Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#1 Cottonwood Removal

Friday, we were forced to remove one of the large Cottonwoods that overhangs the right side of #1 fairway.  There was a large split on the backside of the tree and it was only a matter of time until it gave way and came crashing down on the fairway.  This is what I would consider a 'high profile' tree and with the Oak tree beside it dying, we will address that area with new trees this fall or next spring.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greens Aerification Process

September 6th (Tuesday), we completed aerification on the greens.  We used 1/2" cores on 1.5" spacing.  Once cored and clean, we then topdress and drag/blow the sand to get all the holes filled.  It was a long day, but the guys did a great job and the end results show.

The following day, we got greens overseeded with T-1 bentgrass.  It is a perfect time to get that completed with the aerification holes serving as a great seed bed.  In the coming weeks, we'll start to see the germination from the overseeding.  Early next week, we'll get our granular application of fertilizer down which will help aide in the recovery process.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fairway Overseeding

By weeks end, we will complete our fairway overseeding program.  This will be the 4th consecutive season we have overseeded the fairways and it's made a world of difference in the quality of turf. This is a long, 3 day process of sitting on a tractor and dodging sprinkler heads.  Austen is at the helm of the tractor and doing a great job!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tee Aerification & Overseeding

Monday we completed the tee box aerification and overseeding process.  We pulled 1/2" cores on 2.5" spacing followed by 5lb/m of Perennail Rye.  Once seeded, we brushed the tees so the seed would fall in the aerification holes giving it a great seed bed for germination.  With the shot of rain last night (.6"), we should be seeing germination by the end of the week,  The process went great and caused zero disruption to golf.  

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!