Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Greens aeration

Verticutting, or dethatching, the turf in two opposite directions is the first step.
Day two was a big success. We finished in great time and even had some time at the end to tackle some miscellaneous items around the course.  It's been a while since I've detailed the entire aeration process so I thought I would show a step by step method of how we get from start to finish.  If you have any further questions about how or why we do this, please let me know.  Thanks!

A lot of thatch is removed during the verticut process that needs to be cleaned off.

After the verticutting, the green is very shaggy and needs to be mowed.

This machine pulls the cores out at a specific depth, spacing and diameter

The cores are then pushed off to the side and removed.

Any additional debris is blown off before sand can be applied.

This machine applies the sand at a specific depth so that all holes can be filled

Once the sand is dry, it is brushed into the holes and watered in.

After the sand is dry, the excess is blown off and the cup is set.
The final step is to roll out any tire marks or footprints to ensure a smooth surface.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Greens aeration

Day one is off to a great start.  We will have the front nine completed today and ready for play by tomorrow morning.  Like always, the back nine will be closed tomorrow and the whole course will be open starting Wednesday. 
The agronomy staff will be at full throttle over the next two days making sure everything is done to get the course back to expectations.  We appreciate your patience during this process.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jr. High School Tournament

After hosting a 36 hole high school event on Monday, we are back at it again this morning.  This time with the 7th and 8th graders.  Besides the increased wind, playing conditions should be similar to what they were on Monday.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Owasso HS Invitational

The agronomy staff whipped the course into shape for the Owasso High School Invitational this morning.  The weather couldn't be any better for a 36 hole event.  With calm winds, full sun and a high of 72 degrees, today will shape up to be a fantastic day for golf!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Driving range drainage project

Brown Farms Sod finished installing the sod for the drainage project on the west side of the driving range today.  This project turned out great and we are excited to have the drainage issues taken care of for the homeowners on that side of the driving range.  The next few weeks we will work on keeping the sod watered until it gets established.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Drainage project

The drainage project on the west side of the driving range is nearing completion.  The drainage ditch has been cut and all the dirt that was removed has been blended into the existing hills to look more natural.  Brown Farms is on site today to begin installing sod.  They will finish installing all the sod in the morning.  This project will be a big improvement for all the homes on the north end of the range that had flooding issues in the past.

Chipping green

I am happy to report that after growing in the chipping green over the past 8 months, the chipping green is back open for play.  The new collar has been recently installed and the bunker has been renovated.  Although there is an unrelated drainage project nearby, the rest of the chipping complex is functional.  Over the next few weeks, we will be slowly lowering the collar height down to half an inch.
We are very excited to reopen this area and look forward to providing another practice option for our members and guests.  Enjoy!