Friday, August 12, 2016

Emerald Ash Borer- Course of Action

As many of you are aware, the Emerald Ash Borer is confirmed to be in Omaha and is already effecting many Ash trees in the area.  I did a inventory of Ash trees and counted a total of 65 trees with 31 being considered 'high profile'.  The trees that are 'high profile' have been tagged and treated.  Treatments will continue every 20 months until we hear we're in the clear.  The untreated trees (marked with a white dot) will be removed this winter.  To offset the loss of so many trees, we have begun putting together a tree replacement program and will plant new trees in the future months.  To monitor the trees, I will create a inventory book which will include a picture of each tree, measurements and the amount of chemical injection that was used per tree.  We're hoping to stay ahead of this and salvage the best Ash trees on the property we can.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

'Fun Fest'

I want to take a minute to thank those who participated Field Club's biggest tournament of the year, 'Fun Fest'.  We had great weather  for the participants and it seems fun was had by all.  I heard nothing but positive comments about the entire set up (course, staff, food, etc.) and the positive feedback was passed along to ALL staff members who made it happen.   We are blessed to have a great staff at all levels throughout the club, which makes it fun to come to work everyday.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to what the future holds at FCO.

The gallery surrounds #16 green to watch the shootout

Christine Steele took time to paint the FCO logo on #1 and #12 approach.  Added a nice extra touch!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mole Sniper


Andy is proud of his catch!
An ongoing problem on the course is dealing with animals whether it be raccoons, skunks or moles.  Andy has taken this personal and is putting things in his own hands to deal with the issue,  More traps will be out on a daily basis and we'll be taking a head count as we go.  This is not the first catch of the season, but from here on out Andy will be on a incentive based program!    

Friday, June 24, 2016

Cleaning up around the edges....

Since there are so many large trees in such a tight area, establishing playable turf in certain areas is impossible.  To clean up the area, we have cut in an outer edge, applied 'round-up' to the area and covered with mulch.  This is an instant improvement and gives the area a fresh and clean look.  This is the first area we have converted, but we will be doing more in the future months.  The area you see in the below picture is #3 (south of Woolworth) along the cart path.
Before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
     
After

Monday, June 6, 2016

#18 Tree Work

The last of the planned tree work (until November) was completed on Friday.  As you can tell from the pictures below, right of #18 fairway was overgrown and in desperate need of a heavy prune.  In total, we removed three trees along the right edge and all the remaining trees were pruned up.  This fall, we will remove two more trees that are tucked in there and once done, we will add a irrigation head and seed the bare spots and establish turf in those bare areas.  The fairway mow pattern was shifted over to the right as well.  This will help give a clear shot to the green if you hit along the right edge.  Huge Improvement!
Before

After

Earthworms in Fairways

Over the past month, most of  the comments are being directed towards the earthworm issue that is on the fairways.  I am aware of them and we are working on addressing the issue.  This is a very delicate issue as there are very few (two) products that will help eradicate the problem.  Both of the products require immediate water (preferably rain) to activate the active ingredient and push it through the soil to reach the target (in this case-earthworms).  For long term control, we will be making a test plot with three different options (Early Bird Organic Fertilizer, Sevin, Topdressing Sand) to determine which is most effective.

Just wanted to touch on this topic as people are asking, so know that we're aware and working on fixing it.      

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Greens Overseeding with T-1 Bentgrass


In effort to promote more bentgrass in the greens, we have begun our greens inter-seeding program.  We seeded greens at 3.5 lb/M with T-1 seed.  This variety of bentgrass was picked due to it's ability to out compete the Poa over time.  We have constructed an aggressive plan and will seed greens 2x/year for the foreseeable future in order to see the results we're looking for.  

Once we got the seed in the ground, we followed with a light topdress and brushed in.  That will help get the seed down in the seed bed made by the spikes on the seeder.  Once brushed, we watered it all in and you can't even tell we did it.     

Seeder mounted on 4-wheel cushman