Friday, April 29, 2016

Aeration Update

We had a busy week with greens aeration and for the most part things went very smoothly.  It took two full days for us to get the sand down, the holes punched, the sand brushed, and then the greens rolled.  Then we had the Soil Relievers arrive on Wednesday to punch the deep holes.  Ideally that would have happened on Monday and we would have followed it, but we couldn't make that work with the contractor's schedule and our golf calendar.  In any case all went well and the healing process has begun.  Rain Thursday and today have kept us from doing any follow up topdressing, but we've rolled a few more times and things should bounce back soon.  Below are some pictures of the process and aftermath...

Monday and Tuesday sand was applied and then Tim aerated with our machine to a depth of about 3".  The holes were 1/2" in diameter and they are about 2" apart.   We then brush the sand into the holes, roll the green, and water

Wednesday the Soil Reliever puts a much deeper hole in the ground to alleviate any compaction below the reach of our machines.  The 1/2" holes are about 9" deep and 3" apart.  Roots grow much better and deeper following this step.  

We brush and roll more following the Soil Reliever and the end result looks like this.  It's tough to fill the deep holes with sand as they are so far apart and very deep.  They should close up fairly soon with the wet and warm weather.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

High Gear From Now On

We have had a very busy few weeks and we will stay that way until next winter.  Spring is officially here we are trying hard to wrap up some much needed projects before the zoysia grass starts growing. We are working on bunker repairs, tennis court re-surfacing, mulching, tree work, and a host of other important spring jobs.  The staff is slowly growing as the weather warms up, but the to do list will be growing even faster.  We'll put aside projects soon so that we can put all our efforts into the daily routine tasks of course maintenance.  Here are a few pictures from the past week...

"other duties as assigned"

re-establishing the edge, repairing drainage, and adding sand to #7 

One of the new mowers in action.  We are mowing and/or rolling daily now.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

Upgrade To #8

We are in need of a total makeover in the bunker department, but that is a tough pill to swallow.  For now we are doing our best to make the bunkers we have as playable as possible.  They are hazards designed to impede your progress to the hole, but in some cases they are downright nasty and unfair. We just spent 4 days this week completely reworking the bunker to the right of 8 green.  Here are pictures of the process before, during, and after.  It will take some time for the sand to become fully settled, but at least it's playable now.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Clutter Control

In a daring move that has failed miserably in the past, we are going to leave all ropes and stakes on the shelf.  We brought them in for the winter for painting and have decided to try the "clean" look this spring.  We start out lean each spring and by August we have 150+ stakes and 1000s of feet of rope throughout the course.  They take a lot of time to move around for mowing and traffic control, they look terrible, and they are a pain to deal with in the winter.  If carts will simply follow the 90 degree rule we will never need ropes and stakes.  You should have received an email from the club on this issue.  We also have posters in locker rooms, restrooms, and the golf shop.  We'll have a small sign on the first hole for a few days as well.  Say "NO" to ropes and stakes.  We can do so much more with our time and the course can look and play much better if everyone pitches in.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Productive Bonus Day

This "bonus" day (February 29th) was a very productive day for us on the golf course.  We are still very much a skeletal staff, but we were able to mow greens, begin putting bunkers back together after the rainy past few weeks, and start the process of rebuilding the bunker right of 8 green.  This bunker had become impossible to maintain due to the weather over the past year.  We are hopeful that we can get it back together by the end of the week.  It's a time consuming, labor intensive process.

Friday, February 19, 2016

While We Were Waiting...

While we waited on the snow and ice to melt we did some much needed cleaning to our equipment. We have a few more pieces to go, but as you can see there is a lot to clean up.  The picture doesn't capture a few items that were in use at the time we took the picture.  When we have our full staff in place most of the equipment in this picture is on the course daily.  Everything in the picture has a specific use and and is vital to the operation even though much of it spends 4-6 months a year in hibernation.

Rob and Tim manned the hot water pressure washer 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Another Meltdown

The 6" of snow that fell Sunday night is quickly disappearing, but the 1" of rain that fell today will add some time to the re-opening process.  The temperatures in the forecast look favorable so hopefully this excess water will find someplace to go and we'll be back to playing golf.  When that time comes I can assure you it will not be a firm and fast course.  We need some longer days, warmer temps, and a long break from any rain or snow before you'll get any bounce or extra roll.  We'll send an email as soon as we know the status of re-opening the course.