Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Next sport

Preparations are under way for the next season of recreation at BRCC.
Now, wind stay away.
Need some cold weather,

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Open on temporary greens only

Looks like old man winter finally found his way to Northwest Indiana.
We have put the greens to bed for the season. The photos show the application of sand, a final topdressing for 2012. The grass will now be dormant until spring when we will count growing degree days to predict the return of growth to the plants.
The turf is closed to winter play as frozen root zones could result in damage to the surfaces. Today, we will be shooting a video to examine the reasons why we close the regular greens. Look for this to come out later this week.
The temporaries are located on the original back nine, 1 and 9 white, 1 blue, 4-9 blue.
Seven shopping days left,

Monday, December 10, 2012

One more week

Forecast is not quite wintertime-like yet.
We will keep greens open one more week.
If the lows dip below freezing, expect long delays as we wait for surfaces to thaw.
No more excuses....get that tree up! We are two weeks and counting.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Final weekend for regular greens

Looks like winter may finally be here. We will leave the regular greens in-play through the weekend. Come Monday, we will be open on temporaries only.
Expect late starts this weekend, possibly 10:00am.
But get to the club in time for an Irish coffee, perfect in weather like this. I hear they are awesome.
Thanks for a great season!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The incredible shrinking green

Our greens have shrunk! Not from washing with hot water, but from a few years of the greens mower operator being too careful.
When the operator mows the final pass along the outside edge of the green, they must follow the edge perfect. If they veer outside the edge, they will scalp the taller turf that makes up the collar. If the operator stays too far inside the green, some of the turf that should be maintained at green height is not cut, a few days is all it takes for this "new edge" to appear as the correct boundary of the green.
The effort to maintain a "pretty" edge, is more conservative on the operators part. This is all my fault. The boss (me), tends to not like scalped areas.
This is the perfect time of year to "reclaim" these areas. You will notice yellow paint defining the new edge of the green. We will pick up a few awesome pin locations that I am excited about.
Now if I could do something about my shrinking attention span.