Tuesday, February, 14th
Over the weekend we received our first significant snow fall. We accumulated around 6 inches, but do to the mild temperatures and rain most of the snow has melted once again. Last week, we returned from the Golf Industry Show, in Orlando Florida. This is the largest industry show and education conference that occurs once a year. Attendance is global for this two part tradeshow and education event. The GCSAA Education Conference is the largest education event in the industry and covers all aspects of golf course management, including agronomics, environmental management, communications, leadership and business management. Hundreds of exhibitors spanned thousands of square feet of exhibit space. This show gives superintendents, owners, technicians and other golf facility professionals the opportunity to network and discuss the latest products and services in turf and facility care.
Check out this short Video https://youtu.be/ApNNrrLDwM0
Thursday, February, 2, 2017
Spring is around the corner and winter so far has been very mild. We have received minimal amounts of snow fall over the past month and frequent amounts of rainfall. The course has dried out over the past week, and tree work has continued. Progress is coming along very well and looking great! A total of four areas have been completed, opening five greens to optimal amounts of sunlight and air movement.
Picture Above, Behind 3 & 6 Green
This season we will also be enrolled in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. This is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping golf courses enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that a property provides, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations. The program serves an important environmental role worldwide. Audubon International has developed Standard Environmental Management Practices that are applicable to all golf courses.
Saturday, 14, 2017
The snow has all but melted on the course except in some bunkers and isolated areas. We received almost 0.25 inches this week. The course is very wet, to say the least. We have moved off the course and to the entrance for tree work currently until the ground refreezes, hopefully this upcoming week. So far this week the pines between 6 and 3 green have been removed and the area looks great!
Also this past week our new bedknife grinder arrived, Frontier’s Model BG1500. Rob Muth, our golf course mechanic, was in the process of grinding mower reels and now he has moved on to replacing and grinding bedknifes. With the new grinder arrival, he said the BG1500 cuts down on grinding times and gives the knife a sharper and more percise edge. Having the ability to maintain the sharpest edge possible is the critical element in establishing high levels of cut quality across the golf course. Thank you, Finch Services
Happy New Year to everyone! May it bring all of us good golfing and great weather! The golf course has experienced two minimal snows, and two subsequent melts in the last month. December's temperatures ranged from a low of 12 to a high of 58. The Turf is doing very well thanks to timely melting of any ice formation, and nice insulation from snow cover during those very cold nights. So far, so good!
We have started our annual tree work. Most tree work this winter is an effort of removing trees around the Green Complexes and other areas that currently have shade and air movement issues.There is no reasonable substitute for good sunlight penetration to a putting green and turf in general. If shade is present, it can cause poor quality growing conditions.
Three White Pine and a Norway Spruce were removed so far around the 15th green improving sunlight to the Green Complex. Prior to the removal, these trees blocked sunlight from the hours of 10am to 3pm in the winter months causing ice build up and decreased melting on warmer days. Now, this area will receive the proper hours of daylight, with an overall improvement of airflow and growing environment.
Check out some of the photos as we get ready for the 2017 Golf Season!
Take a look at some of the golf course updates we've recently made in this great interactive presentation below!
As we look forward to the 2016 season, here's a look back on some of the things we accomplished during the 2015 season. Happy New Year! Click on the gallery thumbnails below: