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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Golf Course Update

As of today, we still have standing water on at least 6 greens. They are very soft and not capable of holding up to foot traffic. It seems the top 4-6 inches has un-thawed but the frost below it is just staring to thaw. This is pushing water to the surface of the greens. I have no choice but to keep the course closed until the greens completely dry out. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What a Difference!

The pictures are from #16 green but only 6 days apart! The snow ice and melting quickly! We are just waiting for the ground to "firm up" so we can open the course. Again, the forecast is really going to dictate when we can. I will continue to post the day I think we can open as soon as possible. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Golf Course Update

The golf course is soaking wet. We have seen a majority of the snow and ice melt. The ground is very soft in some spots and frozen solid in others. I am still not sure when we can reopen for play. It really depends on the next few days. The forecast is calling for heavy rain starting Friday night into Saturday morning. If that forecast is correct, I think we will have to wait until next week to play. I will continue to post updates on the blog over the next following days.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Really?!?! More Snow?!?!

As of 9:00am, we have 2 inches on the ground and there seems to be no break in sight. The forecast is 5-8 total inches by tonight. The long term forecast leads me to believe that the should be melted by next Thursday. I will keep everyone posted on the status of the course. Remember, only 15 days until Spring!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Golf Course Update

As I walked the course over the last few days, I see we have a long way to go until we view grass again! We had some melting from Sunday's rain and a sunny day today but it all turns to ice at night. So, we sit and wait until mother natural will let use have some warming temperatures, especially at night. Zeus has been busy running off geese and we continue to prepare the equipment fleet for the season. Oh, did I forget, plow snow and salt ice! Here's to hoping for warm temperatures!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tree Work

Seems the winter was not too kind to one of the Norway spruces along the right side of #15. As you can see from these pictures, the tree just torn apart at the base. We are spending the morning cleaning up the tree. We will grind the stump in the next couple weeks. I plan to replant another tree near this same area.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VIDEO about the Profession

I am proud to introduction this video about what we as Golf Course Superintendents do as a profession. It was produced by the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents. As a current board member of this 90 year old association, I believe this video is worthy of a view! I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


As you can see, the fence has been completed all along Edmonds Road. Now, when you are playing #5, you will have the new black aluminum fence marking the out of bounds. The installation only took two day.