Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bunkers Take Another Hit

Heavy rain is the enemy of our bunkers and a blow to morale.  We received 2.5" of rain on Saturday and we're still shoveling mud and pushing sand in bunkers.  An event like that happens a few times each year and it can demoralize a staff.  It's tough to lie in bed at night listening to the downpour when you know you'll be holding a shovel for the next 4 days.  New guys show up to work the next morning and wonder why the veterans are slumped in their chairs.  They find out why in the first half hour.  We are going to log over 130 man hours this week doing nothing but repairing bunkers.  It's a tough 130 hours.

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 the cold rain