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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

WWTCO

WWTCO When Will The Course Open?  At this point I am not really sure.  I would like nothing more to be open and have carts out.  Mother Nature right now has a different idea.  I am hoping that this weekends storm will be the last one, as the temperatures warm next week we can than proceed with getting the Golf Course ready to open.  Not sure what date that will be, but we will open for walkers as soon as week can change the hole locations.  What this does is it allows the greens surface to firm up slightly, giving it a firm enough surface to allow traffic and not cause any damage.  As the rest of the course dries and firms up we will allow carts.  I know the patience is running thin, but please be patient. 

In the mean time the maintenance staff has stayed busy fine tuning and cleaning everything getting ready for when the season starts.  One of the projects completed this week was a new door installed on the pumphouse.  The old door was falling apart and long over due for a replacement. 




Everything, and everyone, is ready for the season!

I hope to see you on the Coure real soon!

Ross

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to Spring

Yes it is officially spring, now we are just waiting officially for the 2018 golf season.  I know everyone, patiently or impatiently, is waiting to get that first round of golf in.  

Before that snow hit the golf course looked to be in great shape.  Once this snow melts of I would assume it to be about the same. As in previous years we will open the course when the frost is out of the greens enough to put in new hole locations. We need a good 8” of thawed ground to accomplish this. We will kept you informed as near the official season. 



Above is Ottis and I out on a little course inspection tour.  

If you really feel the urge to get out and hit the ball around, we do have temporary hole locations on the front nine.  They are typically located about 50 yards in front of the green. No carts are allowed for this, come out for a little walk and enjoy the spring air. 

As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me. 

Thank You and we will see you on the course soon!

Ross

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring

I am sure starting to enjoy how warm that sun feels.  Just hoping the temperatures continue to warm and melt some of our snow.  Not sure of any timing of the golf course opening, but we will keep you informed as the season nears.

This week Kenny, Matt and myself had the opportunity to attend that State Golf Course Superintendents Association meeting down in Sioux Falls.  As always and great meeting featuring speakers, trade show and various types networking.   This year we had four main speakers: Mike Vogt a Golf Course Consultant talked on the important of measuring success and ways of improving your success, through labor allocations and various other ways.  Michelle DaCosta is a PH.D from U of Massachusetts Amherst, she had two great presentations on minimizing winter injury and strategies to enhance summer stress tolerance.  John R. Fulling is the Superintendent at Kalamazoo CC, he is the treasurer on our National Board, his talked mainly focused on opportunities within the National GCSAA Association.  Our final speaker was Jared Hoyle from Kansas State University, his two talks were based on Managing Native areas and new herbicide options.   As you can see many great learning opportunities here, giving us a chance to re focus heading into a new season. 






WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE COURSE SOON!!
If you have any comments please feel free to contact me.
Ross

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Assistant

I would like to welcome Matt Kiefer to our team.  Matt will be our Assistant Golf Course Superintendent.  He is from the Webster area, A NSU Graduate and has been around Aberdeen since.  I am looking forward to starting the season with Matt on our team. 



Tree removal on the course is all but done for the winter.  There is still some stump grinding to accomplish.  We will continue to work on the trees around the driving range as weather permits.  When out cutting trees we remove a small cottonwood tree west of #7, no it was not the big cottonwood tree.  Upon cutting we found out why the tree was not healthy, also not very safe.  As you can see below most of the trunk is rotten inside.  Not sure of the cause of this, just glad it is gone. 


March is here and I am hoping the golf season is not too far away!

We will see you on the course soon. 

Ross