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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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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Why do some lawns have more snow mold than others?

Below is a link to a recent article from the Penn State Turfgrass department regarding snow mold in home lawns.  I know many home lawns have a generally brown look coming out of this tough winter.  The speed of the spring green up is directly related to soil temperatures.  As the soil  temperatures rise with higher air temperatures [...]

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Hershey Country Club Golf Courses Recertified by Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program

(Hershey, PA – March 25, 2015) – Both the East and West courses of Hershey Country Club have been recertified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for the next three years as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, a branch of Audubon International. To obtain certification, courses [...]

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Turf Maintenance Team Receives Professional Chain Saw Training

On the chilly morning of March 18, the Stihl Company came to the turf maintenance center and provided the team with a 2 hour live chain saw training session.  The session provided many key safety factors about safely running a chain saw and proper cutting techniques for cutting down trees.  This was a fantastic opportunity for [...]

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Snow Blowing Greens!!

Just in case there was any doubt, the turf maintenance team is as anxious for the snow to be gone as anybody. (See video link at the end of the post) We are out removing snow from the greens to try to create channels for the melting water to escape the green surface.  Since the soil is still frozen, [...]

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