Monday, April 20, 2015

update

The golf season is progressing very well and we are off to a great start.  Most of our training of the new staff is complete still a few kinks to work out but overall I am very impressed with the staff this year.

We received just about .70 last night and this morning.  I did have a lot of work planned out for today but this light soaking rain will really help, we were pretty dry in spots.

We are starting to get into a more normal schedule of taking care of the course. with the projects just about wrapped up.  We have one major irrigation break that is in need of repair on 18 tee and will work on that soon.  We completed the conversion of the rough and bentgrass around the "new" tee at 16 marron seeding to fescue on friday last week.  I also converted around 25 full circle irrigation heads to adjustable arch irrigation heads that can be precisely adjusted to water just what we want.  We are to the point now that we will be moving the actual irrigation heads in the future to reduce any additional water into the fescue. There are around 20 heads that could be moved on the course that we will start working on in the fall.  We did remove around 20 heads from the back nine and still have another 15 or so on the front nine remove in the future.  This job is much easier to do when the water is off in the spring and fall.

Overall, the course is a fine shape,  I planned on topdressing the greens and approaches today but the rain has changed the plans for this.  Weather permitting we will topdress tomorrow.  I will also be mowing down any remaining fescue areas that did not get mowed last fall.  We will start spraying the fescue to control undesirable grasses over the next few weeks.  This is very dependant on wind and this week does not look very good to make any applications.

We do have one problem on the waterfall that is in the process of being looked at, a bearing is bad on the middle waterfall and this motor needs to be replaced the motor will not run.  I also have a major problem with one of our irrigation pumps. The pump is in the shop for a major overhaul right now.  We are basically down to half the pumping capacity with the irrigation system not a problem right now and nothing to worry about but a very costly repair.  We will do our best to get the waterfall working soon but will take some time.

I hope that you have enjoyed a few good rounds of golf.

Neil


Thursday, April 9, 2015

update 4/9/15

We have been wanting some rain but over the last 2 days we have received nearly 2 inches.  The one problem we were having even this week was there was still some frost in the ground.  A few irrigation heads suffered some damage and need to be replaced because of traffic over it while encased in ice.  This situation is new to me.  I am sure that you have seen a lot of digging going on on the back nine.  Some are problems some are not.  We are harvesting some irrigation heads that are no longer in use.  Having a abandon head out there complicates our irrigation blowouts and is pointless having it just sitting there. It does amaze me we mowed all the areas where the sprinklers are being removed.  Some of the sprinklers can not be removed because of pipe issues but we will remove as many as we can.  I do have some big pipe problems going on right now on the course that we are working on repairing.  I am very puzzled as to why this has happened but nothing we can do except repair the problem.

Yesterdays heavy storms was a good test for the first time we have 2 bunker rakes.  We were able to get the bunkers completed in one day.

Overall the golf course is in fine shape, we have yet to mow the tees or any rough planned on doing that today but the golf course is very wet right now. The greens are being mowed every other day at a height much higher then our normal height of cut.  I will slowly bring the height down to our "normal height"

We have a few new staff members on the crew this year.  Proper training is the key to a great operation and takes a lot of time to get everyone trained.  This week was to be the week for this to be done but have lost a lot of days to a overly wet course.

I hope that you have had the chance to play a few rounds the course is in good shape we have a lot to do to get the irrigation up and running but will be a thing of the past soon enough.  The one good thing these rains will do is really jump start the growing process and we will be in full swing before we know it.

Neil

Friday, April 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Update 3/24/15

A beautiful picture of the golf course this morning only if it were taken in December!!  Like they all say we live in Wisconsin and can expect a snow storm in mid to late March.  This does put a damper on opening the front nine for tomorrow as planned.  I do not think we will be able to open the front nine now until monday or tuesday next week.  It will be day by day but the low temperatures forecasted at night will not help matters. On the plus side with the snow we were very dry, the entire state is in the early stages of a drought right now,  we had to water our sod that we put down late last year.  Usually, any sod work done in the fall should not need watered right away in the spring.
We will need to really keep on eye on these areas in the upcoming weeks so that to not dry out.  The moisture right now will not cure the drought but will help a little bit.  In the next few weeks we will be solid tining many areas in the fairways that tend to dry out to help allow water to get into the rootzone. For some reason, I feel this will be a dry summer and anything we do now will pay off when it starts to dry out.

We have most of our core staff back and everyone is off to a good start.  I am sure you will recognize most of the staff, since they have been with us for many years. We  were able to get a lot of work done on the back nine of the golf course.  We now have 2 powerd bunker rake machines, having 2 really expedited the bunker operation.  We were able to get all the bunkers back in great shape last week, A friendly reminder to all please put the bunker rakes back inside the bunker after you rake out your footprints.  The staff spent close to 40 hours moving sand in the bunkers by saturday morning 1 day after opening rakes were everywhere and some bunkers not even raked. I know I say the same thing every year but after the first day of play.  As a member please help out educating your guests and even the public players that you may see not following the proper rules we have.  This will only make your round more enjoyable.

Overall, the course is in great shape this spring I will be watching out for snow mold development now due to the cooler and wet weather this week but this should not be a big concern.  I am not sure when we will be able to open the course back up again please keep in touch with my twitter post @hawksnr or our hawks landing website.

See you all back very soon.

Neil

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Update and Opening Day

We are getting closer to the start of the 2015 golf season by the day.  The status of the golf course is most of the frost is gone from the ground.  There is some frost mainly on the front nine.  I have rolled greens and mowed the fairways, but on the back nine only.  This is leading up to my decision to open the back nine only Friday with tee times starting at 12.  We will also have the range open on friday as well.  Plans were to open the range yesterday but we were not ready.  As of today the front nine will not open until next week and will wait till then  to start any mowing or rolling on the front nine.

 Over the last 4 days we have been putting out all the golf supplies, today I have most of our full time staff starting work.  I have a good day of safety training that all employees attend comprising of all aspects of a safe working environment.  Tomorrow, we will be able to have the entire crew working on course clean up.  I would like to roll all the greens, tees and mow the fairways one more time before opening on friday.  I am at this point not planning on mowing the greens this week, that may change but not sure as of today.  The weather keeps changing by the day which makes planning right now a little difficult.

Overall, the golf course is in very good condition. I look forward to seeing you very soon



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