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Superintendent's Blog

 

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 

We have changed the clocks. We have been very busy on the course, but sometimes mother nature throws a shift in schedules once again.  Upgrading irrigation components has been put on hold and building bird houses has began to improve wildlife habitats on the property. We have had a few days in the 60's and 70's, yet the roller coaster of winter weather still continues. We had Winter Storm Stella hit on Monday night dropping 8 inch's of snow and temperatures in 20's and 30's. Today we are getting some light rain and is chipping away at the snow on the ground slowly. The ground is frozen and putting up a good fight though.  Eventually we will be through with this and actually be playing golf again.  Just think Spring is on Monday !

Here is a few pictures of snow cover 

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Saturday, March 11th, 2017 

Mother Nature is reminding us that winter isn't quite over yet. 4.5" of snow arrived yesturday.  Currently we are very busy on the course getting everything prepared for the golf season. Over the past week we have upgraded almost all of the irrigation valves for each of green complexes.  We also have completed our pre-spring fertilization to the Greens,Tees,Fairways and Rough.  We have started the process of adding ground into areas where trees have been removed. We will be leveling and grading these areas for seeding in the next couple weeks. Hopefully the weather will improve and we can get the grass growing again.

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Monday, February 27th

It's that time of year again! The weather looks fantastic and we are open for play, So get out there and stretch those winter legs and enjoy the warm days.

Last week we completed the first mowing of 2017 to the Greens, Tees, and Fairway. Doing this removes the winter fuzz and activates the plants for growing we also Planet-Aired the greens to allow the maximum amount of oxygen to enter the root zone and applied a light topdressing to firm up the putting surfaces. There is still some debris out on the course from the storm that rolled through over the weekend. We are diligently working to clean everything up.

It is still early in the season and the weather may decide to plunge back into winter temperatures, but lets hope for the best! 


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. 


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.

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, January 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 gre

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

Check out our quick grinding video

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.