Monday, November 19, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
This summer was very hot and extremely dry; our fine turf areas did very well despite the weather. However there are a couple of exceptions on some small areas of our fairways where some turf thinned out and died. This week we slit-seeded these areas with bentgrass, topdressed with sand, and used covers to quicken the germination process. These areas are small and are found on #1, #6, #9, #14, and #18. The picture below shows the final product. Please do not hit off of the covers, they are marked as ground under repair. Thanks.
|#1 after it has been |
seeded, fertilized, topdressed,
With the chipping green closed for the season we took the opportunity to aggressively verti-cut, seed, topdress, water, and cover the entire complex to allow for faster recovery. We will keep these covers on all fall and most likely when we open next spring.
Next week we will be working on the range tee so it can be ready for next season. We close the range tee this time year to allow it to heal in for next year’s play. If we continued to hit off of the tee, most of the divots generated in October and November would not recover until late next spring.
Next week we will be deep-tining, heavily over seeding, fertilizing, topdresssing and covering the range tee so that it will be in good shape for next season.
|Depression on #13 |
Filled with plugs from aerification.
|Natural Area on #12|
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Today September 19th, the chipping green is closing for the season to let the green and approach heal in for next year. The green has many design flaws but we hope to make it more playable for next season. We are going to overseed and topdress this area so it is imperative that we keep people off so seed can germinate effectively.
Driving Range Tee
October 2nd the grass portion of the range tee will be closing for the season. The driving range will still be open but hitting off mats only. Keeping people off of the grass portion will allow the tee to heal in for next year's practice.
Core Aeration of Fairways and Tees
Starting September 24th fairways and tees will be core aerated. We will be aerating one hole at a time to minimize its affect on play. Winter rules are in effect on fairways that are or have been aerated. Thanks!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Next Monday September 10th, we will be deep needle tining, topdressing and overseeding greens. Deep needle tining has been done 5 times already this year with little affect on playability. If you come out to play next Monday you can expect some inconsistencies in the greens, because each green will be in different stages of completion. Please be patient while we finish this important process and greens should be back to normal by Tuesday.
What can I expect the greens conditions to be like after Monday? The greens should be good other than the obvious small holes and maybe some sand. Ball roll and smoothness should be fine because the holes are only 0.18" in diameter and heal in very quickly. The first couple of times this process was done it went unnoticed by golfers.
Why are we deep needle tining and what are the benefits? This process has shown to greatly improve the health of our greens. This entire summer season we had roots over 8-10" in ALL of our greens despite one of the hottest summers on record. With warm September soil temperatures we aim to enhance our root structure even further. Enhanced root structure is not the only benefit to deep needle tining, water infiltration and compaction relief are just a couple of other side benefits to this process.
We will begin core aerification of our fairways and tees on Monday September 24th. This process will be the same as last year with one fairway done at a time. Once a fairway has been cored, picked up and blown we will move on to the next hole. This will minimize the amount of disturbance to one hole at any given time. Last year this process took 17 days. We hope to stay around this number this year but that will depend entirely on weather and any mechanical issues. Please play winter rules on fairways that have been or are in the process of being aerified.
Fall Fling September 8th
It's never too late to sign up for the fall fling, it is a fun format and we hope to see you this Saturday.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
An area of focus in the coming days is on the range tee. The picture below shows some areas of the tee that need some significant healing. The hot, dry June and July has made seed germination difficult thus healing has not taken place. The turf is still very thin and crabgrass has started to germinate in some areas of the tee.
|Middle of the range tee.|
Our plan of action involves a few small steps: i.) spray for weeds ii.) fertilize to encourage more vigorous growth. iii.) over seed the tee surface iv.) apply more water to encourage seed germination v.) repeat these steps as necessary in the upcoming months.
In the future, there is a way members can help us improve the range tee that involves how they practice. The picture above shows random divots and large circular patches, these areas take longer to heal. From now on, we would ask that you to follow the diagram below as a way to help make the practice tee the best it can be! Thanks!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Since the beginning of May, we have received only 0.5" of rain here at Ridgeway – quite a change from the last two seasons.
