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.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

No Rain Update

It seems that rain will not fall in Havertown, In my many years at Llanerch, I can not remember it being this dry since 2003! We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will get some rain later today into tonight. One rain fall will not end this dry period but would go a long way to starting the end of what is becoming a drought like situation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Golf Course Update

The golf course continues to be defined by heavy rough a lack of rain.  We have not had any substantial rain since April 22! The only break so far was a tiny 0.25 of rain last Saturday night. There are thunderstorms in the forecast today but only 50%. We are keeping are fingers crossed for some rain tonight. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Course Update

I am glad to say the range fence extension is finished! I appreciate everyone's patience. It is never fun to lose the use of the range any time of the year, especially in early May. As for the golf course, May means thick rough! We are putting as much effort possible to "contain" the height of the grass and blow off the clipping.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Range Update

This morning, the contractor started the process of adding the poles to increase the height of the fence. As you can see in the picture, a crane is needed to assist in the installation. The crane will be here at least two days. The range will be open during the weekend but closed again for a few days next week to complete the work. Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Range Update

 On Monday, we started the process of increasing the height of the range fence. Aradar Tree Service spent the day trimming any of the trees that were over hanging the existing fence. At the same time Cross Country Cowboy Range Fence Inc. was starting the installation of the 20 foot higher netting. We have to close the range for safety reasons while they do the construction. We are hoping the the range will be open by the end of next week. The plan is for the range to be open during the weekend. I am sorry for the inconvenience but it will really improve safety on 17 tee and 10 fairway. Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Golf Course Update

This week, after a 20 day delay, the seasonal staff from the H2B Visa program arrived back at Llanerch. They are the "backbone" of Grounds Maintenance Staff. They and the rest of the team are busy mowing, topdressing, raking and doing all the other tasks to give the membership the best conditions possible. We are excited for the 2015 season. Hope to see you out on the course! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Golf Course Update

Yesterday, we aerified greens with a very thin tine. That means the holes are very small. We are rolling them today with plans to topdress later this week. The sand will help smooth the surface and help with drainage.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Today, we mowed greens and added some topdress sand. The sand helps smooth the surface of the green and improve drainage. We are hoping for some rain over night to wash the sand into the canopy. If not, we will use the irrigation system to "wash in" the sand.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Today, we are aerifying all the fairways. The first pictures show the actual tractors that are doing the "punching". The second picture shows the size of holes the aerifier is making in fairways. We plan to be done all the fairways by the end of the day today. We are also preparing the greens for the first mow of the season.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Still with Snow

The course had some very large snow melt today. That being said, we still have about 30% of the course covered in snow. The "winter" night nights are not helping the cause. We are hoping that most of the snow will be gone by the end of the day tomorrow. We are spending our time preparing for sod along the new walkway between the Golf Shop and the putting green. We will also be cleaning up new broken branches that are a result of the new wet snow we received last week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Again and Again.

The first day of Spring! This picture is from around 8:15 this morning. I think the picture tells the story. We are just going to have to wait until Mother Nature stops thinking it is winter.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015


As of 12:00pm today, we are open for golf with carts. The range is open on the range mat only. Thanks for your patience.