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.
As we enter the 2017 season, snow has finally arrived and so has some very cold temperatures. Yesterday it was 9 degrees on the course in the morning. We have used the cold weather and frozen ground to preform some tree work. Saturday, Monday and today will continue to be marked with Aradar Tree Services pruning and removing trees. With very warm temperatures coming back later this week, we are hoping we can re-open the course very soon again.
As the weather starts to take a turn towards winter, we covered 9 green. The cover will just keep the green a bit warmer and reduce wind desiccation. We will take it off during the winter to apply fertilizer if the weather allows. The cover will probably stay on until St. Patrick's Day.
Last week, we had the fence replaced on the right side of 9 green. As for the green, it is growing in well. We have mowed it over 20 times since it was sodded. We will cover it with a "greens cover" in the next few days to help promote some more growth.
As I came on property today, I was able to take this picture of the city of Philadelphia's skyline. Our staff is concentrating on taking care of 9 green and continuing our daily battle to rid the course of leaves. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Over the past few weeks, we have been working on improving the fairways. As we did last year, all the fairways, tees and approaches were verticut. Today is the last day of verticutting fairways. All the surfaces were also aerified. The tees and approaches received a thick coat of topdressing sand. The end result is a firmer surface for play, improved drainage and a healthier stand of grass.
We are almost finished 9 green and 10 tee. We have a few minor "loose ends" to tie up over the next few days but all of them are very minor in scope. As for the project goals, we were on time and just under budget!
Yesterday, all the arborvitaes were installed along the driveway by LCC staff. We will install columnar sugar maples on both sides of the main entrance next week. In the picture above, you can see the sand that was spread out in the green side bunkers. The sheets of plastic in front of the green were used to protect the approach from last night's rain.
As you can see in this picture, Total Turf Construction applied the product Better Billy Bunker to seal the drainage gravel from the sand yesterday. In 2004, we used a fabric liner. This new blinder eliminates the need for the liner. Today, they are adding sand to the bunkers and starting to wire irrigation. LCC staff is installing shrubs along the drive way to separate the green from the main entrance.
Yesterday, we topdressed and rolled the green. Afterwards, we mowed it for the first time. The contractors concentrated on installing drainage around the green surround. Today, we will focus on preparing the approach for sod and installing irrigation.
The bunker gravel is all but done. We are now putting drainage in the new 10th tee and doing some final shaping around the tee and green complex. We will also start fine tuning the grade of the 9th approach. Sod will becoming early next week.
As we are building the green complex, we also cleared out all the overgrown vegetative plantings along the right side of the green. Now, we have planted 6-7 foot single stem arborvitae. In the next few years, they will grow to 12-14 feet and provide a screen to the building along the green.We will be planting a combination of arborvitae and trees along the main entrance and the 9th green sometime next week.