Spring is around the corner!

March is upon us and warmer weather is just around the corner. A friendly reminder to start off the golfing season: it is every golfers responsibility to fill your divots and repair your ball marks. This will be beneficial to the golfer behind you.

Also the GCM staff will be applying our preemergent application to the entire golf course tomorrow, so NO afternoon golf tomorrow. This will allow us to complete the entire course application, as well as reduce our chances of tracking  herbicide to undesired areas.




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Pond liner install

Our pond liner project wrapped up over the weekend, and we should see beneficial results immediately from the install. As of right now we refilled the pond and have not seen any evidence of leaks.  Below are pictures from the install process.




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Internship Summer 2016


2016 Summer Internship

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club

Hendersonville, TN

Course Type:     Private Membership

Number of Holes:  18

Annual Rounds:  18,000

Primary Grass:

Greens – A1/A4 Bentgrass

Tee, Fairways, Rough – Vamont, 419 Bermuda

Greens Surrounds – Zoysia

Tree Lines – Tall Fescue

Educational Requirements:    Currently enrolled in Turfgrass management program or related field of study.

Salary:                                        Competitive hourly wage + Overtime

Application Deadline:               Resumes by March, 1st 2016

Benefits:                                    Uniforms, Employee Meals, and Golf Privileges

Job Description:

Interns will work one on one with the superintendent and assistant learning how to properly calibrate and apply pesticides/fertilizers, operate all equipment, routine golf course set up, detailed bunker maintenance, and irrigation repair and maintenance. The primary focus of the internship will be the day to day operations that are required to successfully operate a private golf maintenance program, other activities will include aerification, basic mechanical operations, budgetary reviews, and leading small project crews. Candidates should possess a positive attitude, have a strong work ethic, detail oriented, and have the willingness to learn.

Course Information:

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club is a private member owned facility operated by Club Corp. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club was built in 1951 and designed by Robert Bruce Harris. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club has hosted many events such as, USGA 4-ball Qualifier, TGA State Amateur Qualifier.

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Pond Liner update

The recent bad weather has put a delay on the installation of the pond liner. If all goes as according to plan we should be finishing up right before Christmas.  Sorry for the delay, but will be well worth the wait. 




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Aerification and Overseeding

The GCM crew has been busy these last few weeks, we completed our last greens aerification for the year, Overseeded fairways, and mulched the course. 

We were able to reach our goal of impacting 20% surface area for the year, with our last aerification.  We removed 13.09 cubic feet per 1000sq.ft, and 6.5 percent surface area affected. Our greens are healing in well, and should be ready for club championship.

The ryegrass started germinating last week and is coming right along.  We will put our first cut on fairways this Thursday to get ready for the weekend.  Thank you for your patience and remaining on the cart path.

We have raised our heights on all of our Warm season grasses going into winter. This will allow more leaf surface area to photosynthesize and produce carbohydrates for storage going into dormancy.



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Driving Range Tee update

The weather has been playing a factor in our sod installation. We are pushed back a few more days due to rain that the sod farm is receiving west of us.  Hopefully by mid week we will be able to start laying sod on the driving range tee. 

Thanks for your patience. 

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Ryegrass Transition

I have had several questions, as well as complaints over our Fairways the last couple of days.  Transition is always the hardest to understand. “We have had perfect fairways with rye since last September, Whats wrong with our Fairways now?” Ryegrass is a cool season grass, and with the Hot weather over the past couple of weeks we have seen the natural transition to bermuda grass. Some spots are more thin than others, and for several reasons; competition between the rye and bermuda grass, winterkill damage from 2014, heavy traffic(landing areas) will also result in weak areas of bermuda.   Over the next month we will be making weekly Fertilizer applications to help encourage the Vamont to fill in any thin spots and to prepare for overseeding again in 6 weeks. The heat of the summer is here and will greatly help our Bermuda fill back in.  

The Par 3’s were not overseeded, if you would like to compare to that of our fairways now and what our fairways were in the winter, that might help to solve any misunderstanding.



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