Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
|Cart path by #10 green|
|cart path behind #18 green|
|#12 bunker before|
|#12 bunker after|
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
|#14 fairway with light fog|
Monday, December 19, 2011
The crew is hustling today to get all the sand installed in the two new bunkers on #12 before the rain tonight. Once all the sand is installed, sod will be placed around the edges and around the basin to protect them from contamination. The remaining sod will be installed once the sod farm can resume cutting later this week. This will complete this project.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
This morning the crew is taking a small break from the work on #12 bunker to replace a section of power wire that feeds the irrigation system on the middle of the course. This section of wire is damaged and needs to be replaced. Once this wire is installed, we can restore power to the irrigation control boxes in this area.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Well after some rain delays and thanksgiving, the crew is back out working on #12 bunker. Topsoil is being added and tamped to finish forming the back sides of each bunker. In the photo you can see that we have begun cutting the new lip of the back bunker. Once the bottom of the bunker is dried out, the inside of the bunker can be tamped so we can begin hand digging the new bunker drainage.
Monday, November 14, 2011
The next step in the renovation is the installation of the drainage. The drainage that carries the water from the bunker drainage to the creek must be installed before the new drainage inside the bunker can be put in. Once the pipe is laid, the trenches will be backfilled and the final shaping can be done.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Rough grading has officially begun on the renovation on #12 greenside bunker. The new bunker shape is beginning to emerge. Similar to the renovation on #8, the square footage is being reduced while keeping the most used portions. The remaining bunkers are being recontoured and new drainage will be installed. The part that is being removed will be converted to a grass basin.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The over the last few weeks, the Chipping green has made a lot of progress. Mild temperatures, heavy rains, and a steady diet of nutrients have really helped this green get back on track. We will begin lowering the height and topdressing with sand while we are still under good growth conditions.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Whenever it rains more than an inch, the staff must go out and check drain basins and fix bunkers. Here is a picture of the guys in action repairing the bunkers on #5 green. As you can see, the heavy rain eroded the sand exposing the soil underneath. Silt will wash off this exposed soil and contaminate the bunker over time.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The agronomy staff has spent the last few days laying sod into the damaged areas on #2. Today they are down to the smallest areas and should wrap up by the end of the day. Once our sand pile dries, a heavy application of topdressing will be applied to aid in the establishment smooth the new sod.
Friday, October 21, 2011
|View from behind #1 green facing west|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
As of Monday, the agronomy staff has implemented a temporary green for #2. The end of the fairway was cut lower and topdressed to give the temporary a smoother roll. An eight inch cup has also been used to make it more fun to play.
This green experienced extremely high levels of a plant parasite called nematodes. These nematodes are microscopic and survive in the soil during the growing season. They extract nutrients from the roots of healthy plants thereby compromising the turfs ability to handle severe stresses such as the intense heat and drought experienced this summer. We decided that in order to take advantage of the prime growing conditions right now, that we would restrict play on this hole to a temporary green, to give the green a break from all the foot traffic. This will also allow the agronomy staff more access to the green for repairs. We are planning on re-opening this green in a couple of weeks once the green fills in and is in acceptable condition. We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to the improved conditions on this green.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|Removal of old green|
|Plate tamping of new profile|
During the next week or so, the chipping green will have a special irrigation schedule. It will be running every few hours or so to keep the seed moist. Once the seed germinates, we will begin to reduce the frequency and increase the amount of irrigation to promote deep rooting.
|Blending root mix|
|Finished product before seeding|
Thursday, September 8, 2011
It's time for fall greens aeration and after the summer we've had it couldn't have come sooner! You may have noticed some hole closures this week as we work our way through the course. We appreciate everyone's patience during this process. The first day went as planned and the second day was ahead of schedule until our greens aerator broke down. We fixed the machine today and are planning on finishing the last few holes first thing tomorrow morning without disrupting play.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Once we begin seeding these areas, it is crucial that golf carts stay out of these areas so that we can get the seed to come up properly. We have created spaces within the new areas that will allow cart traffic from the cart path to the fairways without driving through the seeded areas. The success of this project depends on your cooperation. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!
|#14 Aug. 10th|
What a difference two weeks and 5 inches of rain can make! After suffering through one of the worst droughts in recent memory, we finally got some much needed rain a few weeks ago. Since then the tees, fairways, surrounds and rough have all made a full recovery. We fertilized the entire golf course yesterday to help continue the improved conditions. The ability of the Bermuda to quickly recover from the drought has left the golf course is great condition for the upcoming fall tournament season.
|#11 Aug. 23rd.|
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
The three main goals for this plan are: to reduce operating expenses by removing 10-15 acres of maintained rough, to bring the course closer to the original design, to not increase difficulty or pace of play. To determine which areas to reestablish, we are using aerial photos from before the course was opened. These photos are helping us see the architects original design so we can bring back some of these native areas that have been lost over the years. This year we focused on the front nine because this is where we have the greatest acreage to mow.
