Friday, January 28, 2011
Earlier this week we revived our 70 new Club Car Precedent cart fleet. The new carts have a 48 volt system making the carts able to handle up to 36 holes of golf a day. There are also some other great features such as a cooler, sand bottle holder, self draining top, greater handling and turning radius, one step battery filling system, 360 degree bumper and a open dash design. I am sure that the new carts will be well received from the members. They sure are sharp looking!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Last year about this time we revived our certificate in Environmental planning from Audubon International. Since then we have been gathering valuable data to become an official Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf courses. Over the last year we have compiled important data on wildlife and habitat management, water conservation and water quality & management. Over the next months we will attempt to complete outreach and education and chemical use reduction and safety. When all of the criteria has been met we will receive our final certification. The entire process has been a labor of love. It is interesting to see how many practices we had in place to protect the environment before we started this journey with Audubon International. We just had to put all of our standard record keeping and documentation into one binder.
Here are just some of the items we have gathered or started...
- Pictures (wildlife and natural areas)
- Continuing with organic fertilizers
- Water tests
- Maps of vegetation
- Maps of habitat
- Wildlife lists
- Water conservation methods
- Irrigation records
- Increasing wildlife habitat
- Natural areas around lake body's
- No mow areas
- Low impact native areas
- Planting native plant material
Monday, January 10, 2011
Finally we received a decent snow here at the Pinery. The last 5 months we have seen above average temps and below average precipitation because of La Nina. Just last night we received 8 inches of snow. A much welcome snow storm because with out it we would of been out winter watering off our frost free system this week. Here is a little re-cap of the last few snow storms at the Pinery.
- Our last snow from last winter was on May 12th 2010 we received 3 inches
- Our first snow was on November 10th we received 3 inches
- December 30th we received 4 inches
- And today January 10th we received 8 inches.
I am hoping that this snow will stick around a little and keep the course covered.
Here is a detailed year in review from NOAA
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Last winter we had some areas on the course that were devastated by geese. Even though we patrolled the course where they frequently visited more has to be done. This year we are trying a new goose deterrent mylar flags. Throughout previous winters we usually shoot off noise makers and have our dogs scare the geese away but the problem is we are not always out when the geese are. So what to do ? After a little research we found that mylar flags in conjunction with our current practices could do the trick. Funny though mylar is difficult to find they do not stock it at your local hardware store or fabric shop. But with some luck we found that the emergency camping blankets are made of mylar. These blankets are also cheaper and tougher than the mylar you can buy in rolls . We basically made a flag with 4 to 5 2 inch wide strips 36 inches long and attached them to a old flag stick placing the mylar flag about 6 feet off the ground. It's to early to tell if these flags will work but the mylar sure is reflective and very noisy at the same time even with a mild breeze.