Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.  Before you know it we will be back out playing golf.

It was nice seeing a big group at the holiday party last evening,  Thank you all for your nice compliments regarding the golf course and the work that we do.  It is a pleasure taking care of Hawks Landing for such a great group of members.

I have been very busy on the golf course the last few days,  I have completed clearing the creek on 9, 11/17 and 16.  I sprayed all these this fall and had very good control of the undesirable grasses.  I feel it is improtant to furure stress these grases by cutting them down to the ground,  I would suspect that the creeks will look very good next year.











We are also working very hard on the equipment maintenance,  side of things believe it or not this golf cart is 14 years old.



Neil

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Update 12/10

This will be the last update for the 2014 golf season looking back sure has been a great year.  I hope that everyone will have a safe and happy holidays and I look forward to seeing everyone at our Holiday party next week.

The weather over the last few weeks has been very nice almost too nice honestly,  I would much prefer to have the ground frozen and a nice coat of snow to protect the turf.  Right now the golf course is in very good shape we do have a little snow left on the course that will most likely melt after this weekend.  One thing that we will be watching out for is any standing water that may refreeze on the putting greens.  The approaches that we lowered over the last few years and this fall are working well.  You can see in the photo of 4 green that the water is running off the green. Ice formation right now will not be very good long term so we will remove any standing water after this weekend.




A winter project that I always try to do late in the year is clearing trees that are problematic.  This winter has been prefect weather to be outside.  I am taking full advantage of this and doing as much as possible.  The pond edges on 6,7,8 have been cleared, we are currently working on clearing both side of the creek going up 9 also
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I spent the last 3 days clearing around the pump house between 10/18.  We have a lot of brush yet to pick up but I plan on clearing everything out and seeding this area to fescue in the spring.  You will notice that I removed a few willows trees on the edge of the creek on 18,  I left 2 trees that will block the site line to the pump house but now you will have a nice look at the green from the left side of the fairway.

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I am also removing a lot of the dead cherry trees along the creek of 10.  There is also a nice line of site left of the fairway now.  I will continue to work my way thru the woods removing the dead trees.  I am not taking down any trees that are in good shape.




As you can tell we are certainly making some nice progress on the golf course that we would normally not be able to do in most winters.

Neil







Friday, December 5, 2014

Meet 3yr old Golf Prodigy Tommy Morrissey http://www.golfchannel.com/media/meet-3yr-old-golf-prodigy-tommy-morrissey/

Thursday, November 20, 2014

update 11/20

First off, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for my family and the support that they give me throughout the golf season.  You differently need an understanding wife when you work in the golf business.  She has heard it all from me over the years and doesn't bat an eye when I have to go back to work during the summer to check the course after a major storm or even to work late into the early morning hours. She may be used to it by now but still is very hard to be married to a Golf Course Superintendent.  This is the time of the year that I do spend some good quality time with my family considering all the holidays I miss during the golf season.

The golf course is closed right now and will remain closed thru the weekend.  I understand that we will have a few days that you could get out and play but due to the fact that the ground will start to thaw this could lead to considerable damage to the turf .  I do not mind with you were to play when the ground is frozen but not on thawing ground.  This is basically the same protocol that I use in the spring to determine when the course can open.  When the frost is out of the ground it is safe to play this will not happen over the next few days.


Neil






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