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Sand Added to West Course Bunkers

The course maintenance team has started to add sand to the west course bunkers.  We started on the greenside on 18 and moved to the greenside on hole 1.  We will be adding sand to numerous bunkers throughout the course over the next few weeks.  The goal of the project is to get a consistent depth [...]

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East Course Tee Project Update

East Course Tee Project Update

The East Course tee construction project has started.  I will be updating the blog with pictures as the tees go under construction. On number 1 Tee the current forward tee is being expanded and a new forward tee is being constructed on the left side of the fairway.  Here are some pictures of the current [...]

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Greens Update

Now that the snow is gone, I wanted to take this opportunity to give an update on the Greens on each course. There is no doubt this was one of the harshest winters in the Northeast in many years, and it definitely took its toll on the Poa Annua in the greens.  As many of [...]

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Turf Maintenance Facility Renovation Complete

Check out the before and after video of the completed shop renovation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRQvtGxMtMk

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Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

Ice on 6 East The polar vortex may be gone, but severe ice still remains on the East greens. This afternoon the turf maintenace team was out breaking up the ice on the greens. This should aid in being able to golfer sooner, but also is good for the plant health. Severe ice caused from [...]

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HCC Turf Maintenance Facility Gets a Facelift

During these slow snowy days in December, the HCC Turf Maintenance facility is busy being renovated to be more energy efficient and accommodating to our staff. We are increasing the size of the break room by removing an interior wall, and remodeling the bathroom with new water saving fixtures. New LED energy efficient lighting with [...]

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Planting Trees on the West Course

Next time you are out on the West Course take a look around for some of the new trees that are being planted on the course. Over the next few weeks we will be planting about 85 trees throughout the course. We have selected a variety of different Maples, Elms, Cherries, Firs, Ginkgos, and Beech [...]

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East Course Turf Nursery

This past spring the decision was made by our turf maintenance staff to reclaim an old turf nursery location on hole #6 of the East Course. This area once contained fine turf available for harvest to use on the golf courses here at Hershey Country Club. Several years ago once all the turf was harvested, [...]

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Annual Bluegrass Weevil Damage

During the recent heat wave, patches of dead turf have been noticed on The Hershey Country Club’s West Course fairways. At first glance it may look like heat stress and lack of water, but under further examination populations of annual bluegrass weevils were found in these areas. Annual bluegrass weevils (ABW) become active in spring [...]

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Why is there brown grass on the putting green?

This is a question you may be asking your self while practicing your putting game before your round at Hershey Country Club. When first established the putting green outside the golf shop entrance was a mono stand of creeping bentgrass. Over time another variety of grass has invaded the putting green, creating what looks like a [...]

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Pond on Hole #18 East Course

The reason why the pond level is so low on hole eighteen of the East Course is related to irrigation pump issues. When the East Course irrigation system was brought back up early this year, we noticed debris clogging our irrigation heads. When we further diagnosed this situation, we came to find out that debris had been sucked up into our irrigation system intake [...]

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Penn State Turf Research Plots at Hershey Links

As you play golf at the Links this year, you might notice some white markings on 10 and 14 fairways. You will also see them on the practice chipping green at the lower driving range tee. These areas have been marked off by the plant pathology department at Penn State University to conduct research trials [...]

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East Course Fairways

East Course Fairways

If you were out to play the East Course at the Hershey Country Club this spring, you may have noticed that the fairways were an odd color. This is due to the fact that they were treated with prograss, a selective herbicide. This application was made to the East Course fairways in late fall of 2012, with [...]

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West Course Aerification

We will be aerating the West Course greens and tees on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Aerification provides many health benefits to the turf, allowing us to maintain quality playing surfaces through out the summer.

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