With the warmer weather we are having, we are able to knock out a lot of projects. We mowed greens this week. They have not been mowed since aerification and seem to be healing in nicely. We are also trimming up a few maples along 18 as well as taking down a dead oak to the right of 3. We have started to aerate all roughs (60acres). This will take about a week or a little longer. While the ground is not frozen, we have begun to level some irrigation heads and rework some basins. Lastly we will topdress tees one more time before winter sets in. There are a few more low areas on some fairways that will get topdressed as well.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
We have completed the greens aerification earlier this month. We used a 5/8 tine on a 2x2 hole spacing, followed by a heavy topdressing. For the most part the greens look good and the sand has drug in nicely. We first topdress the green. By doing this first we eliminate rutting of the turf from the spreader. Next the toro 648 core aerator comes along and pulls the plug, collects them behind the machine and dumps the plugs at the end of the pass. The plugs are scooped up and the sand is dragged in using brushes and blowers. A fertilizer was applied to help with recovery. Now that the cold weather has set in, there will be very little growth over the winter. My plan is to use a graden sand verticutter in April to further remove thatch from the putting surface.
We have started to aerate all the fairways. Holes 2,3,4,5,9,11,12,13,15 are complete. We will be starting to topdress holes 9,13,14,16,17 this winter. These are the wetter holes that take the longest to dry out. With some drainage and topdressing of sand, hopefully we can get things to dry out quicker. Look for more photos of the fairway topdressing program later.
We have taken the 4 pine trees behind 16 green down. Golf course architect Bill Bergin made a recommendation to take them down and replace with a few oaks and maples. These will come from 18 along the left side of the cart path. The plan is to transplant them sometime in December.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
As we go forward into the fall, be aware that frost may be present. If you happen to be out early walking the course, please keep to the cart path until the frost has melted. As you can see in these photos, someone walked down #1 fairway.
This mornings low was 29*. We had a very hard frost and tee times were delayed until 10:45. It makes for a difficult day when frost is present. We try to stay ahead of golfers mowing greens, tees and fairways. Please be patient with us as we try to stay ahead of play.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
We have had 8" of rain in the past week with 6" of rain on Tuesday. With the latest storm brought lots of wind. We have hauled off 7 trailer loads of limbs that have fallen down. Most of the basins were clogged with leaves and the waterfall was roaring. Next week looks to be dry but much cooler with several days in the low 30's. I see frost in the forcast.