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New Sod

If you have played the West Course recently, you may have noticed we are adding new sod in strategic areas.  Many of the turf surfaces in our green and tee surrounds have large patches of bentgrass and poa annua that has encroached into our rough areas over the years.  These grasses are not desirable at [...]

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Fan on Four

If you have played golf on the West Course in the past few days, you might of noticed a giant fan blowing air across 4 green.  The turf maintenance team installed the fan to help generate air movement in an otherwise very stagnant and muggy corner of the golf course.  Air movement is an extremely important [...]

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The Dog Days of Summer

The current weather pattern seems to truly be the dog days of summer.  The cumulative effect of the high heat, humidity, and occasional thunderstorm over the past month have started to take a toll on the turf.  This summer has had high disease pressure on the surface coupled with above average daytime and nighttime temps taking a [...]

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2016 Turf Team

  Click on picture to enlarge       As we head into the home stretch of another summer season, I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the work of this years Turf Maintenance team.  The team members from left to right with years of service in parentheses. (Front Row):  Joe Zangari (33), Sam [...]

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It’s Hot Outside And So Is The Turf

 The HCC Turf Maintenance team is busy trying to keep the turf cool in what seems like an unending heat wave.  The excessive heat can have many negative effects on turf including disease, root decline, and thinning turf due to traffic and high temperatures.  In order to combat the heat, we are taking many preventative [...]

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Why artificial mats are used on Driving Ranges

I wanted to post this short video released by the USGA that does a nice job describing the need for artificial mats on the driving range tee.  It also describes some best practices for taking divots on the driving range tees to promote recovery.  We appreciate your help to keep the driving range looking green.   [...]

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Busy Bees

Just wanted to give a quick update on the HCC Bee’s.  Since they took up residence at HCC in April, the bee population has quadrupled in size and is thriving.  Ben Gotwalt, the HCC resident Bee Keeper has added 3 more boxes to each hive to accommodate the growing population.  The queen bees have been busy laying [...]

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How Can I Prevent Summer Stress On My Home Lawn?

Now that it is officially summer and the heat is starting to ramp up, I often times get questions about how to keep your lawn green all summer long.  There are a few basic tips that will help cut down on summer stress on your yard. 1.  Raise your mowing height.  No need to be [...]

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Expanded Stepcut Around Greens on East Course

In addition to expanding some landing areas on East Course Fairways, we are now in the process of creating a larger stepcut around the greens.  We are expanding the intermediate cut around the greens by 3 feet.  The reason for the expansion is to help the East Course play closer to the way it was [...]

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Grass Paver Cart Path Intalled

The Grass paver cart path has been installed on 4 West.  The new turf will take a couple of weeks to establish and then we will start routing cart traffic to the right side of the hole.  

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Mosqutio Control

There have been many stories in the news recently related to mosquitos and controlling mosquitos because of the threat of the Zika Virus.  I wanted to write a post to let members know about measures we are taking at HCC to be proactive in reducing our mosquito populations.  We have already applied a biological control product [...]

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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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