Tuesday, February 17, 2015


#16 looking back toward the tee
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#18 fairway is a popular place right now
On Sunday night, the golf course got it's first measurable snow event of the season.  February is usually the month we get some snow and once again it didn't disappoint.  Staff came in on Monday and started clearing sidewalks and doorways around the clubhouse.  Otherwise, we're staying inside working on several projects to keep us busy.  Currently, the only activity happening on the golf course right now is sledding on #18 fairway!

The sun came out yesterday afternoon and I took a short walk to capture a few pictures of #16 and #17 in the snow.  We don't get a lot of chances to see the course covered in snow so I had to take advantage.

#17 looking toward green

#11 fairway looking toward #17 tee

Monday, February 9, 2015

#15 sod work

Late last week, the grounds staff used some left over sod to fix a washed out area along the cart path on #15.  This spot is on the north facing slope just after #15 forward tee as you go downhill toward the fairway.  The turf in this area came out of winter last year thin, which allowed the soil to erode during the rainy season.  The erosion left a sizable rut down the edge of the cart path.  The picture to the right shows the area in question after six loads of soil had been added and leveled.  Sod was then added and stapled down to keep it in place until the sod has a chance to root into the ground.  The area will be roped off until spring green-up.  Please keep off the sod until the ropes come down so we can ensure a successful grow-in.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

January Course Update

Embedded image permalinkThe weather during January can be unpredictable to say the least.  Cold weather is expected but there can be plenty of great weather as well.  This year was no different. We started out January with seasonably cold weather which kept golfers away.  Thankfully, during the second half of the month, the weather warmed up to record levels which allowed many of the members and guests to enjoy some great golf.  The warm, dry weather exacerbated the already strengthening drought conditions which forced the grounds staff to apply a wetting agent to greens to keep soil moisture at acceptable levels.  We don't typically need to do this, but felt it was necessary to intervene.

Embedded image permalinkThe nice weather was not only great for golfers, the grounds staff took advantage of the mild weather and got several key projects completed.  During the middle of January, Doug, our chemical technician, applied a generic Roundup product to our greens surrounds to clean up the few weeds we have.  We are now seeing the effects from that spray and am excited to see the surrounds cleaned up.  Those of you who played during mid-January, likely noticed the large hole near #1 tee.  Joe, our irrigation technician, had been dealing with an bad electrical splice that powered our irrigation system on holes 1,2,10, and 18.  It was a big relief to have that problem solved and the hole backfilled.  The big project we worked on, was the drainage addition to #7.  I spoke in detail about the project in our last post, so I won't expand on that here.  However, that was a big project that took our entire crew several weeks. 
As we phase into February, wrapping up winter projects and preparing for spring will be our main focus.  Continued drainage work, tree pruning, and preemergent applications will be at the top of our list.  The golf course seems to have made it through January in great condition.  Barring any serious weather in February, I feel very confident about where the golf course is positioned as we near late winter.  

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