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.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Social Media

As an “old timer” in the golf course management business, I sometimes have to work on the new technology things that come along. I spend a lot of time at home in the evenings in front of my computer trying to come up with good, solid methods to communicate to our membership. I have never been a Facebook guy. Why? I don’t know, it just did not seem like the right way to put out a bullet point as to what we were doing on the golf course.

When we started doing our golf course renovation project I noticed that a blog page that I had started the year before really seemed to be getting a lot more hits. About the same time I started a Twitter account and tried to “tweet” the bullet points that I thought our members would be interested in seeing or hearing about regarding the renovation project. I tried very hard to stay away from the negative items. I wanted it to be a learning experience for our members.

So fast forward a few years. I am now very pleased as to how it has all come together. In addition to gaining more exposure on the blog page I have a lot of members following me on Twitter. Many times they will see when we have a frost delay or cart restrictions just as soon as I talk to the golf shop to get it all in line.

This Social Media Craze is a very fast moving thing and it has sometimes been hard to get my mind wrapped around it. I have worked hard and it is very nice now to get some recognition for the things that we have been trying to accomplish. Golf Course Industry Magazine and Aquatrols recognize industry leaders in the Social Media world each year at the Golf Industry Show. This year I have been fortunate to be one of the superintendents that is going to be recognized. I want to thank Pat Jones and all of the staff at GCI and to Aquatrols for their support of this. It is very nice to be recognized for something that you have a passion for.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mid winter update

This time of year is always difficult to write a blog post that might be exciting or interesting for you to read. Many of the tasks that we are doing this time of year are very boring and repetitive for us but they do remain important items that need to be completed.

We have our 2 - 1st assistant superintendents working on sharpening reel mowers. This involves the disassembly of the reels, replacing bad bearings, seals or worn items and then assemble them again and level them. Then the bedknife and the reels are sharpened on 2 different machines. Once completed the reels are adjusted for height of cut and reel to bedknife adjustment (how it cuts paper). Then they are put back on their perspective mowers and are ready to go for the new season.

This photo is Mitch and Andy in their winter home working on reels.

Head Golf Course Technician Ryan Osler oversees the entire maintenance of the golf course fleet of equipment. This is Ryan's area. It can get quite crowded in here at times but he seems to manage it very well.

We have one group of staff members who do all of the sanding of golf course furniture and they also build all of the new tee markers and stakes that are used on the property. Once the items have been sanded then they are taken to our paint booth and re-painted for the upcoming year.

Here is an area where we do some of the sanding work. The only thing that really keeps it up beat is the music that the guys all listen too all winter.

Here are some items that have been sanded and painted. They look awesome once the guys have them done.

All of our traffic signs were made here on site and at times need to be refurbished. Craig Connell is doing that tasks this winter and here are some examples of his work in progress. He is doing a great job on them.

Our 2 superintendents Nate Tegtmeier and Tim Sims are very busy planning the flower beds for each golf course and club house areas. They are also taking on the task of building and sand blasting the new tee signs for the South course along with the yardage plates on the tees.

I am very happy that I am surrounded by such a talented group of professionals. Remember that every time we have any snow or ice these guys have to drop what they are doing and tend to the cleaning of driveways, sidewalks and shoveling the snow around the dome. Hopefully we have a short winter and we are back on the golf courses in March.