Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Range Tee Update

Yesterday, we finished sodding the range tee with 9,000 square feet of Latitude 36 bermuda grass. The sod was a little dry from the over 2 hour drive from the Maryland sod farm but looks good! We will let it "nit in" for a about 8 days and then we will start to mow and aerify it. We are hoping to be open by August first, depending on weather. The left side of the range will still be open for practice.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Range Tee Update

Yesterday, we started to strip out 9,000 square feet of bentgrass from the right side of the range tee. The grass will be replaced with the newest and most cold tolerant bermuda grass call Latitude 36. All our research points to this grass being a better turf to use on the range. It heals from divots faster and does not require us to seed the divots. It heals in an aggressive vegetative way opposed to being from seed. We are sodding the tee this morning. If the weather stay some what warm, we hope to have the sod open for play by August 1st. More updates later.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Golf Course Update

I don't have to remind you that it has been very hot for the last 24 hours. We have said it before but needs to be said again...we do not roll greens when we experience weather over 92 degrees. We have seen the greens react in a negative fashion upon rolling with high temperatures. We will start rolling again once we see a dip in temperatures. Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ball Marks

As you can see in this picture, ball marks are on the rise. Everyone has been great this year fixing their ball marks (and some that were not theirs)! I appreciate the collective effort so far to stop this issue. Fixing them results in healthier turf, smoother putting surface and reduces the chances that poa annua will establish itself on the greens. If you have questions on how to best fix them, please ask the Golf Staff or myself. Thanks for the help!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Golf Course Update

As we move from May into June, temperature started to finally get hot. Looks like that we be short lived as we had a quick storm come in last night and lower both the temperature and humidity. We are using today to concentrating on smoothing and leveling out the sand in the bunkers. Dan, Llanerch's horticulturist, is spending time adding some more plants to the vertical garden on #18. Depending on the weather, we will start to topdress approaches later this week. Hope to see you out on the course!  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Parking Lots

Today, we had a contractor start the process of sealing the parking lots by the practice hole, pool and tennis. They will apply 2 layers and an extra layer on high traffic areas. They will come back at night and re-striping all the parking spaces. These lots will be closed to parking until at least tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for your patience.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Stand them Up!

We have spent the last few days verticutting the bentgrass fairways. This is a mechanical process where we run small circular blades through the turf canopy. That makes the turf "stand up". Then we cut that  grass on the fairways.This produces a "tighter" lie for the ball. It also is benefits the overall health of the plant. So the next time your playing and you see "lines" in the fairways, you will know why.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Golf Course Update!

Llanerch received 6.3 inches of rain! We have seen over 70% of the bunkers washed out. We are working now to redistribute sand in the bunkers, cleanup mulch piles and pick up debris by creeks and ponds. This is the second time in less then 3 years we have had a storm with over 6 inches of rain. What used to be every 50 or 100 years is becoming every 3-5 years!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Let us welcome Zeus

I would like to introduce Llanerch's newest staff member Zeus. He is our geese chase dog. I will have more information about Zeus coming soon!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golf Course Update

Yesterday, we received 1.5 inches of rain! The course weathered the storm very well! We had almost no washouts of sand in the bunkers! We had some standing water in a couple of fairways but drained enough to get carts out around 11:45am. The bigger surprise is just how cold it is outside. We were at 28 degrees this morning with a wind chill of 20 degrees! Looks like we will have some cold morning for the next few days. If you are planning to come out and play early, don't be surprised by a frost delay. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that we can say "goodbye" to frost and "hello" to a warm dry spring!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Today, we are preparing for heavy rains over the next 24-36 hours. We are racing to mow everything today in the case it is too wet tomorrow. We are also spreading sand on lower areas of the fairways to help them drain faster. The staff will be taking a blacktop tamping machine to some of the bunkers to pack the sand down. This can reduce the severity of the sand "washing out" from heavy rain.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Golf Course Update

Finally! The sun has come out and it is starting to warm up! We are aerifying and topdressing greens and will reopen the course tomorrow. We are also cleaning out and raking all the bunkers, mowing fairways and tees. Yesterday we rolled and mowed greens. We are hoping to finish the last of the storm tree damage clean up by tomorrow. More updates to follow! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

What?!?!?!? A St Patrick's Snow?!?!?

This is a picture of the new patio off 18 green taken a hour ago! I am just speechless about this weather. I just went outside and measure 2.5 inches of snow! We will have to wait until the snow melts before we can continue cleaning up from all the other damage from the guessed it...snow. The other picture is obviously a 4 leaf clover that will hopefully give us some good luck when it comes to getting some warm weather! Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!                                                                              

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Golf Course Update Range is Open!

Yes, you read that right. The Range is open today! We spent a few hours removing snow from around the ball containers and parking lot so we could open. The snow is melting throughout the course as we speak. The departing snow has revealed more clean up for us but we are just happy to see it go!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Golf Course Update

As of this Monday, large areas of snow melted but we still have large areas with snow on it. I am hoping that by later this week, the snow will all but be gone. We are still cutting up branches, chipping branches and raking up pine needles. We will continue with that type of work until the snow clears up. I will be posting more updates on the course all this week.