Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Disappointed!

Scott Howe and myself have spent a lot of time trying to educate our golfers on golf course care. We have made videos, we have sent out special emails, we have made signs, we have done blog posts on it and we have sat on the 1st tee talking to golfers. Evidently not everyone is listening to what we are trying to say.

Coming out this morning to the east range and finding this just makes me sick. How can someone think that this will ever recover? We have talked about hitting in a straight line and then leaving some space to allow some grass to grow back. The only thing that is going to grow back here is nothing! For us to get turf back in this area it will require someone to re-sod it and then spend weeks watering and caring for this sod. Sometimes you just shake your head in amazement at the lack of care for your beautiful golf courses and facilities.


Please review this sign and remember to leave some turf between the rows of divots. Thank you.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The transition on #8 North

Of all of the holes that had work done to them last fall, #8 North probably took the most abuse of any of them. We sometimes forget how much work was done to a golf hole until you look back at video to see what really happened and look at the dates the work was being done. The 8th hole will open for play today. It is still rough around the edges just a little, but with some good weather it is going to heal in nicely an it is going to be a fun hole to play for our membership.

I have uploaded 3 videos on #8 North. The first one shows how the hole looked before any construction was done to it. The second video is early October, the green was just seeded and work was starting on the fairway bunker area. The last video was taken this morning. We hope you enjoy the work that was done to the 8th.










Friday, May 1, 2015

#14 North Videos

This is a video I took of #14 during the last week of August. At that time none of the tee or bunker work had even been started so I did not video any of those areas. You can see the green area is under complete construction.




So now fast forward 9 months to May 1, 2015 and you can see the complete renovation of the 14th hole on the North Course.



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.