Monday, February 18, 2019

18 Pond Update

As you can see, we have started the pond project. We drained the pond on Thursday and Friday. Now we are working to remove all the concrete around the spill way. We discovered a beautiful stone wall underneath the concrete. We are trying to restore that instead of building a new one. Will be giving more updates later this week!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Snow but melting and Oh, the Pond!

Yesterday, we were out on the course to check on the snow and it was great to see the City of Philadelphia Skyline!. The snow is melting quickly but it will be very wet afterwards. We are working on some drain work on 11 and 1 today. In other developments, we will be starting the restoration of 18 pond late this week or beginning next week, dependent on weather. We will be sending updates as we progress.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

17th Tee

Last week we removed all the overgrown privet hedges surrounding the 17th tee. They were preventing good air movement and sunlight on the tee surface. Without those two elements, it becomes much more difficult to grow grass, especially from divots. We will be replant some small hedges to secure safety from 10 fairway. In this picture, you can see we sodded some of the area already. We will finish sodding it once the hedges are planted in the late winter and early summer.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy New Year! Golf Course Update

As most of know, I have not been blogging much since October due to the individual emails that were being sent to you and the Informational Meetings that we conducted in December. Now that the Llanerch Golf Course Restoration has been overwhelmingly approved by membership (thank you!), I will be returning to the blog to keep the membership up to date an our progress. In the next few days/weeks, I will be posting pictures and narratives about what we are concentrating on and what is planned over the next few months. Even though the construction of the project does not truly begin until early October 2019, we have started to clear some areas to facilitate a speedy construction schedule. Stay tuned for more information very soon! Thanks! Brendan.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Golf Course Update

Last week, before the ever present rains, we spent the day spreading sand on fairways. This helps with drainage and smooths the surface. With more rain in the forecast, we are aerifying tees and select approaches. The staff will than spread more sand on those areas for the same reason. We are hoping to finish by later tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Golf Course Update

Another day, another measurable amount of rain. We can in this morning to find that the course recieved another 0.05 inches of rain. It doesn't sound like much but it is when the soil is already wet. That being said we do have carts today but please be careful when stopping. Skid marks from the tires on the fairways takes a long time to recover.
Enjoy the course today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Golf Course Update

 Image result for scorching sun on golf course

Looks like another week of scorching sun. We will skip rolling greens for the week. It just creates too much damage to the turf after a long season combined with high heat. We will start rolling again next week. Thanks for your patience.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Dusting Them

Last week saw some incredible amounts of rain in the area. We missed a good deal of it but still are a bit wet today. With the forecast set for even more rain, we felt it was a good time to topdress sand on the greens and approaches. As you can see in the above picture, we are only using a light amount. This will help to give the greens more firmness and ensure a smooth roll.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#8 Pond Update

Last week we dusted off the old canoe and installed two subsurface bubblers in # 8 pond. The are designed to increase the amount of oxygen in the water column. It directly reduces algae build up and helps the fish breath better. Our plan is to install  2 more in #18 pond next year. As for the soil piles behind the pond, they need a few more months to dry out before we can reshape the area.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Golf Course Update

After the coldest April since 1985, we went through one of the wettest Mays. With all that behind us, we are focusing on daily play and the Finsterwald Cup. We are really focusing on maintaining the rough. Rest assured that we doing all we can to keep it at reasonable height. We just could use some dry weather and sunny skies!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Aerification and Jazz

Today, we are aerifying greens. The holes are small and it was done with a solid tine. We will roll and topdress the greens today and tomorrow. There should be little to no difference in speed and/or smoothness by Friday.  Our newest staff member Jazz,  was captured here checking on the quality of the aerification! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Fog and Sod

We were greeted with fog this morning at #8 pond. We prepared and laid out 3,000 square feet of tall fescue. There will be more sod coming in the next couple weeks. Our contractor Toth Brothers is beginning the process of removing their equipment from the site. Once they do, we will reopen the tees. Thanks for your patience. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pond Update

As you can see in this picture, we are almost done place the new rip-rap edge on the pond. We are planning to finish by Tuesday April 3rd. This will mark the reopening of the tee boxes on #8. In the next couple weeks, we will seed and sod the disturbed areas.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pond Update

As the weather improves slightly, the dredging of #8 pond continues. The pond looks to be about 7 feet deeper than when we first started. Once the dredging is completed, the stone work along the pond edge will begin.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Golf Course Storm Update

The course was damaged mainly by the high winds and wet snow on Friday. So far, I have counted 6 trees down and varying leaves of damage of other tree branches. We have about 7-10 eight foot sections of fence that will need to be replaced. Aradar tree service is coming today to start removing the felled trees. We will purchase and plant trees and arborvitaes if it is required in the near future. 

The 8th pond is filled with water again and will need to be pumped out for at least a few days. The exact date as to when the dredging will restart again will be dictated by when the snow melts off and the ground dries up again.

The staff will concentrate on continuing the course clean up. Thanks for your patience.