Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Golf Course Update

As I walked the course over the last few days, I see we have a long way to go until we view grass again! We had some melting from Sunday's rain and a sunny day today but it all turns to ice at night. So, we sit and wait until mother natural will let use have some warming temperatures, especially at night. Zeus has been busy running off geese and we continue to prepare the equipment fleet for the season. Oh, did I forget, plow snow and salt ice! Here's to hoping for warm temperatures!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tree Work

Seems the winter was not too kind to one of the Norway spruces along the right side of #15. As you can see from these pictures, the tree just torn apart at the base. We are spending the morning cleaning up the tree. We will grind the stump in the next couple weeks. I plan to replant another tree near this same area.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VIDEO about the Profession

I am proud to introduction this video about what we as Golf Course Superintendents do as a profession. It was produced by the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents. As a current board member of this 90 year old association, I believe this video is worthy of a view! I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


As you can see, the fence has been completed all along Edmonds Road. Now, when you are playing #5, you will have the new black aluminum fence marking the out of bounds. The installation only took two day.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Golf Course Update

I know a few people are starting to wonder when the course will be open. It is a harder question to answer than some might think. We still have a few greens with ice and snow on them. This is not to say that 20-30 bunkers that still have ice, snow and water in them. The cold nights are really hurting the melting process, also. We have to be 100% free of ice and snow on greens before allowing play. We will continue to update the Golf Shop every morning as of the status of the course. Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tree Work

Even though it is bitter cold outside, we have tree work to do! Actually, with the ground so cold, it is easier to have big trucks out on the course. This picture was from this morning along the right side of #12 & #14. We are trimming 5 oaks, 1 ash and 2 scotch pines. We plan to finish today.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. 2014 was a good season for the golf course but now we must move on to 2015. We will be starting out by saying "goodbye" to horticulturalist Dan Bangert. Dan left to supervise a commercial property. We are both very happy for him but sorry to see him leave. I am sure he will do well! We are in the process of looking for a new horticulturist right now.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What?!?!?! Snow?!

Wow! We were surprised by a half inch of snow today on the course! There was a low percentage chance for snow accumulation last night but not high enough for us to consider it seriously. It only delays our plans to continue remove the last of the leaves. We are hoping that it melts either Thursday or Friday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


When I look back at the 2014 season, I am thankful for many things. One of them is the staff for the Grounds Department! Without their hard work and dedication, the course would never play and look as good as it did this year. In this picture, you can see the 2nd Annual end of season Pig Roast! Once again, I realize they are not just good greenkeepers but great eaters!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Golf Course Update

With all this usually warm weather, we spent some time rebuilding the bunker face on the practice hole. In the two years since the last time we did it, the face had accumulated close to 1 foot of sand! The sand comes from all the practice swings. So, we remove the grass and sand buildup to return the bunker back to it's original shape and height. We are also adding some fine fescue to the edge of the fairway bunkers on #5.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Golf Course Update

Today, we experienced the first hard frost of the year. I had to keep the course closed to play until 10:00am. As for golf course maintenance, we have been bust edging the bunkers on 5, 14, 11, 13, 15 and 4. We have also been aerifying the rough between the tees and fairways. Next week we are planning to do some sodding in the rough and continue leaf clean up. I hope everyone enjoys Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Golf Course Update

After 1.3 inches of rain over the last 36 hours, the sun has returned! We are still wet in lower areas but carts are allowed today. I would ask that you please stay on the high side of the hole where you can. In the mean time, we are busy prepping the course for today and for tomorrow's Oktoberfest tournament. Hopefully we will see you either today or tomorrow.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Range Tee Update

After almost 3 months, the new bermuda grass on one half of the range tee is still holding up well. As some of you might know, bermuda goes dormant when the temperature get colder.  When it stops growing, it can not recover from divots. I think this will happen within in the next few weeks. To help get a few more time out of the tee, we are overseeding the tee with ryegrass. If all goes well, as the bermuda goes dormant, the ryegrass will germinate. In the spring, the ryegrass will die off and the bermuda will take over. I will post more updates in the near future regarding our overseeding project.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Golf Course Update

It has been a busy couple weeks since my last post. We have spent the the time aerifying tees and approaches again, establishing more fescue in the native areas, planting trees and seeding the rough. We also just trimmed some pine trees along West Chester Pike, the two sycamore by the putting green and center circle and spruces by 2 tee.
The next few weeks will feature some bunker edging, more tree trimming and topdressing tees and approaches. It seems we might seeing the trees drop their leaves about ten day earlier than normal. I hope to see you on the course!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PGA Section Championship

As most of you know, we have been very busy with tournaments over the last 7 days. We were able to have a successful Member-Member Championship last Friday and Saturday despite the rain. We had to get right back at prepping the course for the PGA Section Championship that started with a Pro-Amateur on Monday followed by three days of stroke play. Today marks the final round. I very happy to say that many participates have told me how much they love the course and the new clubhouse. It has been just a great event and Llanerch members should be very proud of their club!