Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Driving Range tee and golf course update.

The maintenance staff has added 3 irrigation heads which will cover the tee expansion and the sloped grass area around the driving range tee. We have decided to hydro-seed the slope that surrounds the tee expansion. Hydro-seeding is done with a machine that spreads seed, fertilizer and mulch to the selected area. The soil along the slope is very loose (gravely-like) and hydro-seeding is the most effective way to successfully plant grass seed in this type of soil. We have stock piled aeration plugs, that have been decomposing for a couple of seasons that will provide the base for the teeing surface itself. We hope to have the expansion done by the end of the week. It will take several weeks to have this area open, but will be a great addition to the existing range tee.


If you have played golf in the past two weeks you may have noticed really small holes in the greens. These holes are caused by small tines on our aerator that are referred to as needle tines or venting tines. This type of aeration provides oxygen and nutrients to the root zone during the season with very, minimal disruption. This process also allows for some compaction relief and helps the breakdown of unwanted organic matter. I would like to perform this activity monthly and in conjunction to our topdressing program.

Below are some pictures to help explain what we are doing.
















Sunday, June 5, 2016

Course update



Every spring a flush of growth in turf occurs, it is evident by all the seeds the bluegrasses produce this time of year. This flush of growth is triggered by rising soil temperatures. We are not neglecting the roughs, the grass just grows really fast this time a year and it's very difficult to keep up with it. Certain areas of the golf course like greens, tees and fairways we will treat with growth regulators in routine sprays, but it's not feasible to apply them to our roughs.












Snapping turtles begin to move around the first week of June to lay their eggs. They like to lay eggs in easy digging soils and bunkers make very good spots for them.  Snapping turtles can get pretty large and can inflict a very painful and damaging bite.  For the safety of yourselves and these impressive turtles, it is best to leave them alone.




We finally got the drainage and the sod liner installed in the bunker left of #1 green.  Please do not hit golf shots from inside the bunker. For the sod liner to work, sod needs to stay in place, divots can lead to liner failing in the divot area. These areas are marked ground under repair, so please remove ball and take your free drop outside of the bunkers. The sand will be added once the sod knits together and forms a solid barrier. For more information please follow this link

http://www.metamoragolf.blogspot.com/2015/11/step-by-step-of-bunker-renovation.html



In the coming days, we will be adding the irrigation to the driving range tee expansion. We will need to add almost 200 feet of irrigation line, 3 full circle irrigation heads and enough wire to get us to the controller in the back the driving range.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Golf Course Update

If we can ever get consistent weather, more people can enjoy this property as much as myself and our staff does. The staff has been busy getting the course into summer shape. Besides our daily mowing activities, we have sprayed all herbicides for broad leaf weeds, and we have edged all the distant markers. The flower beds are also getting weeded and mulched and we plan to finish the bunker on #1 and add sand to the other renovated bunkers within the coming weeks.  Drainage is also being updated to improve playability in some ares and our equipment manager has been busy too putting new lights on some of the equipment. Below are a few pictures for you to enjoy.


Flower bed at #13 tee turn around


Flower bed behind #13 ladies tee

#14 fairway looking back toward tees

View from #10 white tee

Eagle eye LED light bulbs

LED lights mounted to greens roller

View of #18 fairway

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Check Plot on the 15th putting green

Golf course superintendent's have to treat all areas of the golf course to provide the best possible playing conditions. These treatments consist of fertilizers, pesticides, and wetting agents. With certain products it is a good idea to create what is known as a check plot. Check plots can give you an idea of how well products are working for you. In the pictures below I have created a check plot on our 15th putting green. I created this particular check plot by laying down a piece of plywood in the same place every time this green is treated. You can see in the pictures below what has happened to this area over time.

March 29th notice how green everything was coming out of winter
April 14th notice how yellow everything looked after frost and cold weather



April 17th starting to see effect of first fertility application
April 27th spraying second fertility spray


Effects of second fertility spray April 30th
After third fertility spray on May 5th


Closer look at the check plot, photo taken on May 7th




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Spring Irrigation start-up

Every spring we start up the irrigation system at Metamora Golf and Country Club. Unlike fall when we remove the water with a large air compressor we fill the entire system with water. It typically takes us an entire day to fill the system with water and get things under operating pressure. In the spring, soils are soft and if you rush the start up, pipe, fitting and heads can move and leaks can be the result. Several days are then spent removing air, testing the irrigation satellites and the sprinkler heads themselves. Another thing I like to do is inspect isolation valves. These valves are used to shut off water to certain areas of the golf course so repairs can be made with out shutting down the entire system. We also use spring time to make sure we are stocked with the proper repair parts, when leaks or other problems with the system arise. Below are several pictures.


Leak from late last fall being dug for repair
Isolation valve top being cleaned


Valve boxes leveled
Sprinkler heads on #13 being tested






Broken valve box removed




New valve box instillation
Irrigation parts inventory