Although we are converting rough on most holes on the front nine, the biggest change will be on #8. In the picture below, you can see that we are bringing the native, that is left of the tee, around the front all the way to the cart path. The new native area will then taper up the right and left sides of the surround. This will appear more difficult, but the golfer will only have about 30 yards to carry over the new native area.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The agronomy team here at Bailey Ranch recently received some new 50" diameter greens fans. Three fans were purchased for the 3 greens we typically have issues with during the summer. #1, #12, and #13 greens have air flow issues due to the amount of trees that surround these greens complexes. We have aggressively removed a majority of these problem trees but many remain on homeowner property.
These fans will push a larger column of air much farther than the older fans, which will cool the greens surface temperatures more effectively. This increase in air flow will not only reduce surface temperatures but it will also allow the greens to dry out more easily after a rain. We have already seen an average surface temperature reduction of 4-6 degrees between 12 and 2pm. This is typically when surface temperature are the hottest and this reduction keeps the growing conditions similar to the other greens on the golf course.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Some of you might have seen the geyser on #17 yesterday afternoon. One of the irrigation fittings, we connect our greens hoses into, broke yesterday afternoon forcing us to close down the system to the entire back nine. Due to some quick thinking, and a lot of hard work, we resolved the issue with no negative effects to the other greens. Seeing leaks like in this photo, you can appreciate the amount of pressure required to run a system of this size.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Well it feels like August already and the syringe team is out in full force. Syringing is a term used to describe the application of water on Bentgrass greens during the hottest part of the day to reduce heat stress. This watering is done very lightly and multiple times a day. The agronomy staff has been trained to stay out of the way of golfers as much as possible, but there are times when we have no choice but to water in between groups. We ask that whenever you see someone watering a green in front of you, and they have pulled the flagstick, that you please give them a minute to finish before you hit your approach shot. No one likes to get hit with a golf ball and we certainly do not enjoy holding up play. We thank you for your patience and look forward to a great summer.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I've been getting numerous questions regarding the appearance of #1, #12 and #13 greens. We sent samples to a plant pathologist at Oklahoma State University and the samples came back positive for Pythium blight. Pythium is a common disease found on stressed turf usually during intense heat and humidity. These greens receive considerably less air movement and sunlight. This means that these greens endure more intense heat, and humidity, and because of this, disease pressure is more severe on these three greens.
Once we confirmed the presence of the Pythium, the affected greens were treated with a fungicide specific to this disease and a light rate of fertilizer was applied to encourage recovery. The agronomy team has been working very hard to improve the growth conditions over the last few weeks by removing shade trees, utilizing fans to circulate more air, closely monitoring soil moisture, leaf temperature and nutrient levels. Progress may be slowed by the intense heat but we are already seeing some improvement.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact me. Thanks
Several people have asked me about the spots on #2 green. These spots are Annual Bluegrass under heat stress and is dying out. Annual Bluegrass, or Poa, is a common weed in Bentgrass putting greens and has been slowly establishing itself for years. Our new handwatering techniques and monitoring systems have allowed us to significantly reduce the amount of irrigation required to keep the Bentgrass healthy. Besides improving the health of the Bentgrass, this reduction in water usage is also stressing out the Poa. Poa needs more soil moisture than Bentgrass to survive the heat of the summer and since it isn't available, these plants are starting to die out. Although #2 green looks funny now, in time the Bentgrass will fill in these spots and the amount of Poa will continue to decline.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Now, I don't take removing trees lightly and only do so when necessary. Trees that are too close to greens reduce needed air circulation and increase shade, both of which increase the humidity in the area around the green. We feel that by removing a select few trees, we will be able to improve the growing environment for the few greens that struggle each year. Crews are currently working around #1 green and once finished, will be moving to #12 green.