Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Video of Holes 11,12 and 13

I did a quick flyover last Thursday morning of holes 11, 12 and 13. This will give you a little flavor of the new bunkers and some of the work that was completed on the NE 9 holes. You can also see a lot of new sod that was installed on these holes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honey Bees

What is pollination and who are the pollinators?

Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.
What does pollination do?

The transfer of pollen in and between flowers of the same species leads to fertilization, and successful seed and fruit production for plants. Pollination ensures that a plant will produce full-bodied fruit and a full set of viable seeds.

Why does pollination matter to us?

• Worldwide, roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.
• Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.
• In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.

With all of that being said North Course Superintendent, Nate Tegtmeier and myself have invested into starting a couple colonies of bees. These bees are being kept next to the fence on #16 South by the garden. We have purchased about 18,000 bees to be split into 2 hives with their queens. I have included some photos of Nate loading the bees and working to getting the Queen bee into the correct place in the hive.

It has been very interesting and if you have an interest in watching us do our work please let us know.We also will be using some of the honey in the clubhouse this fall. Stay we hope our bees have a bountiful harvest season.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#10 North April 14, 2015

As we near the completion of #10 I thought I would do a quick flyover to show you the new look on #10. Leibold will be finishing up the sod work today and then all we need is some warmer temperatures and time to grow in.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#9 and #10 Update

The first 2 photos are some completed bunkers on #9. The first one is by the green and the second photo is a right side fairway bunker about 100 yards out from the green.

This photo was taken last night. All of the right side bunkers have been built and have drainage installed in them. Right now they can not go any further because of the rain that is forecasted for this afternoon and this evening. If they install the liners and the sand we could have some contamination because the sodding is not completed around the outside of the bunker.

If they can not work on #10 today I am sure that they will be working their punch list items.

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Update

I would like to update you on the golf courses and the NE 9 Renovation project. This past winter was a very cold winter and an open winter with very little snow cover. We are seeing some winter desiccation on some high knobs on some fairway areas and around some tee corners. Most of the areas are coming back on their own and there are a couple of spots where we might have to do a little sod work. We did also have some damage to some trees and they have already been removed. I hope as the deciduous trees begin to leaf out, we don’t have any major damage to them.

If you remember back to last November the NE 9 Renovation project did not quite get completed because of the early onset of winter. Leibold Construction and Irrigation is back on site and working very diligently trying to finish up. The bunkers on #9 were competed last week and look fantastic. They have finished the left greenside bunker on #10 and all of the new bunkers on the right side of #10 are currently being worked on. This area is a very complex bunker project that protects the right side of the hole. There is a lot of new irrigation and drainage that has been installed. They are currently working on the drainage in and around the new left side bunkers. If the rain stays away we could be done in this area very soon, but the forecast does not look good. They do have some punch list items to also finish up but that should not take very long. Some of that work can be completed if it is wet out.

Our staff has been working very hard trying to tie up a lot of loose ends. We have been very busy doing some concrete work, working on bridge railings and doing some sodding work. We also have seeded the haul roads and the now mow are on #8. These areas were seeded and fertilized and then mulched or covered with straw netting to protect them from erosion. Our staff is also working on reshaping and replacing the sand on the east range practice bunker. Today we were able to install the drainage in the bunker and we should have liner and sand installed later in the week.

So the big question that I get almost daily is when will this 9 holes open? Right now we cannot answer that at this time. The 2 new greens look good and we have done some reseeding on #8 green. The new tees that were sodded are very slow in growing because it has been so cold. The seeded tees have been covered until this past weekend. They too have been seeded if needed. They look very good and just need some time to grow and knit together. Like last year once we have tees that can take the foot traffic we will try to get our golfers out there. A little rain and some nice warm weather will help us out a lot.

I will leave you with a few photos of the right side of #10 bunker complex.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Almost spring

As we are rapidly approaching the last week of February I am surprised how cold it is outside yet and too think we are usually opening the golf courses sometime in March. Hopefully the warm spring days arrive soon so we can put this winter to bed.

Here in the Golf Course Maintenance department we had a staff meeting this morning to figure out exactly how much indoor work we have left to finish and what will be doing when we get outside.
Almost all of our equipment fleet has been looked at by our mechanic and staff. Any necessary repairs have been completed and all of the reel grinding is completed. We have some trailers to look at, some small tools like sod cutters, blowers and chain saws to finish winter work on. But overall I am very pleased where we stand at this point in the calendar year.

Part of the staff is putting finishing coats of paint and varnish on tee markers, hazard stakes and some tennis court furniture. Cleaning up of our sanding room/wood shop area will be done later in the week and some equipment will be moved into that area.

Once we finally get outside the staff will be working winter damaged trees and shrubs. This past heavy snowfall did do some minor damage to some trees.
We have been very busy doing planning for the next Phase of our golf course renovation project. Golf course architect Tim Liddy is finishing up construction drawings for us to review and then we will put them out to bid sometime in March. As a reminder holes 1-7, 17 & 18 South will be our focus this next August.