Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Venting Greens

With the 3" of rain over the past 5 days, the greens needed some fresh air!  Monday, we used needle tines and went about 3" deep to vent the top layer of the greens.  Besides being a little softer, this process does not affect ball roll what so ever.  The greens perked up nicely and really look healthy as we approach the winter months.  Weather pending, we will do this process one more time prior to covering greens for the season.   
               

Fairway Overseeding

Last month, we completed the fairway overseeding process which I started doing five years ago.  This process has made a huge improvement on the density and condition of our fairways.  During tee aerification, we overseed the tees as well.  In this process, we use a total of 4500 lbs of seed which breaks down to a 5lb/m application rate.  It is a long process, but well worth it when completed! 
                  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall Aerification


Last week, we completed aerification on greens & tees.  Both processes went smoothly are are back to their 'normal' playing conditions.  On greens we went with a process called 'DryJect' which does not remove any material from the greens.  It creates a channel in the green (5"-6" deep) and it is immediately filled with kiln dried sand.  We pump right around 25 tons of sand directly into the green profile during this process.  We also used this time to overseed greens with T-1 creeping bentgrass.  I'm seeing germination already (especially in the aerification holes) as this is our attempt to establish more bentgrass in the greens and slowly push out the poa.  It's a long process and time will tell if we make any ground in this area.  

On tees we pulled a 1/2" core, pulverized them (dusty mess) and then overseeded with Perennial Rye.  As of today, we have great germination and the tees are healing nicely from the summer stress.

Both processes were long  and tiring, but these practices are what allow us to have great surfaces throughout the year.  Great work by my crew on completing these tasks!


Custom Made Railings

A few weeks back, we put the finishing touches on the new stairs with custom made railings.  Bender Ornamental created the railings and installed them with great precision.  They really turned out great and finish off the look and functionality of the stairs.

Here is a before/after picture of #9.  Oh how quickly you forget what it used to look like!

Before


After

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Sprayer & Sod Cutter

Huge thank you to the Board & Chris for moving quickly to replace our sprayer that was on it's last breath.  The middle of summer is NOT the ideal time to have sprayer issues, nor is anytime for that matter.  We purchased a new John Deere 300 gallon sprayer.  Having the lager tank (old sprayer was 200 gallons) allows us to make applications (especially fairways) more efficiently saving us several hours each application.

We also upgraded our sod cutter as it saved us money to purchase at the same time.  Our old sod cutter was a 1966, so needless to say, it was time!

Thank you again for all your support!
                
                      

Monday, July 24, 2017

Topdress & Venting


After last weeks brutal heat & humidity, we're getting oxygen to the roots by venting the greens this morning.  We have a nice break in the weather and hopefully some rain this week, so it's perfect timing to get this done.  We'll brush the greens to work the sand into the canopy and give it a shot of water once they are brushed.  Great work by my staff last week getting through that stretch of weather with only minimal scars!

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 16-17 Storm Damage

Below are just a few of the pictures I took from the storm that rolled through on the evening of June 16th.  FCO was hit with 2+ inches of rain along with 60-80 mph winds.  We lost a few trees that uprooted/snapped in half along with another 8-10 trees that will need to be removed due to extensive damage.  Drefs Tree Service got on property on Friday (23rd) to clean up the large trees and they are scheduled back in a few weeks to start cleaning out trees that have 'hangers' in them.  

I want to recognize my crew for their hard work to get the course cleaned up and playable WITHOUT shutting down the course.  Tee times were NOT even delayed on Saturday morning, so great work (like always) by my team!  Thank you to the membership for playing around my crew as we worked to get it cleaned up!