Friday, September 23, 2016

#9 and the Drone

As you can see in the top left of this picture, we were taking pictures with a drone for the construction of #9 green. Aradar Tree Service remove some large pines to the right of the green. The Grounds Staff will remove the remaining spruces and hedges around the green. The driveway and fence line along the right of #9 will have a new hedge installed in the latter part of October. Construction starts October 4th, weather dependent.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

No Rain for Us!

I feel like it is Groundhog Day! The forecast is calling dry, hot and breezy days with some cooling at night. Great weather for people. Not so great for plants. We continue to water as much as possible until some rain forms. We would have started some additional slit seeding, aerification and topdressing but we are waiting for rain first. It looks like maybe Sunday night into Monday morning. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


In the past 19 days, we have received almost no measurable rain. The rain would help push the greens and tees to fully heal from aerification. That being said, we are already very close to closing the holes. We are now going to enter a heat wave later today that will last until Saturday, if you believe the forecast. The 2 month forecast is calling for dry conditions to continue until Halloween! Boy, I hope they are wrong!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


We are almost done aerification. We aerified the tees, greens, approaches and par 3 fairways. We will continue to aerify other select areas all next week and and topdress sand to tees and approaches. The course will be open tomorrow at 11:00am. Thank you for your patience!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Golf Course Update

After a very hot and wet July, we are entering August. We have been cleaning up for weeks the storm damage for 3 rain and high wind events in succession. We have Aradar Tree service trying to finish the last of the tree damage this week. The staff is busy with daily golf course preparation and planting seed for the fall. We are just keeping our fingers crossed that the worst of the heat is over but preparing for it to come back!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Storm Damage Update

As of this morning, we have cleaned up almost all the tree damage on #2. We are looking to do work on #8, #10 and #3 tee later today. We plan to have all the bunkers back in shape by noon today. It looks like we will need the tree company Aradar to help us for a few more days. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


The storm we had yesterday did some real damage on the course. We lost between 15-20 trees, damaged some of the fence and dropped lots of branches and leaves. We plan to reopen at 3:00pm today. Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Fan

With all this hot and muggy weather, we had to start running the fan on #18 green. It is on a timer to be off around 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Since its installation, the fan has contributed to the overall health of the green. The gentle breeze reduces the temperature enough to help the bentgrass through the summer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Golf Course Update

After a drenching 0.5 inches of rain last nigh, we are busy protecting the turf from the upcoming humid weather. This is the time of year where we try to not start any big projects and keep all our focus on the grass. The hot and sticky weather looks to be in town until Saturday when we might get a short break.

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.