Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Want to Skate

What Happens when you mix water, cold weather and a sprinkler, ICE.
During our last watering last night a station stuck on and ran most of the evening in 25 degree temps. Of course we haven't had a sticker since September.

Break out the hockey skates

Monday, November 14, 2011

Let it Fly!

This is our last week having the irrigation system up. Later this week we start blowing out. In the meantime we are loading up southern exposures and getting one last watering in before we drain the system on Wednesday. Looks like we will have good weather for blow out, 50's and sunny. Hopefully it will be a while before we have to fire up the system again. But if we have to our frost free system will come in handy again. We have frost free coupler's to all of our greens most tees and select fairways. The frost free system sure came in handy last year with our dry winter, we were only down for a few weeks before we fired back up.

Loading up Southern exposures on #3 mountain course

Monday, November 7, 2011

Break it up!!

Late this fall we started to spot deep tine some LDS (localized dry spot) in our fairways and approaches. We set the deep tine up with 1/2 inch solid tines at a depth of 9 inches. Most areas we had full penetration of the tine but in the some of the LDS areas we were only able to penetrated 7 inches. A Long term cultural program with this deep tine will help the over all soil health, playability and drainage of our fairways. We plan on doing some more in the spring when the soil is saturated from our winter and spring snows.

Deep tine in action

Path Work

In the last few weeks we have started our cart path demo. Close to 4,000 sq ft of bad cart path has been removed and back filled with a recycled asphalt sub grade. Hopefully in the next few weeks we can get the areas paved. We will look at more areas that need replaced in the spring and fall of next year.

#17 By green

The dip on #16