Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#7 Tree Work: Before/After

As the winter months move on, we continue to make progress on the tree plan for 2017.  Below are before and after pictures of the area directly right of #7 green.  We removed two Ash trees that were crunched between an Oak and a Maple.  Once the Ash trees were removed, we pruned up the remaining trees to finish off the area.  This will help the turf in that area as sunlight will be able to reach the surface.  In the coming month, I will compile the complete before/after images and post what was completed over the past several months.  It is amazing at the difference we've been able to make over the past five years as we continue to work down the list on our tree plan.  This will be a never ending battle at FCO due to the quantity of trees, but as we finish up the removals we will get aggressive with a pruning plan and continue moving forward.
#7 Tree Work In Progress
Finished Product

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter Work Update

Time to get back to the daily grind after the holiday season!  Things at FCO are in full force as we continue to get items crossed off the 'to do' list.  In the shop, we are working on the course amenities (benches, tee markers, yardage posts, bunker rakes, etc.) and Bill is busy working on the equipment and making sure everything is ready to rock for the season.

Andy putting the finishing touches on the benches
On the course, we're plucking away at our list for 2017 winter tree work.  We are off to a great start on our list, but got a long ways to go.  There have been some removals (mainly Ash trees), but you'll notice a lot of heavy pruning that's been done as well.  This is a never ending task, but we continue to prioritize a yearly list and knock out everything that we can.  We have made HUGE progress in my five years, and this year will be no different.  
Tree Work: Right of #7 Green

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Winter Prep Work Complete- Covers Down

Last week, we wrapped up the steps we take to put the course to bed for the winter:

  • Winterize Irrigation System
  • Topdress Greens 
  • Apply Preventive Snow Mold Applications to Greens, Tees & Fairways
  • Pick Up Course Amenities (Bunker Rakes, Tee Markers, Benches, Etc.)
  • Final Course Clean Up- Blow and Mow/Mulch Rough 
  • Cover Greens for Winter
  • Cut 8" Cups in Approaches (Goodman 9 Course)
After this last shot of rain, the course is really in great shape heading into the winter months.  We will stay busy with tree work, updating and restoring course amenities, snow removal and other projects we have put together for the winter.

Thanks for a great 2016 season and we look forward to an even better 2017!

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!