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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Ryegrass on Driving Range Tees

Recently you may have noticed the back members tee on the driving range has been closed for maintenance.  During that time the turf team aerified the tee, topdressed with sand, and overseeded with ryegrass.  Most of these are cultural practices that we do each year, but the ryegrass is something new to the driving range [...]

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Cicada Killers on the Golf Course

Cicada Killers on the Golf Course

About this time every year we receive many inquiries regarding the wasps on the golf course.  This year is no different.  There is a general concern for the large fearsome looking insects that are flying around and burrowing holes in banks throughout the golf course.  These insects are Cicada Killers, and although they look dangerous, they are not [...]

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Climate Is What We Expect, Weather Is What We Get

Here is a great article the USGA published this week that relates to our blog post last week about turf rooting.  The article has some great pictures that illustrate how roots on greens become shallow in the late summer and how hand watering is needed to nurse the greens through this period of shallow roots.   http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/regional-updates/northeast-region/climate-is-what-we-expect–weather-is-what-we-get.html

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How can there be drought stress with all the rain we had? Turf Roots

As we continue to move through the dog days of summer, many of you may notice some brown spots and drought stress starting to show up on the golf courses primarily on the edges of the fairways.  The question many may be wondering is:  ”How can there be drought stress with all the rain we have [...]

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2015 Turf Maintenance Team

Left to Right (Years of Service in Parentheses) First Row:  Jermaine Crosson, Caleb Koval, Trevor Marlin, Nick Lonardi, Chris Feagley, Ian Ellenberger (3), Austin Hilsher, Shane Herbe Second Row:  Aaron Snyder (8), Ben Gotwalt (1.5), Nate Roeting (9), Trent Daggett, Mitch Rodkey, Dave Boger(3), Colby Murray, Jason Moffit, Joe Zangari (32), Josh Gepfer (12), Greg Bashore (38), Matt Malick [...]

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Course Conditions Update and Event Planning

Course Conditions Update and Event Planning

What a terrific 3 days for golf this weekend and an exciting Member/Guest event.  I hope everybody that participated had an awesome experience.  I wanted to take a minute to talk about some of the course maintenance planning that goes into an event like the Member/Guest and the upcoming Club Championship.  The condition of the greens [...]

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USGA Update on Wet Conditions and Fungicides Recalled

The link below is a Northeast Regional update from the USGA.  We had 8 inches of rain in the month of June in Hershey and we are already at 3.25 inches for July so we can certainly relate to the wet conditions and challenges associated with them.  The article also touches on a recent fungicide contamination [...]

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Hand watering and Syringing Greens

Here is a short video from the USGA that does a great job explaining hand watering and syringing practices on greens.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTJxya5tVk&feature=youtu.be&list=PLnU5qUEfww3cOAU8iTQTUpF5S4UqhXJka

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How Green Speed and Slope Can Impact Hole Locations

Here is a great 5 minute video from the USGA that discusses some of the factors that go into selecting hole locations and how green speed and slope can impact those locations.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaVsSNJ-5Xc&feature=youtu.be&t=6s

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Bunker Maintenance

One of the most frequent questions we get about daily course conditions is about bunker conditions.  Ultimately, our goal is to provide firm, smooth, and consistent playing conditions in all the bunkers at HCC.  Take a moment to view 2 videos from the USGA that I have linked to this article that explain the many maintenance practices and challenges [...]

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Winter Damage: You are Probably Not Alone

  Interesting article from the USGA about the large amount of winter kill on golf courses in the northeast region. http://www.usga.org/course-care/regional-updates/northeast-region/winter-damage–you-re-probably-not-alone.html  

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New Birdhouses on Golf Courses and a Fox Family

You might notice some new birdhouses on the golf courses.  These birdhouses were built by students of the Milton Hershey School with a little guidance from the turf maintenance team.  Recently, the Milton Hershey students from the Rialto House visited the turf maintenance facility for a tour of the facility and to learn about some of [...]

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Footgolf… … … A whole new ball game!

There’s a new buzz word circling around the Turf Maintenance department this Spring.  Footgolf. This April, Spring Creek Golf Course will introduce footgolf as a way of reaching out to a new market of potential golfers.  Footgolf is a relatively new sport that has been growing in popularity throughout the country.  Players will kick a [...]

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New Drainage on 6 West and Creek Restoration

Over the course of the last few weeks, the course maintenance team has been busy fixing and adding drainage near the end of #6 fairway.  As the drainage project was progressing we were able to use left over soil from the drainage project to fill in holes along the creek that had eroded over the years.  [...]

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