Monday, February 19, 2018
With the rain & ice keeping us off the course today, we're spending the day cleaning up the massive pile of branches we've accumulated at the maintenance shop. The fact that we're so land locked forces us to keep branches/logs/mulch in an extremely small area. It's a constant struggle for us to keep this area clean and regulates how much pruning we can accomplish over the winter months. Since we do not own a chipper at FCO, we rent a chipper several times throughout the winter to clean up our mess and start the whole process over again. Free fresh mulch anyone?!
Posted by Nick Leu at 7:16 AM
Monday, January 22, 2018
One of our 'to do's' this winter was to create new tee markers that tied together with the overall theme of the course amenities and ones that would hold up through the course of the season. In looking at many different options, we came up with the tree branch look. This continues the natural theme throughout the course and should hold up well as it sits in the elements all season long. To purchase similar style markers through a catalog would have cost over $1,700! We have about $150 in supplies wrapped up in the project and we'll be able to make more markers quickly if need be.
Posted by Nick Leu at 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Over the last three weeks, we've been working (along side Drefs Tree Service) on completing our tree pruning/removal plan. Below are some pictures of the areas that we've been working on. There have been some removals, but we're trying to give the large Oaks some attention by getting a heavy prune on them. We started at the top of the hill on #7 north and worked all the way down to the green and cleaned up the left side of the fairway. It will make a huge impact on the hole as if you're on the left side of the fairway now you'll actually have a shot at hitting the green. We have a long list of work yet to complete, but we're off to a good start! *click on picture to enlarge*
|Looking down left #7 (North): Before|
|Working on Large Oaks|
|Left #7 (North): Heavy Prune on Maples|
Posted by Nick Leu at 7:29 AM
Monday, December 18, 2017
Posted by Nick Leu at 5:55 AM
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Due to the lack of moisture we've had over the past 6 weeks, we had to get creative in our effort to get water to the greens. Since the irrigation system is already winterized we rigged up our sprayer in order to hand water greens. This time of year the turf plant does not require much moisture, but we were starting to see some areas show some wilt. The whole course is dry and very firm, so hopefully we can get out of this dry cycle and get some precipitation sooner than later.
Posted by Nick Leu at 7:17 AM
Friday, December 1, 2017
November 20th, we winterized the irrigation system and shut down all the irrigation satellites for the season. This is a full day worth or work, but very important as we head into the winter months. The process went off without a hitch and we should be in good shape with the irrigation system as we head in the the spring of 2018.
Posted by Nick Leu at 10:42 AM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Below are images of what was recently planted in the landscape bed between #2 & #11 tee boxes. We tore out the hostas and wild strawberry's (mainly weeds) and put down a weed liner, panted new materials and used rock to finish it off. Come spring, it will start to take off and give us nice color all year long. This will be be a huge improvement in such a highly visible area.
|Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass|
|Hydrangea Pinky Winky|
Posted by Nick Leu at 11:42 AM