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!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aerification Day 3

We have finished aerifying fairways today.  We have some topdressing still to do on approaches and need to add some more fertilizer on greens tomorrow. That being all said, we are ahead of schedule enough that we are opening tomorrow at 11:00am with carts. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aerification Day 2

Any Golf Course Superintendent will tell you they prefer to aerify when its warm and dry. Well, today is very very dry! It puts in a position where we have to use more water than normal. As for warm....well its warm plus plus! We are already 88 degrees and approaching 90 before the end of the afternoon. We just have to adjust the amount of sand we use. So far, everything is going as planned. We will open the practice putting greens tomorrow. The range and practice are open today.

Monday, August 25, 2014


We started aerifying greens today. The holes are about "medium" in size. Over today and tomorrow, we will roll, topdress and broom the greens. Are goal is to fill in as many holes as possible to the surface. The more we can do that, the fast the greens heal. Tomorrow, we are slated to start aerifying the tees and approaches.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Golf Course Update

Where is Summer? It is crazy to see such low temperatures over the weekend. I was looking at last year's temperature records and notice that this time last year we were 7 degrees hotter! That might not sound like much but in agricultural terms, that is huge difference.

Today, we are fertilizing the greens to promote some growth before aerification next Tuesday. We are aerifying greens next Tuesday, fairways on Wednesday, tees and approaches on Thursday. This schedule will be all dependent on the weather and could change very quickly.

Friday, August 8, 2014

RangeTee Update

As of yesterday, we opened the range tee where we had planted bermuda grass! It is still a little "young" but has strong roots. We will be filling the divots with a sand mixture only. We do not use any kind of seed in the divot mixture. This is because bermuda grass grows vegetatively and will "spread" from the edges of the divot to heal. I hope everyone enjoys the playability of the new surface!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Golf Course Update

As you are playing the golf course, you might notice some of the native areas have been cut down. On holes 1,8,16 and 14 we started to prep the areas for applications of a herbicide. The herbicide will reduce the invasive common bermuda that has taken over in some spots. We made these same applications last year with some success. We feel that it might a couple more years of this program to eradicate it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Range and Course Update

The Course received 1.4 inches of rain last night! It was a little more than we wanted but we were glad to get it! We will not be able to mow any bentgrass today but will continue to cut the rough. As for the range, it is growing in quickly now. Last week's cooler than average night temperatures was a great for the greens but slowed the growth of the bermuda. But sunny skies and hot afternoons are big help! We mowed it today and I hope to have it open by Saturday as long as the weather cooperates.

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.