Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Course Update

The rain has started and a lot more is in the forecast.  Tuesday morning the rain started to fall and after checking the rain gauge Wednesday morning we have received 1.75".  As you can see from the picture of #2 fairway the course is saturated.  It looks like rain is in the forecast for the entire day on Wednesday and a few more inches as well.
I know the greens are healing slow from aerification but I wanted to go ahead to remind everyone about how to fix ball marks on the greens.  Above is a very good video from the USGA on the proper way to keep our greens ball mark free hopefully during the 2014 season.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Course Update

Even though we could not keep to the schedule that we wanted to because of rain in the forecast we were still able to get the greens aerified.  We started aerifying the back 9 on Monday April 14th because the forecast for Tuesday was not looking good.  Like always we started with getting the greens verti-cutted.  You can see in the picture above the amount of material that we removed.  After that we blow off the debris and get ready for punching holes.
Here we are aerifying a green.  The USGA recommends removing about 20% organic material a year.  With this aerification we are doing about 6.5%.  Through other aerifications, verticutting and topdressing we will get close to this target percentage. 
At the end of last week we were able to get the new tee on 14 its first cut.  The sod has taken root and we have been topdressing the seems and low areas.  This tee will open up on Saturday April 26th.  The height will be still higher than our normal tees but with all the events coming up lets try it out.
The exterior improvements to the clubhouse started on Monday April 21st.  New siding and fencing is being installed around the entire building.

Monday, April 7, 2014

We finally have a bigger tee at #14

Smoothing out the sub grade
Installing the irrigation
Starting to fill the cavity with tee mix
Grading out the tee mix
Final grade on the tee mix
Sod arrives

Installing sod