Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Minor Tweaks: Summer Stress & Mow Patterns

We are always making minor (sometimes major) changes to the way we maintain the golf course.  Sometimes we are our own worst enemy and it can catch up with you very quickly.  With the record breaking heat we've had and the lack of rain, collars and green edges are a constant struggle for us.  To help reduce the stress levels, we will start walk mowing collars and the cleanup edge on greens.  This will keep the heavier machines off these areas and reduce the stress on these playable areas.  

Over the next week or two, you'll see white dots and flags down the center of the fairways.  We are marking the center line of fairways to bring the half/half mow pattern back for summer.  This saves us a lot of time as opposed to mowing the angles every time.  If done right, this gives the course a nice contrast with the stripes in the rough.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Adios 'Big Country'!

Due to some serious safety concerns, 'Big Country' was removed last week.  As you can see from the pictures below, the majority of the tree was hollow and what was left of the tree was deemed a safety hazard.  Drefs Tree Service came in and removed the tree for us and we're in the process of getting the stump graded out so we can get some sod &/or seed on the area.  As of today, the plan is to see how the hole will play with this monster of a tree gone.  If necessary, we will plant a new tree or add a fairway bunker in the area.   

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Nice for Spring to Finally Show Up!

With the abnormally cold weather, things have been extremely slow to green up and grow.  In the last few days, things have really taken off and started to take shape.  Irrigation system is charged, spring time applications (insecticide, fertilizer, herbicides, pre-emergent) are being made and the crew is taking shape.  The course is in great shape as we head into late April, so come on out and enjoy your club!

Monday, April 9, 2018

What a difference 6 years can make!

The weather this spring has been wild!  Not only has it been bad for golf, it's been very challenging for us as we're trying to get applications down for the season.  We've taken advantage of the cold weather and knocked out all the landscape beds (mulch & edge) and cleaned up the clubhouse beds as well.  We're staying busy, but some warm weather would sure be nice!  

Compare what we looked like in 2012 vs what we look like in 2018....wild stuff!
April 6, 2012

April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tee Box Re-Alignment

The majority of our tee complexes are squared off, but we had five holes (#5,#12,#13,#17,#18) that were rounded off and #5 was aligned with the OB fence rather than the fairway.  We marked off the new edges on the tees and will now use those white lines for the new mowing pattern.  This process will take a month or so (weather pending) to grow in and take shape.  This will help give us consistency throughout the course that we're looking to achieve.    
#5 Tee: Looking from back of tee to fairway

#5 Tee: Looking from front to back

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Course Open!

March is always a hectic time of the year for us as we're usually starting to see temperatures that allow us to get the covers pulled and get the course open.  This year we have a total of 47 stumps to grind and clean up.  In the coming month, we'll get the stumps filled with soil and sodded. 

Covers have been pulled and the greens are now ready to go for the season.  Everything seems to be coming out of dormancy nicely as I am not seeing any ill effects from the winter months.  

We look forward to a great 2018 season!

Andy plucking away at 1 of the 47 stumps that need done

#14 Green after pulling the cover

First mowing of the season

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Removing Ice & Standing Water

With the warmer weather finally here the melting snow and ice is thawing out causing standing water on pockets of the golf course (#3 & #8).  If left as is, we are increasing our chances for winter kill in these areas.  After breaking the top layer of ice, we are able to get a pump in the water and eliminate the ponding from these areas.  By taking the proactive approach, we're more than likely saving the turf left of #3 green as you see in the picture above.