Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tree Work

Yesterday, we had tree contractor Aradar Tree Services remove a large tree form the left side of 10 fairway near 10 tee box. It was a Norway Maple that had some very serve cracking throughout it's trunk and main leading branches. We had grown very concerned that it was just a matter of time until the tree dropped some heavy wood.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Intermediate Cut

Today, we are taking time to sod some areas in the intermediate cut surrounding fairways. Over the years, the bentgrass in the fairways creep into small section of the intermediate cut. In this case, the bentgrass was more than 40% . We prefer to have a stand of bluegrass with some rye grass. Once we are done, it will provide a more consistent lie and be more visually appealing.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Today, we start the process of removing thatch from the tees. We use a machine called a verticutter. It is a series of spinning blades that cuts through the turf canopy. As you can see in the picture, it removes the the thatch layer that lies between the the grass you see and the soil. By removing some of this organic material, the tee surface becomes firmer, smoother and assists getting water into the soil. We than blow the organic material off the tee surface. We are hoping to finish the tees by mid day tomorrow.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Streak is Over!

On Saturday, the course received 0.2 inches of rain. It was the first measurable rain that course had seen in 16 straight weekends! It is amazing to think it had not rained all summer on the weekends. That being said, we are looking very dry for the next 7-10 days. We are using this week to prepare for the Llanerch Cup. Good luck to all the participants!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rain Finally!

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After weeks and weeks of dry weather, Llanerch finally got some rain! Between yesterday and last night, the course had 1.5 inches of rain. The course is a little saturated in low areas but overall still firm. This is not enough rain to completely wet the course deep into the ground but a good start!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sun, Heat and no Rain

As we end August, we have had 29 days of 90 degrees temperatures or higher which is two more days than the average summer in Philadelphia. It has not seemed very hot to most people because the humidity is been way below average. I can not remember the humidity being so low for so long in the summer. It feels great but can make for some challenging times for the management of plants. The combination of the current weather pattern and the lack of rain is forcing us to rely on the irrigation system. We are hoping that some rain will fall by Friday!?!? As for the aerification, the greens seem to be healing at a healthy pace. Thanks for your patience. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Aerification Week

Today, we started our late summer aerification of greens, tees and approaches. So far, we are on schedule. We will be adding sand and fertilizer to them tomorrow to speed up the healing process.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tuesday's Rain

With some great work from the Golf Shop Staff, you can view what the 1 inch rain that we received on Tuesday looks like on the Practice hole.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Lou Agnes Memorial Clock

I am excited to present an image of the new clock on #1 tee! The Agnes Family was so generous to donate the clock in the memory of Mr. Lou Agnes. Many members have told me how much they love the clock and shared their personal memories with Mr. Agnes. It is truly a great addition to Llanerch!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hot Hot Hot!

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Today starts what could be an extended heat wave. We are preparing the turf as best we can for not just high temperatures but for very few clouds and high humidity. We are quietly hoping the weather people are wrong and this heat wave ends way before the beginning of next week. You might notice the greens a bit slower this week. This is because the heat reduces our ability to use the greens roller. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sunscreen kills grass

This is a picture from 2 fairway. You can see the foot print in the middle of the brown turf. It is clearly an application of sunscreen mist applied to someone's leg. I am a strong proponent of using sunscreen but please do not apply it when standing on grass. The sunscreen has alcohol in it and it burns the grass. Thanks!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Golf Course Update

Th first 12 days of July have been an extension of June. Warm, muggy and periods of intense rain. It has not had an adverse effect on the course so far. We have been concentrating our efforts almost completely towards tournament preparation. Between the Finsterwald Cup, Philadelphia Amateur, Ladies and Men's Member Guest, we have been very busy! We are taking today to add sand to greens and approaches, tree trimming and normal course conditioning.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Golf Course Update

As we prepare the course for play today, we are keeping an eye on the possibility of late day thunderstorms. The course could use a little rain but we prefer just a small amount, if it actually comes. Much of our focus will be getting the rough back to "every day" height of cut. During last week's Philadelphia Amateur, we were severely limited on when we could mow rough. Add some rain and fertilizer and you have thick and long rough. That being said, we are already very close to having the rough at the height that members expect.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Welcome Philadelphia Amateur!

This picture was taken today from the Clubhouse. We are excited to be the host of this year's Philadelphia Amateur! The GAP has done a first class job setting up this 115 year old event! We are just crossing our fingers that we stay away away for any rain..(until night time)! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Yesterday marked the end of what we think of as a drought! The course received 0.75 inches of rain in the morning and 2.6 inches last night! It is still drizzling on and off today. It washed out some of the bunkers and limited our scheduled mowing but we will take the rain! The staff is concentrating on getting all the green side bunkers back in shape and if the weather improves, we will mow greens in the afternoon.