Monday, September 8, 2014

Ballmarks

Over the weekend I have noticed a lot of ball marks that have been "repaired" incorrectly, The way they are being repaired is actually worse then leaving them alone.  The last 3 mowings the staff has been spending a lot of extra time repairing the repaired ball marks before mowing the greens.  The problem is many different issues.  One being the ball mark tool is not being used properly and leaving the turf tore up which causing scalping after mowing if we do not repair beforehand. Also leaves a huge bump in the green that will greatly affect putting.  I have added a video, I made a few years ago to demonstrate the proper way to repair a ball mark at Hawks Landing




In this photos you can see the tool marks all around the ball mark and that the center has not been pushed together or even smoothed after. This ball mark is about a .25" above the putting surface












This photo shows what can happen after mowing the green if we do not repair the repaired mark.  a lot of scalping damage resulted in going over the ball mark.  Actually in most cases this would have been better had left alone


We appreciate the efforts that the Members are taking pride in the golf course, it is very evident in the amount of divots being filled on the course too, this is why I am re-posting the video on repairing ball marks on the course too help everyone have the knowledge and expertise to take care of the course in the best possible way.  Thank you for your understanding, effect and time you are spending making the course better for everyone to enjoy.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Update

Been awhile but since its pouring out right now I might as well update you on what we have planned for the  golf course in the upcoming weeks.  Overall, considering that we have had 5 inches of rain in the last 2 .5 weeks the course is in fine shape.  Its very tough to loose days due to rain  get so backed up on the mowing.  Especially, when the bunkers wash out, this job is so demanding and takes the crew away from mowing. Add to the fact that our crew size is much smaller now that we lost 4 kids to high school and college for the rest of the year.  In the warm humid wet condition the grass grows very fast which leads to clippings on the golf course.  Its tough seeing a messy course at times, we try to do everything possible to reduce the amount of clippings but its very hard to do at times when we have to work with play and extra attention and crew pushing sand in the bunkers. We try to balance everything out the best we can.

This is the time of the year that we will pay attention to the turf and prepare for winter and next year.  This year we are addressing some extra organic matter that has developed on the tees, approaches and a few greens.  We have just about completed the core aeration of the tees and will be starting to core aerate the approaches next.  We have made some great progress in the approaches condition on the course.  I will not be core aerating all the greens this fall, but there are 6 greens that will be core aerifed.  5,6,7,8,12,13.  These greens hold more moisture in the top few inches and are much softer then the rest.  I will be removing a very small core from the greens and then backfill with topdressing sand.  As far as a timetable on this it is looking like the green work will be done the first week in October considering the fact that we still have not completed the tees or even started the approaches due to the fact that we had had many rain outs over the last few weeks.  

As far as any other work that we will be working on this fall.  I would really like to smooth out the drains in the fairway as we did to the approach drains last fall.  Many of the drains are broken down and need repair work.  I would also like to address the few bunkers that continue to hold water after heavy rains.  12,18,7 greens bunkers will have to have the sand removed and the drainage will need to be repaired.

I am also spraying for broadleaf weeds in the fescue right now.  Fall is a great time to control many weeds we continue to make very good progress in our fescue areas and will continue to work on improving the quality in the future.  I will start mowing down the fescue in the upcoming weeks.  As soon as we have an extended dry period to reduce the amount of clipping we we start mowing.  The goal would be to mow everything 2 times before winter.

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the golf course this summer we have had some outstanding conditions this year, it is very tough to end the year like this. This is suppose to be a dry time of the but the weather this year sure is unpredictable that is for sure.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Update 8/8/14

A much needed rain this week especially since we have not had a drop most of July the last rain was recorded on July 8th receiving only a 1/2 inch. Mondays rain was only .4 inches but still happy that we got a least a little, looks like it will remain great golfing weather through the weekend again. The golf course is a very good shape right now and I hope that you are able to get in a round this weekend.

