Monday, November 28, 2016

Irrigation System- Blow Out

We're one step closer to putting the course to bed for the winter months.  We got the irrigation system blown out and back-flows removed for the winter.  It's looking like later this week is when covers will get put down and that'll wrap it up for a very successful 2016 season.  Be sure to check with the pro shop on the exact covering date!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Path Edge Repair

Aside from the daily leaf cleanup we took a few days so we could finish up some edge work around the cart paths.  Last month, we finished #2,#3, & #10 on the north side of the course and this week we knocked out #5 and #7/#9 on the south.  Due to the lack of available traffic area space on the course, these are continuous problems that we're going to be faced with every year.  We do our best rotating cart traffic with our rope & stakes, but they take a beating.  We have adjusted our fertility plan (increased) for the 2017 season in hopes to keep the areas as healthy as possible.  The finished product sure does improve the aesthetics of the hole!  

#5 Path Before & In Progress 


#5 Path Completed

#9 Path Prep Work and Completed            

Thursday, October 20, 2016

First Frost: 10-13-2016

We saw our first frost of the season on Thursday (October 13th) morning.  This will get the leaves falling and start slowing the turf growth down.  It's an inconvenience to my maintenance team and golfers, but it makes a pretty picture.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hayrack Ride & Bonfire

Last Friday, we had our annual hayrack ride & bonfire at FCO.  As usual, it was a great turnout and seemed to be enjoyed by all who came out.  With the soft course conditions it made it difficult to get a path mapped out for the hayrack ride, but we came up with one on the north side of the course which separated the kids from the fire.  It worked out perfect as we didn't have kids jumping out in front of the tractor or jumping off the hayrack during the ride.  Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the festivities!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#1 Cottonwood Removal

Friday, we were forced to remove one of the large Cottonwoods that overhangs the right side of #1 fairway.  There was a large split on the backside of the tree and it was only a matter of time until it gave way and came crashing down on the fairway.  This is what I would consider a 'high profile' tree and with the Oak tree beside it dying, we will address that area with new trees this fall or next spring.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greens Aerification Process

September 6th (Tuesday), we completed aerification on the greens.  We used 1/2" cores on 1.5" spacing.  Once cored and clean, we then topdress and drag/blow the sand to get all the holes filled.  It was a long day, but the guys did a great job and the end results show.

The following day, we got greens overseeded with T-1 bentgrass.  It is a perfect time to get that completed with the aerification holes serving as a great seed bed.  In the coming weeks, we'll start to see the germination from the overseeding.  Early next week, we'll get our granular application of fertilizer down which will help aide in the recovery process.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fairway Overseeding

By weeks end, we will complete our fairway overseeding program.  This will be the 4th consecutive season we have overseeded the fairways and it's made a world of difference in the quality of turf. This is a long, 3 day process of sitting on a tractor and dodging sprinkler heads.  Austen is at the helm of the tractor and doing a great job!