Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What is the big white bag on the side of #18 for?

We have had a lot of questions about "what is the big white bag on #18 for" If you notice this bag is starting to inflate with liquid. The ponds on the North course were built in 1987. These ponds have a great clay base in the bottoms. But over time we have had a lot of silt and organic matter wash into the ponds.

We felt that since the North course was going to be closed down it would be a great time to take care of the silt problem. We have hired a company called US Aqua Vac to come in and take care of the silt problems. The way it works is very simple. There is a diver in the pond on #13 that has a 4" hose and he is sucking up the silt and organic debris in the pond bottom. That mix of water and silt is pumped into the bag. The bag allows the water to seep out but not the silt. After it sits for a couple of weeks we will be digging a hole behind #13 green and push the silt out of the bag into the hole. The pond on #13 should take about 6 days to complete the pumping work.

We felt this would be less invasive than pumping the ponds down then trucking the silt out. We did a lot of homework on these folks and everyone raved about how well it worked. You can read more about them on their web site at http://www.usaquavac.com/


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Short video of the NE 9 before construction starts

This year I have decided to do a flyover of each hole before construction. So this morning I completed those flyovers. I will be updating the blog page each week to show you the progress we are making on the construction project. After a hole is completed I will again do a flyover and post both videos for you to see the completed work. Should give you a very good idea on our progress. This morning it was so nice out I decided to fly high from the 7th green on the North course and just take a quick video up high. Thanks.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Construction Season is fast approaching

This Sunday we will have our Town Hall meeting to discuss the upcoming renovation project on the NE 9 holes of the North Course. Holes 6-14 will be closed on August 18th and construction will start immediately on those 9 holes.

I will be doing weekly updates throughout the project. I usually posted an update on Saturdays and I will try to do that again this year.

Leibold Irrigation and Construction Company have been chosen to do our work this year. I have been fortunate to have worked with this company 2 other times in my career. They are a great group of guys to work with and very high quality of work. I am looking forward to doing some work again with them.

On the 18th we have a lot of things scheduled to happen. Old asphalt cart path removal will start on that Monday. Also tree removal will be started by Wright Outdoors. US Aqua Vac will be on site to vacuum out the silt in the ponds on holes 11,12, and 13. Leibold will be starting on greens construction and their irrigation division will start on mainline irrigation installation.

Please try and attend the Town Hall meeting this Sunday and we are looking forward to construction season and some dry weather to get through it!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bunkers

When we started the bunker project there were some questions if the new bunkering would save us money after a storm. We had 1" of rain last night. These 2 photos speak volumes! The first bunker is on the South golf course. All of the bunkers on the South need to be pumped out this morning. Most of the rain water from last night's storm has soaked in, now we have to pump this water out of the bunker and it has to have time to soak into the turf. In some situations this surface will delay carts from leaving the paths.


On the North course they still have to pump the bunkers on the 9 holes that are not renovated. However this is a photo of the bunkers that have been renovated and they too received 1" of rain. Not much to do to them but rake them!


Carts Traffic

The new carts are very nice to drive and they do accelerate very quickly. We have noticed a lot of marks on the fairways from golfers taking fast turns and stopping to quickly. As a driver of a cart you have to be aware that bad driving quickly results in damage to the turf. Please be mindful of that and turn slower and take the time to slow down rather than just slamming on the brakes. Thank you.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Cold, Hard Winter Effects

It is now the middle of June and the effects of the cold, hard winter are really starting to show what the effects Mother Nature can have on our plant community. Across the entire central Iowa area it is amazing to see how many dead trees and landscape plants there are. A lot of this was a 2 stage setup. We went into the winter in a drought situation, many landscape areas are very confined on how they get their water. If you didn't water this gardens or areas many of them really just freeze dried over the winter.

Here at DMGCC we had 2 such areas. The boulevard below the pro shop and the walkway to the tennis building. Both of these areas are very restricted for good root growth because of the concrete around them. It really never occcured to me that we should be giving these plants extra water last fall. Then we went into a deep freeze that we have not seen for several years. The effects of the cold really took their toll on these landscape areas.

On the golf course we had many trees that have died or are not doing well. We have given them ample enough time to leaf out and many of them will not do so. So over the next couple of weeks you will be seeing us removing all of these dead or dying trees. Please be patient with us, we have many items on our plate right now but we will be getting to them as soon as we can.

You will also notice that the nature grass planting areas that we have around the golf course are suffering. Many of these landscape grasses are warm season grasses with very extensive root systems. Even though they have a vast expanse of roots, with the deep freeze that we had in the soil, many of the these grasses did not survive. If there is 1 little sprig of grass coming up it will regenerate over the next year or two. We are not ignoring these areas but giving them a chance to survive also.

This is one example of a area where some of them are doing ok and some are showing some sign of recovery.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Baby Swans and Bluebirds

This morning we had our baby Mute Swan hatch. They are called cygnets. The hen on the North Course has laid 4 eggs so we should see the others hatch out real soon. We were really worried about them with the storm last night but the water stayed far enough from the nest that they made it.


We have had a huge success with our bluebird nest boxes. Our Administrative Assistant Mark Sparland has done a wonderful job taking care of the nesting boxes the past 2 years. We have fledged several bluebirds in our nest boxes this year. It takes someone who is very diligent each and every week to clean boxes out of unwanted nests. Mark deserves a lot of credit for the success of our program.

Here are 2 photos of eggs in one box and baby bluebirds in another box.