We have had a pretty good week of work also on the course.  This week we started to address some of the "puffy" turf on the maroon tees by lightly verticutting them,
we also verticut the greens and approaches this week.  Next week we will veritcut the tees and approaches again along with a nice topdressing on the greens and approaches.  This will be the first step in the process of trying to get these area firmer.  I plan on starting to core aerating the maroon, white and some approaches in the upcoming weeks.  I feel that we need to be fairly aggressive on the tees this year in getting the organic matter under control.  We have also made considerable progress on the bunkers.  We have been through all the greens bunkers and have added or removed sand if needed.  With all the compliments that I have been getting this week about the bunkers I think we are getting the bunkers back to where they should be.  We are also edging the bunkers we have completed most of the greens bunkers and will continue next week.

Overall, we are making good progress and moving in the right direction we have some issues that we need to address moving into the fall but nothing to be too worried nervous about at this time.  I hope that you have enjoyed many good rounds of golf so far this year

Neil





  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Update

A nice round of weather for everyone lately. We have been making great progress on addressing the bunkers.  We have been adding sand to the greens side bunkers as needed and today we started to edge a few bunkers.  We also have been checking depths and moving sand in the fairway
bunkers as well.

The golf course is really in fine shape.  We are on the dry side but I do not think you could ask for any better days then we have had over the last few weeks to play golf.  So far we have not even seen day over 90 this year.  The only real issues that I am currently dealing with is the fact that the tees will need verti-cut and aerifed soon.  Especially the maroons and white tees they do not see the foot traffic and tend to get very puffy every year.  Over the next few weeks we will be working on this.  We also have an issue with the middle waterfall pump system, the motor has a bad bearing and we will need to replace the motor in the future.  The way the waterfall works only the lower falls can run on its own.  I will need to keep the upper and middle waterfall off until the motor is replaced.

If you are playing today you will see that I painted the lip of the cup on the back nine greens this morning.  I did this as a test run for the club championship.  I will not be painting the lips on a daily basis but we will for special events.

This weekend is the Club Championship already we have been working a a few detail projects to have the golf course in fine shape,  We did double cut the greens the last 2 days in order to keep the growth in check.  There is a perception that we "trick up" the course for the event that is not completely true. We do not work on many projects this week other then extra detail work and we make our best effort to keep the course firm and roll the greens as needed but nothing really out of the ordinary.  In the past the weather has been very good the entire week leading up to the weekend as in this year.  The attention to detail and proper planning will in most cases lead to a great course for the Club Championship. In contrast to weeks that we do not have a major event I may not focus so much of the staff in working on the extra touches.  I am sure that you have noticed this over the last week the greens staff is doing a great job and they are just as excited for the Club Championship as you are. I hope that everyone will enjoy the golf course this weekend and that you play well.  The parking spot is up for grabs and I hope that you will get a spot this year.

Neil



















Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Update 7/15/14

Finally have some time that does not include pushing bunkers after rains and we are taking full advantage of this great weather to work on some detail projects.

We started to edge a few green side bunkers, add sand to bunkers and worked on adding mulch around some trees all in the last 2 days.  We also topdressed all the greens and approaches yesterday.  Topdressing is very important especially in the weather pattern we have been stuck in lately.  The turf grows very rapidly in the warm humid weather we have been having  and produces a lot of organic matter. This should be matched with sand to help dilute the organic matter. Topdressing helps keep the surface firm and help reducing excess thatch development.  This can be seen and felt in the softness of the tees especially the maroon and white tees.  Ideally, we would also topdress the tees but it is not in the budget to do so, and is also the main reason we will core aerate the tees in the spring and early fall.  My plans will be to topdress next week again on Monday and then we may move to applications every 2 weeks for the rest of the summer. Today, the greens really felt good and are very smooth.   The rough has been mowed up to 3 times per week over the last few weeks.  I know that we have had some excess clippings laying around, we have been doing our best to keep things as tidy as possible.

I sure hope that you are enjoying this polar vortex as much as the turf is.  The reduce stress on the turf is better for me that is for sure.



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