The first post of the new year revolves around the winter storm today. As you can see in this picture across #18 and #1, we are experiencing nearly "white out" conditions. We have a couple inches of snow on the ground now and increasing winds. It has stopped the tree work we had planned for today but we are going to try to get started again tomorrow, weather dependent.
With the weather being unseasonably warm, we are installing Belgium block curbing. In the above picture, you can see we are working on the island between the Clubhouse and Golf Shop. We are hoping to finish by tomorrow. We are also cleaning up golf course in hopes we can open tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!
We came to the course with a surprise 2 inches of snow! With all the wind yesterday, we were preparing to open the course today but were stopped in our tracks. That being said, I expect the snow to melt quickly. We will keep you updated as to when the course will reopen for play.
The week has been divided by us chasing the remaining leaves and aerification. In this picture you can see that we are deep tining the greens. We followed it with rolling and mowing the greens for the last time this year. We spend the rest of the week on irrigation winterization and cleanup.
Yesterday, we took covers out to the range tee. The right side of the tee has bermuda grass. The rest of the tee is a mix of bent grass and various types off fescue. The bermuda is the only "warm season" grass of the bunch. It, like most people, does not like the cold. We installed a turf cover to keep it safe from high winds and keep it a bit more warm opposed to not being covered. We are hoping that will keep it from "going south" when we take the covers off in the spring!
Earlier this week, we had Aradar Tree Service remove the one of the two sawtooth oaks on the left side of 7 tee. Over the years it had grow to the point that it was "shutting down" the left side of the tee box for a left to right tee shot. It was also in declining health. Now, the left side is wide open!
Next up, cleaning up and planting hedges along 6 tee.
Yesterday, we aerified fairways. Today, we are focusing on the approaches to the greens. We will be pulling soil plugs and shoveling them up. This reduces thatch and helps the soil "breath". Next week, we plan to aerify tees.
Over the last few days, we have been spreading sand! Each Fall, we spread over 125 tons of sand on fairways to smooth out the surface, increase drainage and improve the soil. We broom the sand into the canopy to help achieve these goals. We are just about to finish the last few fairways by Monday.
After over 27 days, we finally received almost an inch of rain! Some of the low lying fairways and rough are wet but carts are available today! As we prepare to topdress fairways next week, we will be concentrating on cleaning up from the winds overnight.
After a spring and summer of what felt like it rained every other day, we have run straight into a mini drought. We have no significant rain in over 21 days. The dry has great for the bent grass on greens,tees and fairways. It is a little bit tough on some areas in the rough. We are are spending most of our time hand watering in these localized dry spots. The trees are doing all they can too to get any water. That is why you see some brown grass at the base of the trees. If the forecast is right, it looks like Sunday and Monday will be the first chance for rain. We are keeping our fingers crossed!
In preparation for the Llanerch Cup last week, we trimmed the fine fescue on the bunkers.We also added some sand to a few bunkers. We will continue to edge them later in the month. This week's focus is preparing for Championship Saturday!
We started to aerify 18 fairways and the par 3 fairways today. As you can see for the picture above, we are pulling a 1/2 inch size plug. They should heal in about 10 days. The rest of the fairways will be aerified in November.
As we continue to heal from aerification, the staff is rolling the greens with more frequency to try to smooth out the putting surface. It also helps us provide a cleaner cut. With all the recent sunshine, we have seen the greens begin to heal quicker.
We have just finished the aerification of the greens, approaches and tees. The course will be open today at 8:00am. The size of the holes on the greens are medium in size and already healing. We will be aerifying the fairways in the first week of November.
Two weeks ago, we installed some bermuda sod on the range tee. We have been spreading sand on it and rolling it to smooth it out. We will start mowing it next week. We are hoping to open it in the very near future.