Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Steamy Week

We have been about 10 degrees above normal every day for the past week.  The forecast for the next few days, including Member/Guest is for more of the same.  That's great for the zoysia fairways, but the bentgrass and golfers would be better off with milder weather.  The storm we received yesterday only made greens more prone to summer decline.  Our regular venting with 1/4" solid tines will come in handy this week as the greens will likely remain very warm and damp.  A cool down soon would be super.  We'll break the aerator out again next week for our 5th trip around the course.

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Geese Return....Temporarily

You may have noticed that there is an increase in the goose population and subsequent mess they produce.  Several nests off the golf course produced a handful of goslings and now they've found their way to our ponds.  In addition to this we've seen a group of about 30 geese stop in to molt.  At the current time none of the geese can fly.  For this reason we do not bring the dogs out as doing so would train the geese that the dogs aren't a "real" threat.  As soon as the molting period ends and the geese begin to fly, we will bring Gus and Lou back and the geese will disappear.  This should be in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tournament Time

We are ramping up for next week's Member-Guest.  The forecast doesn't look perfect, but we've got things just about ready and expect everyone to have a great time.  The heat this week and for the next few days will require us to manage things with caution.  We don't want to set ourselves up for disaster by pushing greens too hard too soon.  We will have things fine tuned for the event and then settle into a routine for the remainder of the summer.  


Friday, June 5, 2015

Help Us Help You

Two timely topics of great interest lately....

With increased play comes increased wear and tear on the course.  Please remember to fix at least one ball mark on every hole.  Also, with the practice tee in constant use it is critical to be careful in how you use your space.  In order to have grass all season long you must follow the steps below.  Also, the hitting area is defined daily with ropes and bag stands.  Please stay within the hitting area when practicing.
  • Properly repairing ball marks
  • Practice tee habits
DO NOT remove the entire area when practicing
DO leave a little turf between rows of divots


Summer Team Coming Together

Our summer staff is trickling in one by one and soon we'll have a full house.  Some are veterans from previous summers (Sam Watts is in his 6th season) and some are new to the team.  So far I'm really excited about the way they have worked together.  They are catching on quick and have tackled some messy work with a great attitude.  It is amazing what we can accomplish with the extra hands.  5 guys equates to roughly 200 man hours in a week and that is almost double what we had.  We'll have 10 extra once everyone arrives.  It's a breath of fresh air every May when these guys arrive and I hope you have an opportunity to get acquainted with them during the next few months.  They are quality guys with very bright futures.  A thumbs up or pat on the back goes a long way so if you're happy with the course, please share it with them on the spot.  I'll handle the coaching when things need to be addressed, but your help with the positive reinforcement would be greatly appreciated and go a long way towards keeping the team on the right track.

Tim, a retired superintendent, has aerated all 20 greens three times in the past month and all 90 tees twice in that time
That's a lot of walking and a lot of holes
Sam, Austin, and Barton doing some much needed clean up.....in the cold rain


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wind and Water


The wind has dried things out over the past few days.  Irrigation was used for the first time this week and, as expected, there are some new problems to solve.  Several nozzles popped off, a few heads stuck on, and a few heads never came on.  We tested things during our spring start up and found a few glitches.  Now we have a few more to address.  The system is just over 20 years old and is starting to show some age.  Jimmy "owns" all things related to irrigation and does a tremendous job keeping us up and running.  His plate will stay full with irrigation issues from now until we winterize the system in December.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Greens Aeration Update

We had a very good day Monday with both the weather and equipment all functioning perfectly.  The deep solid tine aeration was accomplished with the help of a contractor.  We followed this process with a very light verticutting that is slightly visible yet not disruptive to putting.  The third step was a traditional spiking with our aerator.  This step is slower than the first two and is now being completed around golf.  We decided to postpone the light topdressing to another day as we could not stay ahead of the big machines and didn't want to put a heavy topdresser on a soft, freshly aerated green.  That was the only tweak to the plan.

The deep holes will hopefully get the roots to move a little further down and alleviate some moisture holding issues in some lower places on greens.  The verticutting was just enough to encourage some more upright growth and clean up some of the longer leaf blades that tend to lay flat. The final step with our aerator is done to help the top two inches breath a little easier.  This step has now been done twice this year and we'll do it as often as we can throughout the summer.  We don't have the luxury of changing out the potting mix like we would in a flower pot.  We can't till the soil like we might do in a garden.  We have to figure out ways to improve the growing medium without screwing up the putting quality.  In the fall we will likely be using our traditional coring tines and backfilling the holes with sand.  We'll make a final call as the season unfolds and we have a better idea of our situation.  The work we just completed should be smoothed out completely by next Monday.