In times like this, we use our irrigation system more regularly than normal. Because of excess rainfall the last two seasons, there hasn’t been a need to run our irrigation system. You may have noticed that we are in the process of repairing several irrigation issues on the course. We are concentrating most of our efforts on installation of new sprinkler heads with proper yardage plates.
You may see some small areas of exposed turf during replacement of the faulty sprinklers. Also, if you play early in the morning (before 8 AM), you may see some sprinklers running to provide adequate water to areas that have been deficient in irrigation. Your patience is appreciated while we are working on these issues.
One final note, areas that may appear a bit off color during these dry conditions just fine – they will green up quickly when we receive normal rainfalls. We will continue to water newly sodded areas to ensure that they remain healthy. In the meantime, enjoy a little extra roll on your drives!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
This spring has been a good one to get a lot of work done on the course. A few items will be addressed in the next couple of weeks.
- Many of you may have noticed the new plants around Prindle's Pub, next week mulch and curbing is going to finish off this area.
- Our seeded areas are coming up nicely and this morning we are removing most of the netting and mulch. Remember that these areas are still ground under repair.
- Many of our hole signs are out on the course however a few are absent because we need to relocate them to a better location.
- This past week we have been working on repairing many of the sprinkler heads on the course we hope to rap that up soon and apply yardages to sprinklers that are currently missing yardage numbers.
- A vast majority of the tree removal areas have been filled, seeded or sodded. #13 still has some work to do and is a priority for us. Also we will sod out the area in front of #5 fairway.
Friday, May 4, 2012
|one of the target greens.|
|Mud and debris from the storm.up.|
|#4 fairway at the bottom of the hill.|
Over knee high water.
|Looking at #11 green from the fairway|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Next week we will again be deep-tining our putting surfaces. No need to worry about playability since the tines will be much smaller and will have almost no impact on play. But it will have a HUGE impact on increased root depth. Look at it this way ... roots live in air not in soil. Our soils here at Ridgeway are a heavy clay mixture, which makes it hard for roots to find away to go deeper because the pores (air spaces) are so condensed. Our putting greens have about 3" of sand topdressing on top of a heavy clay subsurface layer. By poking holes down 8-12" we allow easier access for roots to grow deeper. With that we also have many side benefits of less compaction, better water infiltration, and better gas exchange. Deep-tining is something we will do on a regular basis and I think you will like the results.
|This is a picture of our cup-cutter.|
Notice the long white roots hanging out the bottom!
The roots in the deep-tine holes are about 9-10" deep.
All the more reason this has to become a staple in our management program
|Bentgrass is the purplish green.|
Poa is the lime green.
This stand is predominatly bentgrass.
Taken from #2 green.
|Bentgrass is the purplish green|
Poa is the lime green.
This stand is predominatly Poa.
Taken from #2 green.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Double click the picture above to get a larger version for better viewing.
- Finished #18 fairway. The irrigation was repaired, areas leveled, and the rest of the sod was laid on the fairway. Sod was also laid behind the green. Keep in mind we will keep play and foot traffic off of this area for the remainder of the month.
- Prepped more areas for seed and sod particularly right of #18, behind #15 green, between #1-9 and right of #11 fairway.
- Seeded, fertilized and mulched most of the courses bare areas. The exception being between 2-12, 5, and 13.
- Sodded bare areas around #2 green including the approach.
- Mowed all areas of the course including rough!
In coming weeks are focus is to tidy up 2-12, 5, and 13. Other items we will be focusing on are irrigation sprinkler head repair, spraying weeds on the property, draining #13 wet area behind the green, and fixing prioritized list of depressions/low spots.
So far everything is going smoothly and soon it will be peak golfing season. Let's hope the warm weather returns soon!
Last week we bought these wooden boxes to give the members more opportunity to get sand for filling divots. The wooden boxes are located on #1 and #10 tee.
