Tis The Season For Frost

As the leaves change color and temperatures continue to get cooler, frost delays become more common. Frost can be unpredictable, and will often times form right at sunrise. This can cause a delay to the first tee time even though there did not appear to be a frost as you traveled to the golf course. [...]

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How Are The Foxes Doing?

If you remember last year about this time I was writing a blog to inform you of the new family of foxes we had living on 13 West.  I frequently get asked about the HCC foxes, so I thought now would be a good time to give an update.  It appears most of the pups from [...]

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New Cartpath on 4 West

As most of you know, since the old chocolate factory closed, hole number 4 has become increasingly wet because of the reduced amount of water being pumped from the underground aquifer to cool the chocolate factory.  This has created some problems with our current cart path and how the hole plays within the rules of [...]

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HCC Honey Bees

This past Saturday HCC became a happy home for about 10,000 honey bees.  We have added 2 new honey bee boxes on the West Course between 11 tee and 12 green.  Ben Gotwalt, Asst. Superintendent West, has put in a great deal of time to learn about the bees and is excited to be our resident bee keeper. Why [...]

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What Should I be Doing to My Yard?

As the weather finally starts to turn a little warmer more consistently, many people want to get out and get their yard looking nice for the year.  One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is:  When should I apply my Weed and Feed?  The answer is now!  Weeds are starting to actively grow [...]

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The Timeline of Poa Seed Head Control

It is that time of the year when many golfers are happy with  the firm and fast greens coming out of winter, but the turf maintenance team is already thinking about the next annual event in the cycle of Poa greens which is the dreaded seed head season.  Seed heads are produced annually by the Poa [...]

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Under The Covers

Last week was a nice prelude to Spring. Unfortunately that weather has not continued this week, but it did give the turf maintenance team a chance to get out on the courses and remove the turf covers that we applied in December and January.  We were also able to get all the fine turf mowed [...]

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Preparing The Golf Course For Winter

I hope many of you have enjoyed the warm November and got a few more rounds in before the weather turns too cold.  I recently attended a turf conference where a meteorologist spoke to the long range forecast for the winter.  His forecast was that the back half of this winter could shape up to be [...]

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Managing Trees on the Golf Course

Over the last several years we have lost several trees due to storm damage and trees declining for various reasons.  In the past two years we have started planting some new trees to replace the several that have been removed.  I wanted to post this video from the USGA to show some of the impact trees can [...]

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Storm Damage Pics from 10/28/15

Here is what the golf course looked like this morning with major flooding and a massive lightning strike on 17 West:                                              

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Why Is There a Frost Delay?

Below is a link to a short video from the USGA that explains the need for frost delays:   http://www.usga.org/videos/2015/03/13/frost-delays-and-turfgrass-health.html

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New Willow Trees on East Course

Hole 16 on the East Course received 3 new willow trees last week.  If you look at the picture below that was taken 12 years ago, you notice the willow trees were full and there was 1 more than there is now.  Currently the willow trees to the right of the green are in serious [...]

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Tee Expansion on #4 West and 10 Forward Tee West

Recently the Turf Maintenance team has been taking advantage of the cooler weather to complete a few tee expansion projects on the West Course.  The goal of the projects is to increase the amount of teeing area to reduce wear patterns that develop on some of the smaller tees.  For example, on the middle tee [...]

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Home Lawn Tip – Now Is The Time to Repair Your Lawn From Summer Damage

If your home lawn has gone south in the last month, you are not alone.  The month of September was a tough month to grow grass and many home lawns will need some repair work to be done to them.  Now is the time to do that work.  Many homeowners make the mistake of waiting [...]

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Seeding Stepcuts on the West Course

If you have played the West Course in the last two weeks you may have noticed some of the stepcuts around the fairways have thinned out in some areas.  There are a few contributing factors to this thinning.  As I talked about in my last post, many of the fairway edges became drought stressed due [...]

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