Thursday, September 18, 2014

PGA Section Championship

As most of you know, we have been very busy with tournaments over the last 7 days. We were able to have a successful Member-Member Championship last Friday and Saturday despite the rain. We had to get right back at prepping the course for the PGA Section Championship that started with a Pro-Amateur on Monday followed by three days of stroke play. Today marks the final round. I very happy to say that many participates have told me how much they love the course and the new clubhouse. It has been just a great event and Llanerch members should be very proud of their club!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aerification Day 3

We have finished aerifying fairways today.  We have some topdressing still to do on approaches and need to add some more fertilizer on greens tomorrow. That being all said, we are ahead of schedule enough that we are opening tomorrow at 11:00am with carts. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aerification Day 2

Any Golf Course Superintendent will tell you they prefer to aerify when its warm and dry. Well, today is very very dry! It puts in a position where we have to use more water than normal. As for warm....well its warm plus plus! We are already 88 degrees and approaching 90 before the end of the afternoon. We just have to adjust the amount of sand we use. So far, everything is going as planned. We will open the practice putting greens tomorrow. The range and practice are open today.

Monday, August 25, 2014


We started aerifying greens today. The holes are about "medium" in size. Over today and tomorrow, we will roll, topdress and broom the greens. Are goal is to fill in as many holes as possible to the surface. The more we can do that, the fast the greens heal. Tomorrow, we are slated to start aerifying the tees and approaches.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Golf Course Update

Where is Summer? It is crazy to see such low temperatures over the weekend. I was looking at last year's temperature records and notice that this time last year we were 7 degrees hotter! That might not sound like much but in agricultural terms, that is huge difference.

Today, we are fertilizing the greens to promote some growth before aerification next Tuesday. We are aerifying greens next Tuesday, fairways on Wednesday, tees and approaches on Thursday. This schedule will be all dependent on the weather and could change very quickly.

Friday, August 8, 2014

RangeTee Update

As of yesterday, we opened the range tee where we had planted bermuda grass! It is still a little "young" but has strong roots. We will be filling the divots with a sand mixture only. We do not use any kind of seed in the divot mixture. This is because bermuda grass grows vegetatively and will "spread" from the edges of the divot to heal. I hope everyone enjoys the playability of the new surface!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Golf Course Update

As you are playing the golf course, you might notice some of the native areas have been cut down. On holes 1,8,16 and 14 we started to prep the areas for applications of a herbicide. The herbicide will reduce the invasive common bermuda that has taken over in some spots. We made these same applications last year with some success. We feel that it might a couple more years of this program to eradicate it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Range and Course Update

The Course received 1.4 inches of rain last night! It was a little more than we wanted but we were glad to get it! We will not be able to mow any bentgrass today but will continue to cut the rough. As for the range, it is growing in quickly now. Last week's cooler than average night temperatures was a great for the greens but slowed the growth of the bermuda. But sunny skies and hot afternoons are big help! We mowed it today and I hope to have it open by Saturday as long as the weather cooperates.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Range Tee Update

Yesterday, we finished sodding the range tee with 9,000 square feet of Latitude 36 bermuda grass. The sod was a little dry from the over 2 hour drive from the Maryland sod farm but looks good! We will let it "nit in" for a about 8 days and then we will start to mow and aerify it. We are hoping to be open by August first, depending on weather. The left side of the range will still be open for practice.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Range Tee Update

Yesterday, we started to strip out 9,000 square feet of bentgrass from the right side of the range tee. The grass will be replaced with the newest and most cold tolerant bermuda grass call Latitude 36. All our research points to this grass being a better turf to use on the range. It heals from divots faster and does not require us to seed the divots. It heals in an aggressive vegetative way opposed to being from seed. We are sodding the tee this morning. If the weather stay some what warm, we hope to have the sod open for play by August 1st. More updates later.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Golf Course Update

I don't have to remind you that it has been very hot for the last 24 hours. We have said it before but needs to be said again...we do not roll greens when we experience weather over 92 degrees. We have seen the greens react in a negative fashion upon rolling with high temperatures. We will start rolling again once we see a dip in temperatures. Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ball Marks

As you can see in this picture, ball marks are on the rise. Everyone has been great this year fixing their ball marks (and some that were not theirs)! I appreciate the collective effort so far to stop this issue. Fixing them results in healthier turf, smoother putting surface and reduces the chances that poa annua will establish itself on the greens. If you have questions on how to best fix them, please ask the Golf Staff or myself. Thanks for the help!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Golf Course Update

As we move from May into June, temperature started to finally get hot. Looks like that we be short lived as we had a quick storm come in last night and lower both the temperature and humidity. We are using today to concentrating on smoothing and leveling out the sand in the bunkers. Dan, Llanerch's horticulturist, is spending time adding some more plants to the vertical garden on #18. Depending on the weather, we will start to topdress approaches later this week. Hope to see you out on the course!  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Parking Lots

Today, we had a contractor start the process of sealing the parking lots by the practice hole, pool and tennis. They will apply 2 layers and an extra layer on high traffic areas. They will come back at night and re-striping all the parking spaces. These lots will be closed to parking until at least tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Stand them Up!

We have spent the last few days verticutting the bentgrass fairways. This is a mechanical process where we run small circular blades through the turf canopy. That makes the turf "stand up". Then we cut that  grass on the fairways.This produces a "tighter" lie for the ball. It also is benefits the overall health of the plant. So the next time your playing and you see "lines" in the fairways, you will know why.