For the last 3 days, we have been spreading sand on the fairways. This helps the fairways drain better, smooths out the surface and give the ball more roll. We will finish today once the 5th fairway is completed.
Today, we spent some time deep tining tight soils in some fairways. The deep tine is 8 inches long and a half inch in diameter. It goes much deeper than a traditional aerifyer.The tine increases water movement and increases needed gaseous exchange in the soil.
After a snowy March and rainy ending to April, we are finally seeing the course wake up! We are concentrating on sodding a few small areas where we did some tree work in the early spring and preparing the course for everyday play. The 9th green is healthy but we will be keeping a close eye on this summer as it faces it's first summer.
Yesterday, we spent the day solid tining fairways. The aerification will help the fairways drain faster, improve rooting and reduce thatch build up. We completed almost all course yesterday and will begin tees and approaches today and tomorrow.
We aerified 9 green today. It will also get topdressed and rolled. It is getting very close to greens height. I feel it needs a few more weeks to mature. I can't see it being closed any later than the end of April. Thanks for your patience!
With the warm weather, we aerified greens. They are very small holes but will improve the health of the soil profile. We rolled them smooth right afterwards and added some sand. We are mowing them this morning. They are very wet from last night's rain but should be playable later today.
Yesterday and today represent more "first" mows on the golf course. We have mowed all the approaches and fairways yesterday. Today, we are mowing all the greens and starting the rough. With a forecast of heavy rain coming tomorrow, we are racing against the clock to get the course as "mowed out" as possible!
Just as we started to mow fairways for the first time of the season, here comes thunderstorms?!?!? It is highly unusual to have thunderstorms in March. We just received 0.3 of an inch of rain in 20 minutes. We have no other choice but to restrict carts today and only hope for better weather tomorrow. The one good attribute about today is that we are still in a "drought" watch in the Philadelphia area. So, we do need as much rain as possible.....just more in the evening and not during the day!
On March 1st it was 72 degrees and we were mowing the 9th green. Today, its 19 degrees in the morning with 3 inches of snow with a coating of ice. The forecast really only seems to warm up after Sunday. I am hoping that most of the snow is gone by late next week. We will keep you and the Golf Shop updated.
After taking the cover off for a few days, we started to mow #9 green. With the exception of a few very small spots, the green is growing in well. Later this month, it will start being treated just like all the other greens to prepare it for play. We plan to open it sometime in April. Thanks for your patience.
With all the warm weather, we were able to "sneak" in an addition aerification of the greens. We used 8 inch long solid tines to help promote better roots, improve water movement and increase oxygen in the soil. We rolled the greens right afterwards to minimize any potential "bumpiness".
We were pleasantly surprised by a quick half inch of snow this morning on the course but it won't last long. As the sun comes out, we have already seen close to half of it melt away. As for us, we are spending the day cleaning up stump grindings and filling the cavity with soil. We will continue to trim trees starting tomorrow.
Over last weekend and Monday, we experience some severe winds. As you can see in this picture, a 55 foot Eastern White Pine literally split in half! With the help of Aradar Tree Service and their 100 foot crane, we were able to remove this tree before it fell. We are spending the rest of the week cleaning up all the tree debris from this windy storm.
The snow has all but melted on the course except in some bunkers and isolated areas. We also received almost 0.25 inches of rain last night. The course is very wet, to say the least. We will be open for walking only at 12:00pm today.