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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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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How Dry Are We??

  I am sure by now many of your home lawns are starting to look like straw from the 20 days of high heat and no rain.  We are trying to keep the golf courses as green as we can with the irrigation systems, but there is no doubt it is an up hill battle.  [...]

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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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