Thursday, February 4, 2016


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. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Golf Course Update

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.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Golf Course Update

After months of unseasonably warm weather, we finally had some snow! We only measured 1/2 an inch but with it being so cold, it is sticking around so far. We will concentrate on salting the lots and refurbishing the equipment. We are also keeping an eye on a potential snow storm late this week. It is too early to tell but worth watching for.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Years!

The Llanerch Grounds Maintenance Staff would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Years! Oh, Zeus the dog too!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Really?!? Poa seeds?!?!

It is normal for poa annual to seed in late April and in late September but NOT late December. This observation is another first for me. The abnormally warm temperatures continue to confuse plant life (and greenkeepers too). We are out mowing fairways and the intermediate cut today because the grass has grown so much in the past week. We are hoping the temperatures go back to normal later this week after what looks like some heavy rain tonight into tomorrow.  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

So as we prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Mother Nature has given us another unseasonable warm day. It is going up to 72 degrees! Unfortunately, we also received 1.2 inches of rain yesterday. The course is very wet and can not accommodate carts. If the course conditions improve, we will inform the Golf Shop staff on any cart status changes. The Staff of Grounds Maintenance and I would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Golf Course Update

As we enter the week of Christmas, the weather keeps making it feel like it is spring! In close to the 30 years of green keeping, I have never needed to mow greens, tees and fairways this late in the season. The next 10 days looks warn and wet. This will keep the grass from going dormant. Hopefully, winter will return in January!

Monday, November 30, 2015

15 Fairway

Last week, the staff removed a section of 15 fairway and replaced the grass with bentgrass sod. Over the 11 years since the renovation, the grass had become contaminated with some rye grass and poa annua. To improve the play-ability, the sod was added. It is probably the highest trafficked area on the course and was starting to show some real signs of wear and tear. We are keeping golf cart off it until the spring of 2016.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tree Work

Yesterday, we had tree contractor Aradar Tree Services remove a large tree form the left side of 10 fairway near 10 tee box. It was a Norway Maple that had some very serve cracking throughout it's trunk and main leading branches. We had grown very concerned that it was just a matter of time until the tree dropped some heavy wood.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Intermediate Cut

Today, we are taking time to sod some areas in the intermediate cut surrounding fairways. Over the years, the bentgrass in the fairways creep into small section of the intermediate cut. In this case, the bentgrass was more than 40% . We prefer to have a stand of bluegrass with some rye grass. Once we are done, it will provide a more consistent lie and be more visually appealing.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Today, we start the process of removing thatch from the tees. We use a machine called a verticutter. It is a series of spinning blades that cuts through the turf canopy. As you can see in the picture, it removes the the thatch layer that lies between the the grass you see and the soil. By removing some of this organic material, the tee surface becomes firmer, smoother and assists getting water into the soil. We than blow the organic material off the tee surface. We are hoping to finish the tees by mid day tomorrow.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Streak is Over!

On Saturday, the course received 0.2 inches of rain. It was the first measurable rain that course had seen in 16 straight weekends! It is amazing to think it had not rained all summer on the weekends. That being said, we are looking very dry for the next 7-10 days. We are using this week to prepare for the Llanerch Cup. Good luck to all the participants!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rain Finally!

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After weeks and weeks of dry weather, Llanerch finally got some rain! Between yesterday and last night, the course had 1.5 inches of rain. The course is a little saturated in low areas but overall still firm. This is not enough rain to completely wet the course deep into the ground but a good start!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sun, Heat and no Rain

As we end August, we have had 29 days of 90 degrees temperatures or higher which is two more days than the average summer in Philadelphia. It has not seemed very hot to most people because the humidity is been way below average. I can not remember the humidity being so low for so long in the summer. It feels great but can make for some challenging times for the management of plants. The combination of the current weather pattern and the lack of rain is forcing us to rely on the irrigation system. We are hoping that some rain will fall by Friday!?!? As for the aerification, the greens seem to be healing at a healthy pace. Thanks for your patience. 

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.