I created this blog to give the membership an insight to the Field Club maintenance department. We are a 'behind the scenes' operation, so this is intended to fill that void and inform you on what progress is being made on a daily to weekly basis.
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!
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!
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!
It's that time of year where the majority of Andy's time is spent checking and watering greens. We use moisture meters throughout the day to monitor moisture levels in the greens profile. This tool allows us to keep the greens at consistent percentages and takes the guess work out of the equation. Weather pending, we're keeping the greens as consistent as possible on day to day basis. So far, so good!
The last 'open' project on the course is now complete! Last week, Flinn Paving got the new path poured and overlayed. Since we moved the stairs to the center of the tee, the round-about was moved to match up to the stairs. Once Flinn was finished, we graded out the old round-about and sodded it in. As the sod takes hold, the area will be roped off for the time being. Thank you for your patience in getting this wrapped up, but it was well worth the wait!
Thank you to the very generous members and their families for their sponsorship of the new signs. They have been updated to match the new scorecards and we've added the handicap for the hole on the sign. There are still several signs available to sponsor, so contact Kevin for more information. Thank you again for making this happen!
With this stretch of wet/cool weather, it makes for perfect conditions to alleviate compacted/high traffic areas by using solid tines and aerifing them. Andy is getting around the bunker complexes as well as cart path entrance/exits. We're using 3/4" solid tines and going 2.5-3" deep. This makes a huge difference in turf quality, especially come mid summer.