Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Caddie week continued

Caddie tip of the day

Walking vs riding

The game of golf was built on the foundation of walking and carrying your clubs.  In the 16th century, the term "caddie" was coined by Mary, Queen of Scots, after the cadets were assigned to carry the golf clubs for royalty.  Today, you see golfers on TV carefully planning their round with their caddie and working together as a team.  The Caddie Program at Briar Ridge gives you the opportunity to join up with a caddie to enjoy the game as it was originally intended.  Taking a caddie also has Heath benefits, you will walk approximately 6 miles during your round, which is great exercise.  

Play golf, take a caddie, and get in your daily exercise; the trifecta!

Mark Swinford, PGA
Briar Ridge Country Club

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Caddie week

This week "The World of Turf" is dedicating to our caddie program.  We will be blogging information, updates, and FAQ's.  Thanks to Mark Swinford, PGA Professional for his contributions.

Golf with a Caddie

Thank you to those who used a caddie this past weekend!  While it was their first loop, we are well on our way to developing a successful and professional caddie program at Briar Ridge.  This week's tip:  Complete the Caddie Evaluation.  This program is only as strong as the feedback we receive from you, so please take the time to make your suggestions known.  Caddie evaluations can be found in the golf shop, or for the more advanced golfer we have a form for your phone; click this link and save the page to your home screen.  This link is a simple to use form.  Just fill it out and hit submit!

Mark Swinford, PGA
Briar Ridge Country Club

Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wet paint and worms

Spring has sprung, sort of...
We are still busy making some final touches and cleaning up the place. Scatter in the mix mowing turf a few times a week, and we have a full plate. Cutting down ornamental grasses, spring fertilizer and chemical applications, and Mother Nature still insists on showing us she is the boss!
Mr. Dean is doing a fine job on these directional signs, good work. Check out the before and after.
He needs a 70's puffy hairdo and he could be the guy who paints happy trees!
Happy Friday,

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

The forecast looks good for the weekend!
Little mole is driving me nuts!
Blue nine will open next Thursday.
Have a Blessed weekend,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April winter

A golf green in April looks pretty cool, but is a huge bummer at the same time.
Green grass is poking through and this weekend looks pretty good for golf.
The clubhouse is still taking reservations for Sunday, hourly seatings available.
Easter brunch at Briar is incredible,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Winter woes for the homeowner

Winters like the one we just experienced in 2013-14, have lasting effects on the environment and structures. One phenomenon that takes place is the destruction from freeze thaw cycles. Just like a can of soda bursting in your freezer, water freezing creates pressure on our streets, pipes, patios, and a number of infrastructure.
Plants also experience stress from this cycle. Here is a photo of a tree that has been damaged. Crotches of trees is a common place to see the damage. While you are doing a tour of your property this spring, be sure to check on your trees.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Course opening / why I don't like geese

The time has come, golf season is upon us! We are opening up 18 holes for the weekend. The rain has left us saturated, so we will be carts on paths only. We are excited to show off some of our winter work.
You will notice clearing and raising of trees. We have opened up some wonderful views of this gorgeous property. Many of the views were "hidden" and we simply made them visible. Nine red, four red, seven white, one red, and the clubhouse are the most significant works.
I have had a tough week. As if the modern technology glitches (blogs that were private emails, old blogs being published, my private information being sold overseas, and a small extinguishable fire ) weren't enough, some geese decided to make two blue green and collar their main nutritional source. They ate the turf right down to the soil, but I believe there is enough vegetative material there to regenerate. We will be watching this closely and keeping play off of this nine for now.
The rains brought some green to the land!