Monday, October 29, 2012
The greens on the course will remain open as long as they are free from regular freeze thaw cycles. Once the greens begin to freeze at night and only partially thaw during the day, we will move to temporary greens.
High winds! You may want to move patio furniture in if you haven't yet.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
We will allow carts to go off the path, to the ball and back to the path. The course is a little wet, but it looks like one of the last good golf days. Please be mindful of the conditions are drive with concern for the course.
We are blowing out the irrigation system, but we should be wrapping up early afternoon. We are doing our best with leaves, so I apologize for lost balls.
It's a beautiful day,
Monday, October 22, 2012
The water levels are still low as you can tell by the photo showing the bank. If it cools an we get the predicted rain, by the end of the week we should be able to view them regularly from the bridges.
We manage the golf course to protect the water quality of these streams and to protect the habitat of these creatures. These habitats are important sources for their survival, especially when we consider the current situation in the Great Lakes with the introduction of invasive species. The proliferation of the Asian carp could be devastating to this great natural resource. Many people are unaware of the magnitude of the fishery industry that exists in Lake Michigan. We do, and that is why we are so dedicated to the management practices that slow runoff, filter nutrients, and preserve water quality.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Photographed are two examples of voids, earthworm castings and divots. Other types of voids include ball marks and traffic damage. As long as their exists voids in the turf during more moderate weather, Northern courses will always contend with having poa / bentgrass surfaces despite the best efforts one can afford.
These may be fighting words for turf managers who don't believe in Darwin.
My inbox will be full of comments soon,
Thursday, October 18, 2012
We have also been busy cleaning up several areas like the one on the right and left of one red tee. The photo does not do the work justice, but the new look is amazing, and should help speed up play off the first tee.
Thanks to everyone for your support. The cards, phone calls, text messages, and yes, even a road trip, are much appreciated and more than I could have imagined.
You're the best,
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
It is really pretty out,
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The line that appears in the left of the photo is simply leaves that are caught in the ornamental grasses. The big story is in the really green healthy grass.
Friday, October 5, 2012
This will be the last weekend for the driving range tee on the grass. Next week we will go to the mat on the back of the range. The main reason for this is as soil temps dive, seed germination stops. We don't want to do any damage to the tee that won't repair itself.
The mat upgrade was a great addition this year and makes cool weather practice possible.
Time for hot cider,