Monday, June 13, 2016


This weekend was one windy one! We spent the days watering as much as possible without giving up our goal of firm and fast. After a very wet May, June has been just as dry. The forecast is calling for some rain towards the end of the week. We will be adding sand to tees, fairways and greens to help keep the surfaces smooth and true during the early part of the week.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Grooming Day

Today, we spent the morning "grooming" greens. It is process where we use motorized circular knives to cut lightly through the turf canopy. It helps "stand up" the turf. We than mow the "standing" turf. This make the surface more smooth and consistent. Afterward, we apply a dusting of sand to fill the grooves in. As you can see in the above picture, the grooves are very thin and almost hard to see.

Friday, May 20, 2016


After verticutting the fairways, we started the process of adding topdress sand to the fairways. The sand helps firm up the fairways, improve drainage and smooth out the surface. This is a long process that will take up to 10 days if the weather is reasonable.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


If you have played in the last few days, you will see "lines" in the fairways. They are very shallow cuts made into the turf canopy to "stand up" the turf. By doing this, we remove the "chunky" part of the turf plant. It helps reduce the incidence of turf disease and improves the lie of the ball.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rain and Lights

As you can see in this picture from Monday, we are installing lights along the Clubhouse leading to the Fitness Center. They were just completed yesterday and are working just great! As for the golf course, we have carts today. We are still wet from all the rain over the past few days but more firm today. Hope to see you "on the course"!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dry Dry Dry

As you can see in this picture of 11 tee complex, we are irrigating. The rain that has been in the forecast earlier in the week has not come our way. With the exception of last Saturday morning, we have not had a big rain in weeks. We might have some rain tonight but it looks we have a better chance on Sunday. Unseasonable cold temperatures should end over the weekend. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Yesterday's aerification went as well as could be planned. Today, we have spent time spreading more sand on the greens to smooth them out. This picture was taken right after we applied topdress. The sand was then blown into the aerification hole and into the grass canopy. This will make the greens heal faster and putt better. The hole size is only half the size that we use in the fall.

Monday, April 18, 2016


After a very sunny and dry weekend, we have decided to aerify greens. The aerification holes are very small and should heal rather quickly. The holes in the greens will help with water movement to the root zone, increase the amount of oxygen in the soil profile and assist in getting more sand in the ground.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Morning Surprise!

Just when you thought the weather could not get any weirder, we have a half inch of snow on the ground! This picture was taken at 7:20am today of #1. We are hoping the bright sun will begin to melt the snow soon. We also need the temperature to keep rising. We are currently 34 degrees with almost no wind. We will continue to communicate with the Golf Shop so they can notify you as soon as the snow melts. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fairway Aerification

Yesterday's half inch of rain pushed the fairway aerification to today. We have three aerifiers (like the one pictured above) punching holes as of 7:00am this morning. I am hoping they will be done by 4:00pm today. The course is open for play.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Foot bridges

Today, we started the process of installing a non-slip material on the foot bridges. This black, plastic netting is designed specifically for golf course bridges. We plan to have most of the bridges done today.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Golf Course Update

We started the first mow of the year on greens today. The greens are still very brown looking but they should start to "green up" over the next week if the weather stays so warm. This mow will help make the greens much smoother than yesterday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Let's Mow!

With the unseasonably warm weather, we mowed fairways yesterday and today. We also rolled the greens in preparation for their first mow of the season tomorrow. With all this continuing warm weather, we will start cutting the tees and approaches to greens next week. This is about 14-20 days ahead of last year.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Snow...for now.......

As the snow falls here at Llanerch, warm weather awaits us next week. This dusting of snow should melt quickly. We do have a small chance of less than an inch of snow between Saturday night/Sunday morning. After that, the temperature will be in the 60's for most of the week. I do not foresee us mowing the greens next week but I do plan to roll them to provide a smoother surface. We will be busy preparing to put water in the irrigation system, cleaning up the course and finishing some tree work. We hope to see you next week!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fence Replacement

We are in the process of replacing the fence along Township Line. The cyclone wire fence will be replaced by the aluminum black fence that we have been using throughout the rest of the course. We are hoping to be finished by middle of next week.