Sunday, April 29, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sod is here!
Green side up,
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
We are putting some work into the cart path edges. We don't like to do this type of work too often, as some of the path edges are deteriorating, but we are past due. I really enjoy the look that the clean edge gives. We will come back through after they are cleaned up and spray some pre-emergent herbicide to keep the weeds down.
I also have some terrible news....soon, there will be no more relief given from one white bunker. We hope to have sand in it today and then we will run a plate compactor over it.
The bunker is almost done, how did the Olympic Club do it so fast?
It is starting to drizzle,
Sunday, April 22, 2012
At Briar Ridge, you may notice some bluebird boxes on the course. We currently have three active bluebird nests and on any given day you can see the most wonderful powder blue color flitting in the trees. There is also several hollowed out branches that the bluebirds call home. If you ever see a dead branch that is not posing a safety hazard, it may be left in place intentionally to provide a cavity for these creatures.
The golf course is a unique place that can provide a community many benefits of "green space."
We have come along way from the days of the "silent spring."
Hugging a tree,
Friday, April 20, 2012
The machine operator was wearing safety glasses as instructed and avoided injury to his eyes. The operator also did a good job of removing the machine to the rough.
Friday, April 13, 2012
The photo below is what we call a "sticker.". Sometimes the irrigation heads "stick" and they run for several hours. This "sticker" is on three blue. The good new is that it is so dry, the ground we absorb this water in no time at all.
Also featured in a photo is the natural aging of drain pipes, we cut this one open to see why it was not functioning. What we found was a pipe filled with dirt and rock. This one may be beyond the point of cleaning, depending on the amount of root mass inside.
Aesthetically, the golf course is brown, and some would say ugly. The USGA, GCSAA, and the PGA, have engaged in sustainability and playability efforts to promote the idea that "fast and firm," is how golf courses should play. The "fast and firm" supporters fail to realize that in areas of the country such as ours, "fast and firm" during the summer months will become "brown and dead."
Cool nighttime temps and mild high temps in the afternoon, allow me to keep the course more dry, and stress these areas. Mid-summer conditions of high sunlight intensity and long hot periods with little cool-down, do not offer this same luxury of stressing the turf.
While I support judicial water use and a new standard to support sustainability, we have a long way to go in educating the golfer and general public of what is rational, and what is fairy tale.
If you are like me, an enjoy firm and fast conditions, enjoy this wonderful spring, you never know how long it will last.
Bump and run,
Thursday, April 12, 2012
We do not have any of the green stakes out for traffic control. I really don't like signs, ropes, stakes, and the like, and I would prefer to not yuck up the landscape with such foolishness if I don't have to. That said, please refrain from driving and parking carts on any mounds, especially around greens and tees. Please keep all four tires on the cart path in these areas as well. Your cooperation helps us to maintain a great product.
Thanks in advance,
P.S. no, I won't tell you who drove the carts in the photos, it's my secret.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I hope these girls walked away with a new appreciation for golf and golf courses. I hope they may even take up the game, if nothing else, but to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
We will open the red as we catch up on course work. Keeping one nine closed allows us to work more efficiently. Once play begins to increase, we will open all the courses.
Another question is bathrooms. We will open bathrooms when we can be certain our nighttime temps will not dip below freezing. Historically, we will not experience nightly freezes into the third week of April.
Have a peace filled week,