Monday, May 9, 2016

Final Construction Update for Spring 2016

This past Saturday, May 7,2016 Landscapes Unlimited finished the Phase 3 renovation project. We did a walk through of the golf course last week and identified some areas that needed attention. LUI's staff worked all week on those small areas and on Saturday they finished them. I have to say that we are very pleased with their efforts and their diligence in completing this project. It has been a long time in the making, we started this phase on July 20,2015. I believe that when you have the chance to get out and play the golf course, you too will agree that they did a great job and I think it will provide you with a golf course that you will enjoy for many years to come.

A big tip of the hat to job site superintendent, Al VanMeeteren. Al is a true professional and he was great to work with throughout the entire project. Al will be back here in the late summer to help us with Phase 4, the last of the construction!

Thank you for coming to this blog page to follow along with all of the construction updates the past 10 months.

I will leave this post with the new look of #4 green from the area where we hope you hit your drives. Thank you!!!

2016 Bird Watch Open

Each year we try to host some bird watching experts out to the club for what used to be called the Bird Watch Open. We feel it is still a lot of merit in hosting a local event to see what species of winged friends might be at your golf course. The one thing that was very encouraging was the larger number of bluebirds that were seen this year. We do believe our efforts with nesting boxes has really helped over the past few years.

This years participants were

Ben Taylor
Sharon Stiwell
Dick Stilwell
Jane Clark
Diane Dentlinger

The following birds were seen on the golf course this past Saturday Morning, May 7, 2016 and the number that they saw. We thank them for their passion and their efforts to come out and do a bird count here at Des Moines Golf.

Canada Goose 13
Mallard 5
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Franklin's Gull 43
Mourning Dove 16
Chimney Swift 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Least Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 6
Eastern Kingbird 9
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Blue Jay 38
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 26
Black-capped Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 9
Swainson's Thrush 7
American Robin 130
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 35
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Tennessee Warbler 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 5
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9
Chipping Sparrow 37
Lark Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Harris's Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6
Red-winged Blackbird 27
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Common Grackle 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 16
Baltimore Oriole 13
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 3

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The evolution of #2 South

During the construction I have taken 4 videos of the last half of #2 South. We are going to open the hole soon and I stitched the videos together so you can see the evolution of the hole. Forgive my amateur video work but I believe you will understand it once you see it all.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Taking down ourTennis Dome

Each year we team up with the clubhouse maintenance staff to put up or take down the Yeadon Tennis Dome. I did a time lapse video this morning of us taking it down. It comes in 3 different sections. This video shows us through the first section. About 40 guys 4 hours to do it. Record time and effort by our team this morning. They did a great job.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Construction Update

The cool and wet weather has not been a favorable combination to try and finish up a renovation project. We were fortunate to finish all of the concrete cart path installations. Almost all of the drainage tile has been installed. LUI still has tile to install on the bunkers on #2 and #3 fairways. Hopefully the sun will shine and those bunkers can get finished up!

Irrigation is now finished and they will go back throughout the project and start leveling sprinkler heads that were not completely settled.

The main focus for LUI to finish up is the laying of sod. We still have to finish sodding the bentgrass fairway on #2 by the 1st landing area. The start of #18 fairway also has some bentgrass sod to be installed. The rest of the work is backfilling and sodding along cart paths on almost all of the holes that we installed new cart paths. This looks like a lot of work but if we can get some good days they are ready to go to prep it and Stensland Sodding is ready to install it. So pray for some good weather so we can get the turf to start growing and finish Phase 3!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Golf Course Update and Week 19 Construction Update

The typical spring weather pattern has arrived. It gets warm early and we open up, then we get a dose of reality and the temperatures moderate to the normal. We have seen some cool nights the past 2 weeks, last night's low was 24 degrees, which is not conducive to good turf growth. The open 27 holes have handled the cold temperatures well and we are happy with how the turf looks and how it is performing. We hopefully will start some of our spring maintenance items like aerification, verticutting, topdressing and rolling of putting surfaces. Also this year we are really going to concentrate on producing better approaches to our greens. We have not done a lot of topdressing to these areas in the past, this year we hope to apply regular topdressing, trying to firm up the approaches.

We have most of our pre-emergent applications finished on the golf courses. We use several different items to time some of our applications like growing degree days, soil temperatures, etc. The homeowner can use a very simple one to time their spring crabgrass applications. It is called plant phenological indicators: Basically this is when the flowering of landscape plants can also be used as a good estimate of when crabgrass might be germinating. Many are aware that forsythia is traditionally considered a good plant to indicate that crabgrass will soon start germinating. Forsythia will be in full bloom prior to crabgrass germination and forsythia flowers will wither near crabgrass germination. So once you see the forsythia blooming you really should think about getting your application down on your home yard. What does forsythia look like in full bloom or where do we find it? Very simple, we have some forsythia bushes on the north side of #4 tee North. Here is what they look like this morning. They have been in bloom for about a week so it is time for you to think about putting down that spring pre-emergent application.

Landscapes Unlimited is back on site and working. The bunkers on #3 fairway are all roughed in. Yesterday we started to build the final 2 bunkers on #2 fairway. We should have them roughed in by today or Monday morning. The golf course architect will be back on site on Monday to give his final approval to these bunkers and then LUI will complete that phase of the project.

Another crew is very busy installing drainage basins and tile lines around some of the tees. There are about 5 different areas that are left to tile out and they should be completed and then they will start the sodding around the tees and along cart path edges.

The concrete crew is also very busy. All of the concrete on hole #18 is installed. Today they will be pouring the concrete the tee to the bridge on #17. On Monday they will be pouring the concrete around the South snack shop. Then they will move on to #4 tee and #6 tee to finish up that phase of the project.

The new greens are coming along very nicely. I am very please how good they look and how they are performing at this early point in the season. Here are some photos of #2,#4 and #5 greens. We have covered the 7th and 18th greens to keep the heat in and promote growth on these putting greens.