Thursday, August 17, 2017

August Update / USGA Visit

Well the last week has been an interesting one.  We have not received any big rains, but everyday there has been some moisture in the air.  In fact I have not run the irrigation for a week now, never thought that would happen after the drought we are in.  The heavy morning dew factors does make it difficult to get a quality cut on the turf grass, also that has caused the grass to grow in a crazy fashion.  So we have to slow down and make sure everything is getting cut properly.



It has been one week since we had the hydraulic leak.  Everything is looking well considering, on #8 green we actually have some burn from the detergent we used to clean up the oil.  This should recover in a timely fashion, along with the oil the streaks.  As shown below before and after pictures, everything is looking better.





Notice in the picture above, the not repaired ball mark is way worse than the oil leak.  Please repair ball marks.  

Tuesday, August 22, we are having a Turf Advisory Service visit from our USGA Agronomist.  It has been four years since we last had a TAS visit.  Typically there is some very useful maintenance information that will come out of this visit.  I always look forward to the USGA Visit and some of the useful information he reports back to us with.  We will typically get the report a week or two after the visit.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Thank You.

Ross

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hydraulic Leak!!

Yes on Thursday we had a hydraulic leak!  It happened on #7-#9 greens.  Thankfully it was not any worse than that.  Sometimes when these things happen the operator can not see the oil until it is on the grass blades for 5-10 minutes, that was the case this time.  At least another crew member saw something was wrong. 


So the process begun of trying to cleanup the oil, in this mower's case it is a bio oil.  The bio oil does help with long term cleanup, but does nothing for the initial heat burn of the grass plant.  The process involved using a detergent and lots of water, to disperse any oil that was there.  Through the process there was some damage to the thatch layer in the green, we will be hand top dressing these areas as needed to keep the greens putting smoothly.  I am hoping everything will heal up quickly with minimal damage.
This is the final result on Friday.

The big question is will we lose any of the grass?  That is unknown right now but will continue to monitor and adjust any maintenance practice as needed.  Every leak can be a little different so we will see what the results are from this one.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Good Luck to all Jack and Jill Participants This Weekend.

Ross

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Irrigation / roots and more

The drought in the area continues, so far the irrigation and well system have been holding up to abnormal expectations.  One of the projects this week is fixing some coverage problems with our irrigation heads.  Most of the problem is with the small rear nozzle that will plug up and give inadequate coverage.  There is a newer style nozzle out that we have been replacing the old with, the new nozzle provides better coverage and a new design that does not plug up as easy.  As shown below the red nozzle is the new one, and the black is the old one.  The second photo below is of an area with inadequate coverage.  You can look to see these areas improving with the new and improved coverage.





The next project we are working on is the roots in the fairways.  Our famous hybrid cotton wood trees have a very shallow root system, and at times they grow near the surface or in our bunkers.  This creates many problems for both the golfer and maintenance staff.  The bunker crew will pull the roots on the bunkers as needed through out the year.  On the fairways we try to remove any exposed roots as time allows.  Some years we can not keep up, but hoping this year to get most of them removed.  We have started on #9 fairway, as shown below.



Greens have been handling to dry hot weather well.  There have been some times where the green speed has slowed compared to other days.  It has been rather weird dealing with humidity during a drought.  We are working on a few items and hope to have them at a good consistent pace going forward.  If you have any questions on this topic or any other please feel free to contact me.


Finally a big shout out to the bunker crew this morning.  Get job raking edges and weed eating.  They gave them a good fresh look!!  Thank you Gabe, Jacob and Lucas.




We will see you on the course!

Ross



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's Pro Am Week

The Pro Am Week is here.  It was great to receive the .55" of the much needed rain Tuesday.  We have been through a long dry spell, any bit of moisture will help.  With the rain came some wind, we lost one tree and several branches.  But through it all we were all smiles for some much needed moisture.

This week the maintenance staff has been busy fine tuning the Golf Course for one of the busiest weekends of the year.  So far the week has been running smoothly, we will wait and see how the rest of the week comes together.  A big shout out the Maintenance Staff, they have worked hard all year and I would like to say THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication this year.  It's great to have an experienced staff making your golf course great.  Thank You!!



A early morning photo of the Maintenance Staff.

Thank You to all the Pro Am Sponsors and good luck to all the players!!

We will see you on the course.

Ross

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rain Please!!

This year has been one of those years.  Mother Nature has not been very cooperative.  We are on the extremely dry side right now, a little break from the heat may happen for a day or so but not much for moisture is in sight.  I am sure hoping we receive some moisture soon, even with the lack of moisture the golf course remains is great shape.  Along with the weather the green speeds have fluctuated at times.  We are just trying to keep up with the ever changing weather conditions, now with the heat we will see how we have to adjust from here.  We

Did you know that you can drive from #3 tee box all the way to the clubhouse without leaving the cart path.  With the extreme dry conditions please use cart paths as mush as possible.  I have seen several carts driving down the middle of fairways going to and from the Club House, I also see this during shotgun starts.  This is causing unneeded wear to the golf course, so please use the cart paths as much as possible to help preserve your golf course.  Golf Carts cause more wear and damage than any other single item  on the golf course.  Please be mindful of this, playing off grass is much better than trying to play off dirt!!! As shown below, a worn out cart area!!




If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to contact me.


The Pro am is next week, please do you part and keep our golf course in great shape.  Fix or fill divots, repair all ball marks, keep your cart on the paths if possible, and rake the bunker after hitting your shot.  If you see any item that is needing some additional attention please let me know, it is easy for the staff to miss an item or two occasionally.  Thank You

We will See you on the course.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Collar & Approaches

This year we have put a focus on the grain in our collars and approaches.  We widened some of these areas out several years ago.  With the shortening of the height of cut we have an encroachment of an old variety of bent grass and poa grass into these areas.  These varieties tend to lay down and not grow upright, especially in spring of the year when the plant is attempting to produce seed heads.

Over the past 8 days we have verti cut these areas, to stand the plant up.




We than double cut the areas at .5", this is our normal height of cut.



Finally we cut the area down to .35", this helped clean the area up as we had the buckets on to collect the clippings.  The final result in a better quality of cut, where we go from here is unknown and we will continue working on this until we find the best playable surface.  We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed.

If have any comments please feel free to contact me.



Have a safe and Haapy 4th of July Weekend!!!

Ross




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

RAIN!!

Well some much needed rain has fallen.  Monday night we received 1.4" and now Tuesday night .85", for a grand total of 2.25".  I am always amazed at how fast things can change with a good rain.

With the rain coming down so hard we also had a few issues on the course.  One has been bunker washouts.  Some of these washouts area result of a poor design, most of them is when we have surface water running into the bunker.  The photo below is one of our problem bunkers, any hard rain will wash this area out.  It may take a day or two to get caught up on the all the bunker washouts, Thank You for your patience.




The recent storms also came through with some wind.  So over the last two days there has been several hours of picking up branches and sticks.  At least this storm did not take any trees out.  As shown below a branch down on #2 and the first load of branches for today.





The rest of the week looks to be great weather.  We will see you on the course.

Ross