Course Update for October 2, 2015

October 1 is here and it seems to have brought the cold weather. The last couple of days have felt like fall: cooler temperatures and windy. The long range weather forecast looks good for golf and even better for the turf department to complete some fall cultural practices. October is a great month to complete aerification and verti-cutting of fairways followed by sand topdressing. Yesterday we began solid tyne aerification in the valley on holes #11 and #17 and applied a good amount of sand topdressing to the top half of #17 fairway. This will reduce compaction, increase air exchange to…
October 2, 2015

Course Update for July 24, 2015

As we make our way into August the course overall is playing and looking great. Tees, fairways, and roughs have all filled in nicely and are showing minimal signs of wear. In a few more weeks it will be the middle of August, when night-time temperatures stay cool and daylight hours are shorter, allowing stressed turf to finally recover. Over the last week I heard numerous members wondering if #10 green is going to survive. I didn’t think installing a fan on a green would cause this much discussion, but I am happy to tell you everything is fine. When trying…
July 24, 2015

Course Update for July 10, 2015

I know most of you don’t want to hear this but we are almost halfway through the golf season. It was a great spring for the course, and I hope that you are figuring out and enjoying the new greens. The weather brought drought in May, showers in June, and July has been unusually cool at night and average during the day. Even with all the weather fluctuations, the one thing that I have noticed is the amount of play the course is getting. This year has shown that the golf course gets a significant amount of play, and with this…
July 10, 2015

Course Update for June 5, 2015

The weather this past week was excellent for our annual spring aerification. With the course closed Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday the turf team was able to complete numerous cultural practices to improve health and playability of the turf. Without the course being closed we would not be able to accomplish half of what we did. The crew aerified greens with a needle tyne “venting” that allows for oxygen exchange promoting rooting and the release of nutrients for growth. This form of aerification is non intrusive, and after rolling a couple times you wouldn’t notice that this was completed.…

Course Update for October 31, 2014

It has been a long season for the golf course with the completion of the greens rebuild and practice facility. The year started off with severe ice damage to the entire golf course, especially the old poa greens. With the hard work of the construction company and the entire maintenance staff we were able to build and grow-in 20 new USGA bentgrass greens. It is now that time of year where the turf team begins the winter preparation of the golf course. With the cold, wet weather we've had over the last week and the long range forecast at our…
October 31, 2014
BentgrassGreensPractice RangeRebuild

Course Update for August 15, 2014

The machines have left the property! I am excited to say the construction company has removed all the large pieces of machinery offsite and are now finished. The remaining sod on the new practice facility will be completed today, leaving only the asphalt paving and curbing to be completed sometime in the next couple of weeks. Overall the greens have been growing in nicely, 14 of the 17 greens have now been mowed and are all at different stages of maturity. The crew started removing bunker boards this week and have begun tamping and leveling the sand. The remaining construction…
September 2, 2014

Course Update for June 27, 2014

It has been another busy week on the golf course. The turf team has again been working hard on seeding damaged areas throughout the course and will continue for the next few weeks. Areas that were to be stripped and sodded have been postponed for a week due to the heavy rainfall on Wednesday night. The rain gave us the chance to clean up some over grown brush along the creek banks to open up site lines off tees and fairways. The brush along #17 tee was knocked down to allow a clear view of the fairway and work began…
June 30, 2014
15th HoleGreensRebuild

Course Update for June 20, 2014

It has been a busy couple weeks so I wanted to send out a quick update of the progress we have made on a few areas. The ongoing recovery on the low lying areas throughout the course is moving forward. We have been seeding roughs and fairways daily with slit seeders and/or aerification with drop seeders followed up with sand topdressing. Each step in healing is done numerous times before a full recovery is made. These areas are very persistent and tough to establish but are beginning to get smaller. This process takes time and doesn’t produce a quick recovery…
June 20, 2014
15th HoleGreensRebuild

Course Update for June 6, 2014

One construction project is coming to an end and another has begun. In December 2013 the start of the new 15th hole began with the widening of the creek, and today it ends with 2.5 tractor trailer loads of sod around the new tees. Even though construction got off to a late start this spring, the overall project has gone very well and the finished product looks great. With the end of the construction on #15 (see photo above), the start of the greens rebuild is in full gear. By the beginning of next week we will begin seeding the…
15th HoleGreensWinter

Course Update for May 23, 2014

I have been asked over the last couple weeks why the fairway and rough recovery is taking so long. Let’s not forget it was the harshest winter in recent history, the damage to the low lying areas throughout the course is severe and growing them back will take time. The amount of damage is not isolated to numerous large areas but to small low spots throughout the fairways and roughs making it impossible to sod. The turf team has been aerating, slit seeding, drop seeding, and topdressing with sand through the damaged areas, now we have begun watering and fertilizing…