Tee Sign Face Lift

Tee Signs Halfway Through Painting

Tee Signs Halfway Through Painting

The tee signs are almost finsihed from the last of the winter painting jobs. You can see the difference between fresh gold paint and the old gold paint.


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Out of Bounds

 

New Out of Bounds Stakes

New Out of Bounds Stakes

One winter project this year was the creation of the new Out of Bounds stakes. Previously the OB stakes were PVC that over time broke and was unable to mark line of sight to each pole. The new OB stakes are pressure trated 4 x4 and will provide a long term life of adding stokes to our scores.


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March 24th Aerification

The golfing season is just around the corner and the time for spring fertilizers, herbicides, and aerifications are on the horzion. Our first aerification is schduled for March 24th, a one day aerification with a smaller tine. When temperatures warm we are able to utlize a larger tine when growing conditons heal faster.

This first aerification will have a two part system to it, unlike the previous years. On March 17th, the Monday prior to our aerification, an outside compnay will be coming in to do a deep tine aerification on the greens. A deep tine aerification is a solid tine aerification (not pulling a core and no sand) with a 12″ tine versus our standard 3-5″ length tines. These deep tines prenetrate through the entire mix of the green breaking tension in the soil and allowing water to pass all through the green freely. This process is typically performed yearly after greens reach a certain maturyity level and helps prolong the life of a green. The deep tine aerification is a minium disruptive procedure and will not be noticeable after the March 24th aerification. The tine spacing or aera between each hole is 3″x 3″ where normal aerifiations are 1″ or less. The aerifier also has a roller attached on the back which will roll the surface smooth after the aerification ready for play.

Deep Tine Aerification Holes

Deep Tine Aerification Holes

Deep Tine Aerifier

Deep Tine Aerifier

 The 2014 Aerification is as follows:

May 5th/6th

September 15th/16th

*These two day aerifications are the same as always. Given good weather and the process is completed, we reopen the course on the second day around noon.

 

 

 


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Rasing Tree Canopies

One of the golf course maintenance staff’s winter projects was to elevate the mature tree canopies around the golf course. To my knowledge this has never been done on these 30-40 year old trees. We have rented a cherry picker lift and currently cut through hole 6. We are looking to finish the front 9 next week and hit a few key areas around the back 9 before the rental term is complete.

There has been some areas damaged from the tires of the lift and we will be repairing the tire tracks with soil and seed to regrow.  

Cluster of Trees Right of #6 Green

Cluster of Trees Right of #6 Green

 

Hole #6

Hole #6

 

Hole #5

Hole #5


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Winter Weeds Cleanup

Every year it has been a constant battle trying to eradicate the left over Poa annua and ryegrass on the course from overseeding for 35 years. This year we are close to achieving that goal of 100% clean of winter weeds. So far this year very minimal winter weeds have germinated and at this time we invested in a more valuable chemical to attack the rogue weeds. Using the same chemical mode of actions year in and year out to attack weeds sometimes leads to resistance, just as humans develop resistance to medications when continually used. This new mode of action should finally give us the final kill we have been looking for and begin developing healthier turf with the less competition for water, sunlight, and nutrients from the weeds.

Spraying for Winter Weeds

Spraying for Winter Weeds

Our staff will continue to rotate the chemical mode of actions every other year to ensure any new emerging weeds do not develop resistance for the years to come.

 


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Leaf Season is Coming to an End

This years leaf season has been a busy one, but a short one. We frequently had several storms to come through this fall removing a lot of leaves at one time making it a big inconvenience to make the course playable. The staff has worked hard to remove as many leaves as possible at one time and luckily we are now coming to an end for the year. Roughly 95% of all the leaves are on the ground and blew off the course or mulched into little pieces.

Mulching Leaves

Mulching Leaves

With the leaf season behind us we will now begin concentrating on our winter projects.  To list a few for this year includes: raising the tree canopies in the tree lines, creating a shoe cleaner station with air hoses for golfers finishing their round, painting tee markers/ballwashers/water coolers/cart exit posts/tee signage and creating a new Out of Bounds stake perimeter with more durable materials.


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Frost and Freeze Delays

We are reaching that time of year when frost and freeze delays determine the first tee time on the golf course. Opening the course for play too early will negatively impact the health of the greens. When a sunny, warm day is upon us, a delay makes it harder for golfers to understand why greens can still be frosted or frozen or why delays is still in effect after the frost or freeze delay has expired.  Below are a few of the most commonly asked questions about a frost or freeze delay.

Why does frost cause a problem?

Frost basically is frozen dew on the plant and forms when temperatures are near or below freezing. The ice crystals that form on the outside of the plant also form inside the plant’s cell structure making the plant very brittle. When the plant is crushed the cells in the plant are also crushed destroying its ability to function normally.

How can a footprint kill?

When a footprint is made on a frosted plant the ice crystals in the plant collapse and later in the day the footprints become evident. After the damage has occurred the result can last for several months with dead turfgrass and a path of brown footprints.

What is freeze delay?

A freeze delay occurs when temperatures dip below the freezing point and results in the entire green freezing solid.

How can a freeze delay damage?

The greatest damage occurs to turf during the thawing period when the top layer of soil thaws and a frozen layer remains deeper in the soil. The thawed layer will be saturated with water and becomes spongy. Walking on the turf with this condition will cause footprints and can cause the turf to become uneven. Severe turf damage can result from shearing off the roots as the turf moves above the frozen layer. This damage will result in weaker turf in the spring when conditions are favorable to grow.

It is difficult to explain why thawing greens should not be played on during a warm sunny day following very cold weather. Golfers are eager to return to the course on the nice days following long periods of cold weather. All greens usually do not thaw at the same time and shaded greens are last to thaw. Shaded greens are more difficult to predict. If a shaded green happens to be one of the first holes of a nine, delay times will be longer, even when the later holes have already thawed.

Why are we still delayed after the frost and frozen greens have thawed?

After a delay has expired there is still time needed for the golf course maintenance staff to perform the daily jobs like mowing greens, setting up the hole locations, and raking bunkers, and having enough head start to stay ahead of the first tee time is crucial.


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