Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pro Am Week

Here it is Pro Am week, and of course the rain decides to show up this week.  This is one week I always hope stays on the dry side.

Below is common sight this morning, this is the bunker on the right of #18 green. Yes bunkers are washed out after the 1.25" of rain last night.  Most of them are not too bad, but we always have a few that require some extra attention.  Some shoveling of sand , adding sand or just some extra raking is what ever it takes to get them back in great shape. 


Just want to take a moment to say a big Thank You my staff for the great job and effort they have been putting in this year.  They are a great team to work with and be a part of, accomplishing many of the detail items most golfers don't notice.  Thank You!!

Good luck to all Pro Am participants!

We will see you on the course.

Ross


Friday, July 6, 2018

July Course Update

Here we are July already and the Pro - Am is just two weeks away.  Even with the drought the golf course has been in great shape.  This has been a year of adjusting to the ever changing weather conditions, what is normal any more.  Conditions change daily and we just try to keep up.  I hope you have found time to come out and enjoy your course.

One of the items we are dealing with is some contamination of bent grass on our tee surfaces.  When we installed the tees they were a blue / rye grass mix, through natural processes there is some undesired bent grasses encroaching on them.  The middle of June we did a trial on the front nine, basically we applied a chemical to help eliminate the bent grass without hurting the blue or rye grass.  There may need to be some fine tuning and more applications made to totally eliminate the undesired grasses.  The good side of the chemical is we can reseed with new grass right after application.  As shown below the bent grass is not looking too healthy after the first application, this is one of our most contaminated tee surfaces.  We will wait and see how aggressive we want to be trying to eliminate the undesired grasses.  If you have any comments or questions please give me a call. 



Bunker raking, or lack there of, continue to be an issue.  The maintenance staff does not rake the bunkers every day.  We will go through and touch them up if needed.  Ultimately it is the golfers responsibility to to rake the bunker. 

Four Basic Rules for Raking the Bunker
-Always enter and exist the Bunker on a not so steep area
-When raking please leave there area as smooth as possible
-On the lower edges please push the sand towards the center of the bunker 
         This prevents sand build up on the low side
-When finished Place the rake with the head in the bunker and the handle along the edge

We will see you on the course.

Ross



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What all happens in a Day

What a welcome to some rain the last week.  Most all the rough areas have a green tint to them, not growing much but at least look like there is a little life in there.  Even with the rain we are still under severe drought status.  It will take more timely rains to get us back to a more normal moisture situation.  So please continue to use extreme caution in where you are driving your golf cart; utilizing the carts paths as much as possible and please no unnecessary driving on the golf course. 

So what exactly happens in a day with the maintenance staff.  Well here is most of the tasks we will accomplish for Wednesday; change cups move tee markers, change all practice green cups, brush greens and aprons, double cut greens, roll greens, spray greens, mow tee collars and aprons, touch up bunkers, drag fairways(as shown below), mow fairways, mow rough, garbage, change coolers, clean restrooms, fill sand n seed, fertilize and water flower pots, cut up a downed branch, push mow and weed eat the Club House area, spray weeds with the hand sprayer, check irrigation in the parking lot area, monitor the irrigation and pump house, check moisture in greens and hand water if needed, and various other small items I may have missed.  As you can see many tasks to complete to keep the golf course in great shape. 


Above is a new item we purchased this year.  It is called The Dew Draggin.  We will use it to drag the fairways before we mow them.  This will knock the dew off the plant and also stand this grass up for a better cut.  

Summer is here I hope you find time to enjoy your course.

Ross

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

RAIN !!!

I think that was the driest / hot I have ever seen the Golf Course.  We were on the verge of having some serious issues. The last few nights was the most we have ever irrigated in the last 21 years.  But now we have received some much needed rain, .32" in the rain gauge.  This definitely give a slight feeling of relief. 

An email went out last night to the member about golf cart driving and etiquette.  Even with the rain these rules still apply.  Carts are the number cause of turf damage on the golf course.  Here are a few general rules; stay on the path when going to and from the Club House, keep all four wheels on the path, scatter your driving patterns when the cart path is not available, and just remember any driving you are doing on the course you are causing damage.  See below for cart damage pictures. 








With the heat and dry the golf course has been a little slow in filling in.  Now with the rain I expect many of the thinner areas to fill in, most areas were seeded but did not establish.  We may have to reseed some of the areas again.  This week we are also scheduled for our second application of fertilizer, with a good release this will also help fill these areas in. 

We will see you on the course.

Ross

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Growing Season Is Here

The grass has really started to take off, with a little moisture all areas of the course are growing well and starting to fill in.  Yes we did have to ever seed a few areas on the fairways and tees, but nothing too major.  Most all the smaller areas will fill in rather quickly. 

Lots happening on the maintenance side of the golf course right now.

This week we planted more trees around the practice facility.  This will complete the first phase of trees to go in that area.  Again the purpose of the trees is to give us a buffer zone between the course and the road.  Check them out, if you have any other tree ideas for the course please let me know. 

Our new greens/ collar brush arrived.  This tool was put to work right away, as shown below.  The brush will be used to help stand the grass upright and then we will mow it.  This will give a us the best chance of having a good quality cut, helping control any grain in the plants growth.  I am sure you will see noticable improvment. 




Over the last couple of weeks we have also added sand to the bunkers.  We only add where sand is needed, most areas we like to have 3-4 inches of sand in the hitting areas.  Every time we add sand I get a few complaints about having plugged lies in the bunkers.  Yes this is common as it takes some time and moisture to help firm any new sand up.  I wish I had a better answer than that but it's just part of the process.  When going through this process we may miss an area that is in need of sand, please let me know if you hit the liner or see any liner showing.  Thank you

Our tree guy finished up grinding the big stumps early May.  We have cleaned up all the grindings, we are now in the process of filling the holes with dirt and seeding.  All the new seeded areas will be marked with pink flags, please do not drive or walk through any of our newly seeded areas. 

Most of the rest of the time we are just trying to keep up with the mowing.  If you have nay comments please feel free to contact me. 



Come out and enjoy your course!!!

Ross


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May is Here!

Yes it is officially May, our weather has seemed to level out and be a bit more normal for now. To think just two weeks ago there was still some snow on the ground, hard to imagine that now.  

The last 10 days have been crazy to say the least. With the dry weather our main focus has been to get the irrigation up and running, it has been a bit of a challenge. First we did have a couple of leaks, which is normal for the amount of frost we had in the ground this winter.  Second there was an abnormal amount of hard water deposits to flush out of the line this year, basically we removed the guts out of each head and flushed until they run clean as shown below.  Thank you to the maintenance staff for a couple of days of flushes my lines. The good news we have been up and irrigating since last Friday night.  Yes there are few problem heads we are still working on, but for the most we are functional. 



The Golf Course continues to greenup and improve everyday. Starting next week we will also be getting on more regular mowing schedule. Hope you find time to come out and enjoy your course. 

Ross

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Golf Course Open

Yes the golf course is open, at this time walkers only. There is still frost coming out of the ground in areas. This causes the surface to be mushy and not stable. Until everything firms up no carts will be allowed. Hope you find time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. 

With late arrival of spring it has put 2-3 weeks of spring work into a very shortened amount of time. Some items on the course will not be addressed until the frost is out, others will take some time to get caught up. If you see anything that may need some attention please let know. 

If you are out on the course please make sure to do you part in repairing ball marks, fixing divots and raking  the bunkers.  This morning I already found a bunker not raked. This is just lazy. Please respect the course and the other golfers that play the course. 



We will see you on the course. 

Ross