Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Punxsutawney Phil Was Wrong.....

On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and that is supposed to mean 6 more weeks of winter. Well, I would have to say he was wrong this year. A brief summary of the tasks completed the past 7 days
  • Monday-- Rolled/mowed greens for their first cut of the year
  • Tuesday-- Mowed fairways and approaches
  • Wednesday-- OPENED THE GOLF COURSE, Mowed greens, changed cups, restored bunkers
  • Thursday-- Mowed tees and collars
  • Friday-- Mowed greens
  • Saturday-- Snowed of course, temperatures drop 40+ degrees from Friday
The golf course has begun to green up quickly over the past week. The pictures below were taken yesterday (February 27th) by our Assistant Golf Course Superintendent Matt Sliepka and his drone.

The golf course has responded very well to the early Spring like weather. As the soil temperatures begin to rise, the plant responds with pushing new roots and shoots growth. The image below illustrates the growth pattern of Cool Season Grasses. Spring growth is an integral part of preparing for the stressful summer months. As we continue to get closer to Summer, the Agronomy staff will be busy pushing new plant growth via fertilizer, topdressing, and aerification.


The newly renovated bunkers made it through Winter with minimal washouts. We restored 26 greenside bunkers all in a half day's work. The picture below illustrates the front green side on #5 and how well it took on mother nature this winter.

We are extremely satisfied with state of the bunkers and look forward to completing the greenside bunkers on 14,15 & 16 this Spring. The bonus of minimal washouts in the bunkers has allowed the crew to spend more time where it's needed most, ON THE GOLF COURSE!!!

The crew took advantage of the rainy day this morning and began edging cart path's.

We have begun to cut out the Poa Annua from the putting greens. A pocket knife works great for popping out the weed. The Poa is very easy to find right now so we are taking advantage of the early Spring and cutting it out before the plant has a chance to seed. Sagamore takes great pride in it's Poa free playing surfaces, this is another step taken to ensure a pure 100% monostand of Creeping Bentgrass.

As golfers have been given bonus golf in February, remember the turf is still waking up and needs your help to prepare for the stressful Summer months. As a friendly reminder, please limit unnecessary stresses on the golf course, ie repair ball marks, replace divots, and utilize the 90 degree cart rule by staying on the path until you reach your golf ball. Thanks again. We're looking forward to another great season!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Bunker Renovation Recap

Well today officially marks the first day of Winter. I'm assuming I'm not the only one who feels as though Winter has been here for a while, not just one day. The unseasonably warm Autumn set a record number of rounds played for the month of November and even a few brave (or crazy) golfers snuck in a few rounds early in December before the course closed for the season. We took advantage of the weather as well and were able to move forward with Phase 3 of the Bunker Renovations. Below recaps the 2016 Bunker Renovations and where we stand heading into 2017.

 The number of bunkers that were completed on the course in 2016. Which includes the following holes-- 3,4,6,7,8,11,13,16,17,18.

The number of bunkers left to finish #16. The approach bunker just needs sand. The Back Right (golfers right) bunker needs a few yards of Capillary Concrete along with sand and we will be good to go.

The picture below illustrates the green side bunkers being renovated this Fall on #16

The number of bunkers we began to excavate this Fall. We have removed the sand from the green side bunker on 15, as well as the green sides on 14. The removal of sand should give us a great jump start to the Spring. Upon completion of 14, 15, & 16, All of the green side bunkers will be completed on the course, except for #2. My staff along with the assistance of Landscapes Unlimited and their design team will be working on developing a plan for this bunker in the off season. The 2017 Bunker Renovation plan is in the process of being finalized and will update accordingly.

The video below illustrates just exactly how quick water pushes through the Capillary Concrete. The final step before we add sand to the bunkers is to ensure the CC was installed correctly and has proper flow leaving the bunker.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Golf Course Update

First off, I'd like to welcome everyone back to the course to enjoy the 2016 golf season. The picture above was taken this morning with our longest tenured employee Antonio Mejia, mowing #8 green for his 10th season in 2016!!!!! We are very fortunate to have brought back a large portion of our crew from prior years and we're off and running!!!


Unfortunately it seems as though every blog post includes a reminder to repair your ball marks. The picture above was taken on number 2 green this morning. All of the ball marks were within 10 feet of the cup. There were over 200 ball marks repaired on the golf course this morning from Friday's play alone. I can only hope this trend finds a way to go the other direction. When repairing your ball mark, please repair yours and one other!!!!!!! Please and thank you!!!!


The second phase of our bunker renovations has begun. The picture above illustrates the right green side bunker being prepped for the Capillary Concrete install next week. We will be installing Capillary Concrete in the green side bunkers on holes 4,6, & 8 the upcoming week. We will be renovating a total of 12 bunkers this spring including holes 3, 11, & 13 green sides in the coming weeks.


The south end practice tee will be receiving a strip of synthetic turf this coming Monday. The mats will give the practice facilities a much needed break during times of recovery. We will use the mats for outside golf events, junior clinics, and will be most utilized in the late Fall and early Spring to allow proper recovery to ensure the tee's are in prime condition for the core golf season.


We will be aerating the greens with a 3/8" solid tine this up and coming Monday. The extended forecast looks like prime time conditions to give the greens a much needed shot of fresh oxygen along with sand and nutrients. We anticipate a full recovery in 7-10 days.


The sudden wave of warmer temperatures has caused an algae bloom on the ponds on holes 3 & 4. There is a scheduled pond treatment application for this coming Monday.


Hard to imagine it snowed a week ago today?!?!?!?!?! Crazy stretch of weather we have had to jump start the golf season. We're looking forward to a great home stretch to Spring and an even better Summer!! Thanks again.

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