Saturday, June 24, 2017

ROUGH START BUT GOOD DAY IN THE END

I knew it was going to be a tough morning as soon as I woke up and heard the rain.   Staff did a great job getting the course ready for today's final round.   Sun came out about 8:30 and play started at 9:15.    Only three holes cart path only.  Glad they had a good day to finish up the tournament.

Standing water on 16,  only 45 minutes to tee off.  

3 green in same shape.  

Of course 12 fairway,  one of our wettest areas.   Glad to report no puddles in afternoon. The sun came out and it is a beautiful day.  .  

Owel had to remove water from several greens.  

Friday, June 23, 2017

2nd. LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR

We just missed the longest day of the year but what do a few seconds of day light matter on the first day of our Member-Guest.  The staff is ready for the challenge.  At first day light preparations begin.  The staff has worked hard for the past couple of weeks trying to get the course to peak at just the right time.  Yesterday was our practice round and we mowed and rolled greens.  Bunkers have been hand raked.  Tees mowed and we finished up edging irrigation heads and some trim work just in time.   Today the matches start.  We double rolled and mowed greens, mowed fairways and approaches and again raked all the bunkers before our 9:00 shot gun.  We are Hoping the weather holds out.  They are calling for Thunder Storms this afternoon.  Fingers crossed.  

Pizza Anyone?   As a special treat a wood burning Pizza truck was set up by the half way house.  

 
Let the preparation begin : First green mowed.  
Marcos and Chico Double Rolling # 2.  
Ready to go!!!  
We added these to alter traffic flow on to the putting green. The Green is only 4 years old and is thinning.   Changing the traffic flow will not solve all our problems but it can't hurt. 

 Congratulations to this years honoree,   Our very own Head Professional Bobby Everett.   Bob has quite an impressive resume.  He literally has been here his whole life.  He started caddying at Rockland at age 12.   He played local High school and college golf winning numerous tournaments.  Bob was recently inducted into the Rockland Community College Sports Hall of Fame.   At age 26 Bob became the youngest Head golf Professional in the history of the MetPGA.  Congratulations  Bob,  Well deserved.   


Monday, June 12, 2017

10 DAY COUNTDOWN BEGINS:

What's in 10 days?  The start of our 3 day Member Guest.   Let the preparations begin:   Actually we already have started.  We fertilized fairways and bunker banks last week so that we have good color and nice thick rough.  We started Edging bunkers a week ago but only have half the course done.  We need to keep moving on them.  Today was Not a good day to work in bunkers.   At 90+ degrees even the tough boss that I am (time to laugh) has to say it's too hot to be working in bunkers.  Actually it is all hands on hoses.  A lot of watering being done today.  
Edging bunkers last week,  we are only half way finished.
The back of 13 black tee was caving in.  The guys did a nice job adding this little wall to stabilize the bank.
On a more long term note.   We are having our soils tested to see if we need to address issues that we can not see.  Over the years we have changed our aerification practices.  We decided not to Drill and fill and instead opt for a less aggressive procedure called dry-jet.   We aerify the greens once per year and fill holes with sand.   We have also increased our top-dressing frequency.   We now top-dress more frequently but lighter.  Pictured below is Steve Renzetti from Pinnacle Turf.    We sampled three greens.  The Putting Green,  Six, and Fifteen.  He will send the samples off to the lab and will report on the findings.  The lab measures for Organic matter, pore space and other soil properties that need to be maintained for healthy turf.   It takes a little time,  about 4 weeks for the results.  Stay tuned,  I am very interested in seeing what the results are.  
Steve Renzetti from Pinnacle Turf,  Taking soil samples for testing.