Friday, September 14, 2018

Compaction Relief

It is the middle of September already.  Fall golf is in full swing.  It is also the time of year to start our compaction relief on the Golf Course.  This week we started on the tee surfaces.  We are using a new machine we purchased earlier this year, it is called the Terra Slit.  The machine basically makes a slit in the ground to depths of 8", our older machines on were only capable of depths up to 4".  After the compaction relief we have now mowed to minimize the disruption of playability.



Next week we plan on solid tining our collars and aprons.  This will be done with our traditional style aeration machine.  Again providing compaction relief with a minimal disruption of playability.   Once that is complete we will move on to the fairways.  On the fairways we will be using the Terra Slit machine, trying to get the maximum depth in the compaction relief process.

And finally we will move on to the greens in early October.  This year we will do a 3/4" solid tine, this will provide a good opening to fill with sand.  We will top dress the green, with sand, and drag in filling the holes.  This will accomplish compaction relief and sand channels will allow the green surface to breath going into the fall and next growing season.

If you have nay questions on our compaction program please feel free to contact me.

Hope you make time to enjoy the beautiful fall!

Ross

Friday, August 24, 2018

#saveyourturf

Golf Carts are the #1 cause of compaction on the Golf Course.  Compaction causes weak, thin, unhealthy turf. 

#saveyourturf Follow the signs and use the cart path when going to and from the Club House.



Please use the blue highlighted paths going to and from the Club House or any other time on the course.
#saveyourturf 

Any questions please feel free to contact me

The best part of the golf season is here. #playgolf

Ross











Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mid August Course report

Despite the crazy weather we have had this year, the golf course has had some really good playing conditions the last two months.  If you haven't been out lately you have definitely been missing out!!  Now Fall is approaching and some of the seasonal staff has started the process of heading back to school.  This is normal for this time of year, the remaining maintenance staff will continue to do everything possible to keep the golf course in great playable shape. 





One of the areas that every golfer can improve on and help save time for the maintenance staff is in the bunkers.  There are several areas not raked each and every day.  WE do not mechanically rake the bunkers on a daily basis.  So take the time and do your part by raking the tracks in the bunker.  Here is a link to the proper way to rake the bunkers from the USGA   http://www.usga.org/videos/2013/03/05/usga-course-care-video--bunker-etiquette--english--2203345161001.html  There are many other great Course Care videos on the USGA site, take the time to check them out. 

We will see you on the course.

Ross

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