Thursday, March 27, 2014

Aerification Update for March 27, 2014

We will be closing the back 9 today (Thursday, March 27, 2014) to aerify tees and approaches. Then tomorrow (Friday, March 28, 2014) we will be closing the front 9 to aerify tees and approaches. As always the weather can throw a wrench into our plans but this is our goal. With two machines (one our own and the other borrowed) we should move through this pretty quickly.

After much discussion and looking at long range weather forecasts and many other variables we have decided to not hollow tine aerify greens this Spring. Instead we will be hollow tining the collars and one pass along the green edges next week if the weather cooperates with us.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Course Open This Weekend

Still some snow and ice on the course. Here's what #6 cart path looks like today.

#13 cart path is ice.

We have applied ice melt and will try and physically remove the snow and ice before opening on Saturday. Expected opening time is 9 am with range open at 8:30 am.

#7 will be played from the forward tee as the tee complex is snow and ice covered.

The greens and tees have been blown off and work on cleaning of the cart paths is currently underway. Expect to see plenty of sticks and branches throughout the course. As mentioned in my previous blog post it will take us at least several weeks to clean the course up.

In terms of turf damage there is some disease on the fairways. Most notably on #5, #12 and #14. These areas should recover during spring green-up. The back of #9 green looks like it has some desiccation damage that we will address.

Finally, our seasonal staff is scheduled to start Monday, March 24th. This is also when we will aerify greens, tees and approaches.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Still Snow

Photo of #4 green taken on Monday, March 10, 2014:

Photo of #18 fairway taken on Monday, March 10, 2014:

As you can see there is still some snow on the course. Not to mention plenty of sticks and other debris. After touring parts of the course we noticed a lot of mud everywhere due to the melting snow.
It will take us weeks to completely clean the course of all debris, limbs, sticks, etc but our goal (weather permitting) is to open this weekend for play.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Almost Spring

The Golf Course Agronomy team is ready for the upcoming Spring golf season! We've been doing plenty of sanding, staining and painting this Winter to get all the golf course accessories ready.

Here are the newly refurbished tee markers with the right side being the old and the left newly painted:

Here is a comparison of our driving range clock and yardage signs. The yardage sign on the right has been stained while the clock on the left has not:

As the snow melts look for more blog posts to come!