Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wecome to 2019

2019 is actually starting off with some snow cover, not everything is covered but will take what we have for now.  Through all this the temperatures have remained normal like, that is good with me.  Below is a typical picture of a tee area, the exposed  and covered turf all look to be in great shape.  This is common with all turf areas right now.  What will the rest of the winter bring? 




With the recent blizzards it has made it difficult to get on the course, there are many drifted in areas.  With that most days are now spent working in the shop, preparing equipment and accessories for the new season.  There are countless hours getting  the equipment sharpened and serviced ready for another season of golf. 

Next week Matt, Kenny and myself will be attending the Northern Green Expo in Minneapolis.  This event is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  It is a joint meeting of Golf Courses, Landscapers and Nurseries.  There is three days of education, trade show and networking.  There will many great education and equipment learning opportunities. 

 Have you tried out the New Simulators and Pub Grub??

Come out and enjoy.

Ross



Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Holidays

Not much for snow so far this year, temps have now warmed to above average.  The Golf Course is in good shape and ready for the winter season, if it ever shows up.  If you decide to come out and hit the ball around please use the temporary hole locations on the front nine.  We would also like you to make sure the temperatures are above freezing, much damage can be done walking on frozen or frosted turf plants.  ENJOY! 

With the good weather we were able to remove the bunker behind #17 green.  The area has been rough graded.  Next spring we will have to finish grade and seed.  This will be a much needed improvement to this area, allowing us to maintain and grow some good grass.  The extra dirt from that project was hauled to fill in the driving range bunkers.  This area also is only rough graded, next spring will will finish grade and seed.  The plan is to also add some white agri material to give the same visual effect as a bunker, while allowing us to maintain and pick the balls. 

When not working in the shop we managed to get outside and remove some trees.  There is not very many on the list this year.  Our target for this year is unhealthy trees; whether they are cracked, dying or just not growing the right direction.  Below is a couple of pictures of our staff and the tree work. 




Have Happy Holiday Season with Family and Friends!!

Ross

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bunker Project / Temporary Hole Locations

Due to the cold weather, frost setting in the ground, we have closed the greens and moved to the temporary hole locations.  If the weather warms and you feel the urge to come out and play please use the "temps".  Also at this time there is no cart usage allowed on the course, driving on the frozen turf will damage the plant and may even kill it.  So if you come out enjoy the walk.  Thank You, if you have any questions please contact me. 

Even with the cold weather we started the work on removing the back right bunker on #17 green.  There were several issues with that bunker, and felt it was time to remove it.  We removed a major portion of the dirt and have the area roughed in, as shown below in the before and after pictures.  We will finish grade and seed in the spring.  Now we have a big pile of the excess dirt to deal with.  The plan is to use the dirt for several other little projects as Mother Nature allows.  This may include redoing the bunkers on the driving range, making them more maintenance and ball picking friendly. 





The Maintenance Staff would like to Thank all Our Members for another great season.  We appreciate your support, and are looking forward to 2019!!  If you have any great ideas or suggestions on how to improve your golf experience please let use know. 

Thank you

Ross
 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Is The End Near???

This week is rather busy for the Maintenance Staff.  We will be in the process of putting the finishing touches preparing the Golf Course for the winter season.  Below is a list of some of the main items we address before winter, there are many other little items not listed.

On the schedule for today:
- Spray our greens with a mixture of fungicides and anti transparent, this will help protect the putting surfaces from snow mold.
- Winterize the two restrooms on the course.
- Top dress tees and collars with sand.
- Continue to chop and blow leaves.
- Cut temporary green holes
- Remove fountain from irrigation pond

Tuesday:
-Winterize irrigation system, typically takes about 12 hours.
-Continue to top dress tee areas

Wednesday:
-Winterize well systems.
-May start bringing accessories in, depends on forecast.

Thursday:
-Winterize Driving Range Building
- Apply a heavy coat of sand on the greens, this protects the crown of the turf grass plant.

We will keep the greens open as long as the weather permits, at some point we will switch over to temporary hole locations on the front nine.   There will be more information to follow.  For now come out and enjoy your golf course.

Below is a picture of a Demo rough mower we purchased.  Fall is a great time to get a good machine with some very low hours on, and also a very good price.  If you ever want to check out some of the equipment we use on the course feel free to stop down to the shop.  If the weather allows you may even take it out for a drive.



We will see you on the course.
Ross


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Compaction Relief

Last week was a complete wash, this week we were back on schedule to complete our compaction relief.  Greens and fairways were on schedule for this week.

On the greens we went with a 3/4" solid tine.  This provided an adequate hole to get sand into the soil's profile.  The process went like this; top dress heavy with sand, aerate, drag in the sand and finally roll the green's surface.   All this to keep the green's surface as playable as possible. 


The fairways we used our new Terra Slicer, as shown below.  It has many slicing blades going to depths of up to 8".  We currently have it set to depth of 6", this provide good compaction relief while not totally tearing up the playing surface.  With the good weathe we will be done with all fairways areas by Friday. 


If you have any questions or comments please contact me. 

We will see you on the course.

Ross

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SNOW

Our first snow of the year has arrived.  It also has basically rained on and off all week.  After the long dry spell I was wondering if we would ever get adequate moisture this year.  The snow should not hurt anything, just delay any course maintenance and golfing this week.  Fun Times!


It was originally planned to start compaction relief in the fairways and roughs this week, now we will start when Mother Nature allows.  Next Week?  The plan was also to start greens aerification, now we are looking at next week.  Please be patient as these are much needed maintenance items. Once the normal weather returns we will finish in a timely manner 

I am hoping the snow will melt off soon,  the Golf Course will then be open for some great fall golf!!

We will see you on the course.

Ross



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Frost

This weekend we have the possibility for our first FROST of the year.  This is  a friendly reminder to Please stay off all turf areas when there is FROST present.  If you walk or drive on frosted grass you will damage, or even possibly kill the turf plant.  The plant could take from days to months to recover.  Check out the following link to the USGA website.  http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/our-experts-explain0/frost-delays.html 


The Golf Course is in great shape, come out for some beautiful falls colors and great golf!


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.
We will see you on the course.

Ross