.
Wanted to touch up this area.  
Finished walk way is a little more "polished".
We purchased some sod and will touch up a few of our bunker edges.  Lucky there are not many of them.  
Owel, Sebastion and Benny installing some sod.  
A few Mums to spruce up the front entrance.  
These are conks and mean that the tree has a rotting fungus which will compromise  the integrity of the tree.   We may have to take this one down for safety reasons.  
In closing,  we had some special Audubon visitors last week.   Allie Eustis is the Program Specialist,  Christine Kane is the Executive Director and Marcus Grey is the director of cooperative Sanctuary Programs for golf.   We have some great news.  Rockland has been selected as a site for Raptor Relocation.   It is a program sponsored by United Airlines and implemented by Audubon International to relocate Raptors that are captured at area airports.   Obviously birds and airplanes don't mix and caught birds are currently being  euthanized.  Audubon is trying to help save these great birds by releasing them on qualified golf courses.    Its a great idea, and this is just a pilot program that we hope to continue around the country.   We will let you know if we release any birds.  Stay tuned.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MEMBER - MEMBER GOES EXTRA HOLES!!!!

A very exciting end to the member-member tournament.  
Lots of interested spectators watching flight champions competing for over all winner.  

Half the field went down 10 the other half went down 1.  

Mr. Joe Ascolese  in the final group coming down 18. Hitting his approach shot.  

Partner, Mr. Al Johansmeyer next to play.   













Pressure is on, Mr. Tim Lehey  hits approach while partner Mr. Rockford Chun  Looks on.  


Putt on 18 to go into extra holes.    

Great shot from right rough on first extra hole.  

Strategy, strategy, strategy.  

Chance to put the pressure on.  

Great final put to win the match on first extra hole.  

Congratulations to Mr. Joe Ascolese and Mr. Al Johnnsmeyer this years Member-Member overall winners.
Congratulation to Mr. Tim Lehey and Mr. Rockford Chun for finishing in second place.
and Congratulation to all the flight winners.   

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WATCHING WATER BOIL


We have been busy prepping the course for the Member - Member.   Daily, Double cutting and rolling have started.   Working on getting all the rough mowed and detail work done.  Looking forward to a great tournament.   Cool mornings mean a lot of dew forms.  Nice pin,  don't be short!!!

Here is Jay applying a foliar Fertilizer.   Trying to get the grass to grow to fill in the holes but also want to maintain green speeds.  A tough combination.








They say a watched pot never boils.  Well, I can tell you that watched aerification holes never heal. At least it seems to take a long time.   Luckily of course the water boils and yes the holes do heal. Greens are getting better and better every day and we are only a couple of days away from putting this years aerification behind us.  


Greens are in good shape just need a little more time to heal over.

Some areas are almost completely healed.
















Other areas need just a few more days.















Ball roll is not that bad.