Sand can also be found in these green barrels in the shelter's on #4, #7 and hidden in the landscaping around 5/13 building. When refilling your containers please do not use the par 3 divot boxes, these are for par 3's only. Thanks.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
All golf carts must stay on the cart paths on all Par 3 holes. And make an effort to stay on cart paths when going to tees and greens. I have noticed a fair number of people parking near greens and tees. Over time these areas will become weak, thin and possibly bare.
I have already noticed a fair number of ball marks on greens. PLEASE remember to fix your ball marks and to repair/fill your divots.
Overall the course is coming along nicely and it looks like nicer weather at the end of this week! Thanks.
Monday, March 26, 2012
As you can see last week was a productive one, however their is still a lot of work ahead of us in the coming weeks. The good news is it early and in April we will see steady progress on the course. This week we will need to focus more attention to mowing and surface preparation as the warm weather has us over 5-6 weeks ahead of schedule. Believe it or not this week we will have to mow rough, last year it was first mowed in mid May, what difference a year makes!!
I will keep a steady flow of information and updates on the blog in the coming weeks . . . enjoy the early spring!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The pictures are laterals where the drainage was installed, the replaced sod has all but blended in to the green and is level. The small holes you see are from the deep-tine aeration that was performed late last November. The holes are spaced out and the ground is soft so after a few greens rollings they should start to disappear completely.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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The past 2 seasons we core aerated greens a total of 4 times and in 2012 we are not core aerating putting surfaces. In lieu of core aerating we will be solid tine aerating more often with small needle tines, which has little if any affect on playability. This will allow us to grow roots down to 8", relieve compaction and dramatically improve water infiltration. Because our season is already short we will have minimal disruption in play on our greens in 2012.
In the future most of our practices will revolve around surface preparation. This means trying to grow the plant less, which intern produces less organic matter and thatch. Growth from excessive fertilization and excessive watering overtime only makes more thatch and organic matter. That means we need to core aerate more, verticut more, and topdress heavier to dilute and remove unwanted organic matter/thatch. This then means more interruption in playability to correct organic matter and thatch. By growing the plant less, fertilizing only to meet the plants basic needs, watering intelligently, and growing roots of the plants not shoots, we will have less need to core aerate our putting surfaces. Instead of 2 aggressive core aerations a season we will use small diameter needle tines more frequently. More aeration with little to no disruption means both superintendent and golfer are happy! !
This topic is one I will continue to discuss on the blog and if anyone has any questions on this or any topic I encourage you to call, email or stop by the shop I'd be happy to discuss them or show you around our maintenance facility. Thanks … golf season is just around the corner!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Having worked in golf course maintenance all my life, their is never downtime on the golf course, even in winter. Typically at the golf season's end the greens and grounds committee, head golf professional, superintendent, and general manager walk the entire golf course and prioritize work they deem to be important to the golf course for the upcoming "off season." This year is no different than many, we have many improvements we are working on going into the 2012 golfing season. A list of work includes:
- Continuation of tree management in which over 50 trees were transplanted throughout the property (see previous posts).
- Drainage work on holes #11 and #18 (see previous posts). Later this spring behind #13 green and repairing the area in front of #18 green and adding much needed drain tile.
- Removal of the large brush pile near the maintenance facility so that we are able to create a large sod nursery.
- Preparing site plan for Schmaltz landscaping at 5/13 building. The plan is to improve the area around the building with some newer plants both annual and perennial. And getting a plan to enhance our new wildflower area near the pond on #13 by adding perennial plants on the southern end near the break of the hill. Because this is a large area, small clusters of plants will be planted every spring till it is filled.
- Repair and preventative maintenance on our existing fleet of equipment
- Grinding and sharpening of all of our mower reels and bed knives. Coming out of winter the reels are sharp and ready to go!
- Painting and repair of benches, ball washers, baskets, cups, etc.
- Checking and making improvements to our irrigation central control system.
- Snow removal.
- Meeting with vendors to make orders and talk pricing for the upcoming year.
This time of year also means budget time at Ridgeway. Labor, projects, capital improvements, and best practices are looked at in their entirety and up for review by the greens and grounds committee. Line item by line item is looked at and tweaked to fit the needs of the coming year.
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and I am excited to start the golf season sooner than later!!