Friday, May 29, 2015
I love trees, they are beautiful and amazing creatures.
Ever since humans have learned how to plant trees, we have made lots of goofy choices regarding this practice.
Golf is a great example.
This is the time of year that trees are fertile, and with that comes the absolute downpour of flowers and flowering structures of trees. Here at Briar, we are spending an incredible amount of labor dealing with this issue. The morning dew works like glue to stick the debris on the rollers of our precision mowing equipment. After one pass, a machine that was meant to cut off .020" of a grass plant for a height of .125" is now mowing no where near the target.
The result, shaggy greens that are slow.
We have gone to rolling in the am, to remove the dew, and then mowing in the afternoon when they are dry. I apologize if you see the mowers out in the afternoons, no, I haven't lost my mind, I am trying to outwit Mother Nature.
Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience, we are trying to provide the best surface for you and your guests.
We appreciate your understanding.
Have a nice two putt,
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Today, the horse race is scheduled at 2:30pm. The horse race is much like our shootout at the presidents cup. If you want to have a cocktail and watch some players choke under the pressure of playing with a gallery, this is your oppurtunity. These events are great to follow along and watch, I promise some good laughs!
Have a great holiday weekend,
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Of the 90 pieces, this machine is my favorite. This machine was the first cultural practice machine that I put on the greens. This little gem is the reason we were able to restore the putting greens here at Briar. Armed with vertical blades, I can wage war on thatch. Excessive thatch will make a surface spongy and puffy.
We are using this machine in the approaches to help firm these surfaces up.
Golf is more fun when the contours of a course make shots interesting.
As we work this year to firm these areas up, we hope you enjoy how this practice changes the game.
Fairways are next, but I'm gonna need a bigger knife,
Friday, May 15, 2015
On to a better buzz......
The humming of golf course equipment. We have received a healthy dose of new equipment! I am very excited, this new fleet should help us maintain some quality playing surfaces. Thanks to my committee and the Board for the dedication to the preservation of our golf course. When you see any of these individuals, please say thanks!
Gotta go, I have to figure out how to get my swarm out of that tree and into the hive,
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
We have also undergone some damage due to an unauthorized entry in the men's grill area. We are also working quickly to restore this area to the comfortable atmosphere that members enjoy.
We apoligize for any in inconvenience you or your guests may experience as we restore the property.
Thanks for your understanding,
P.S. Look for the benefits of golf series coming next week!
Monday, May 11, 2015
We have a relatively small grass tee at the driving range here at Briar Ridge, but a small effort on the players part can make a huge difference in the quality of that space.
Below is a photo of three sets of thirty divots. Please note the middle section of the photo. This is how we would like you to utilize the range.
Not only does this method reduce the area impacted, it also allows for the fastest recovery.
Please help us as we begin the season by following this simple recommendation:
Place the ball at the back of the previous divot and work backwards in a line. Keep each line separated by a strip of grass.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation,
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Today we remember Palmer, a great advocate of the game, well respected figure in the community, and a great gentleman. Palmer Singleton was on the search committee that eventually offered me my current position here at Briar. He was one of the first members of Briar Ridge that I would come to know and one that I will surely never forget. Behind my desk sits a photo of Palmer and Susie, his high school sweetheart and partner in life's journey. Palmer C. Singleton, Jr., was born and raised in Hammond IN, served our country in WW II, and returned to Northwest Indiana where he opened his practice of law, raised two children, and served as a volunteer for many charitable organizations. Palmer was an integral part of what led to the building of Community Hospital in Munster. Palmer certainly left his mark on our community. He was known as a good friend to many, a man to rely upon, a man with character. Palmer also had a lengthy history with pro bono legal services as a frequent volunteer and advocate for legal services for the less fortunate. Palmer was a prisoner of war in World War II.
Palmer was instrumental in the creation of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program at Briar Ridge. Pictured is a bluebird house with what was the Singleton residence in the background. Many of the bluebird houses at Briar were built by Palmer and with the help of a local boy scout troop. Palmer understood the need to be good stewards of the land and that golf courses can play a great role in protecting water quality, creating lost habitats, and conserving natural resources. Mr. Singleton recognized the abundance of land that surrounds golf courses that are not integral parts of the game, and how those parcels could serve the community in greater ways. The birdhouse and natural area on 2 red was placed there because of Palmer and serves as a reminder of his contributions. I hope you have a great day.
I miss you Palmer,
Mr. Good Boss
Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.