Monday, August 24, 2015

Aerification Week

Today, we started our late summer aerification of greens, tees and approaches. So far, we are on schedule. We will be adding sand and fertilizer to them tomorrow to speed up the healing process.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tuesday's Rain

With some great work from the Golf Shop Staff, you can view what the 1 inch rain that we received on Tuesday looks like on the Practice hole.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Lou Agnes Memorial Clock

I am excited to present an image of the new clock on #1 tee! The Agnes Family was so generous to donate the clock in the memory of Mr. Lou Agnes. Many members have told me how much they love the clock and shared their personal memories with Mr. Agnes. It is truly a great addition to Llanerch!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hot Hot Hot!

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Today starts what could be an extended heat wave. We are preparing the turf as best we can for not just high temperatures but for very few clouds and high humidity. We are quietly hoping the weather people are wrong and this heat wave ends way before the beginning of next week. You might notice the greens a bit slower this week. This is because the heat reduces our ability to use the greens roller. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sunscreen kills grass

This is a picture from 2 fairway. You can see the foot print in the middle of the brown turf. It is clearly an application of sunscreen mist applied to someone's leg. I am a strong proponent of using sunscreen but please do not apply it when standing on grass. The sunscreen has alcohol in it and it burns the grass. Thanks!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Golf Course Update

Th first 12 days of July have been an extension of June. Warm, muggy and periods of intense rain. It has not had an adverse effect on the course so far. We have been concentrating our efforts almost completely towards tournament preparation. Between the Finsterwald Cup, Philadelphia Amateur, Ladies and Men's Member Guest, we have been very busy! We are taking today to add sand to greens and approaches, tree trimming and normal course conditioning.

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!