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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Today, we started to prepare for new aggregate concrete to be poured to replace the slate walk way that leads into the Men's locker room. We are also adding steps (1st picture) from the Manoa Road parking area. The should be open by Saturday afternoon, weather dependent.
The fourth largest snow storm in Philadelphia history left us with an unofficial 22 inches. This upcoming weather might turn the snow into water very quickly. We are going to concentrate on servicing the seasonal fleet of equipment until we can get back on the course.