There is a moving target on the practice facility today.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Due to ground conditions, less play, less staff, etc.. we have begun using our winter hole location plan. In past years we've asked that you move the flagstick to the "spare" hole before leaving the green. This year we have added two extra holes on each green and will be using covers on the two “spare” holes. The staff, not the golfers, will rotate the flagstick among the three holes. This will hopefully make life better for the greens and the golfers.
What is the ruling?
For those wondering about what happens when the spare hole is on the line of your putt, the Rules of Golf cover this situation. Since this a hole made by a greenkeeper, it meets the Definition of Ground Under Repair. You could choose to play your ball as it lies, but you also have the option to take relief. Rule 25-1b(iii) provides guidance on how to take relief if desired.
25-1b (iii) On the Putting Green: If the ball lies on the Putting Green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the Nearest Point Of Relief that is not in a Hazard or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The Nearest Point Of Relief or maximum available relief may be off the Putting Green.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Raccoons have made themselves at home again after a several years of peace. For the past 4-6 weeks we've been cleaning up the aftermath of their late night eating binges. We may go a week or more with no damage and then have a solid week of destruction. We had a successful year of grub control, but earthworms have never been more abundant and they are candy for raccoons as well as moles. There isn't much we can do that is legal, or practical so we will continue to make repairs as needed and hope that it is just a phase that won't return for many years. Here is a link to a short article on the subject...
Raccoon damage at the bottom of 7 fairway
Worm castings on 17
Sunday, October 6, 2013
It has been almost two weeks since we aerated greens and the recovery is on a very good pace. Great weather before, during, and after the process has been the biggest reason for this. We also made the decision to create a "gap" on the tee sheet for the Wednesday and Thursday following aeration. This gap of 90 minutes from 10:30-12:00 allowed us to do more brushing of sand, rolling, etc...which we can't do at daybreak because the greens are wet with dew. I anticipate green speed to pick up a little each day and hope to be back to 10.5' on the stimp meter by the middle of this week.
We removed roughly 6% of the surface area by using 5/8" tines on 2.25" x 2.25" spacing. Ideally we would get at least 15% of the surface area each year in order to keep greens healthy and functioning properly. In other words we need to do better as our two aerations affect only 12% of the surface area. Tighter hole spacing would allow us to avoid adding another unwanted aeration to the calendar. Unfortunately our current machine, a 1996 tractor mounted unit, is limited in its set up. I'm pushing for a new walking aerator for Christmas. The new machines have much greater versatility with depth and spacing and make a cleaner hole to boot. This will not only improve the greens, but should also help with the recovery time following aeration.