Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bunker renovation update

The bunker renovation project has begun, unfortunately the untimely rains have made this type of work challenging. This weekend we have continued our efforts and have accomplished quite a bit. The green side bunkers on #10, #11, #12 and #14, #15 and #16 are ready for drainage and sand can be installed. This week we hope to have the rest of the green side bunkers on the back side done to the point where new drainage can be installed and we would like to have our first delivery of sand on property. Here are a few pictures of the project.

Right hand bunker on 14 ready for tile and sand
Temporary trench dug to divert water away from bunker
Old drain trenches cleaned out ready for new drainage

#12 bunker ready for drainage

10 right side bunker old drain tile removed

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bunker Renovation update

Metamora Golf and Country Club  is going to perform a two phase bunker renovation project starting this April and we hope to have this first phase completed in May. The reason for the two phases is a complete renovation can take a while to complete especially when doing it ourselves and not contracting the work out. We want to make the bunkers better now and give us the time to complete phase two later. Right now our bunkers need a quick fix to make them better. This first phase will consist of removing all the current sand and contaminates from the bunkers and repair any drainage that is bad. After this process is completed new sand will be added to all the bunkers. Below are some pictures of bad drainage that must be repaired during this phase. When this phase is completed the bunkers will perform very well  and will give us the needed time to complete phase 2.

The second phase will begin at a later date and this will consist of a complete renovation which will require a lot more time on each bunker. This phase will include some minor reshaping, a better drainage system and a sod lining system to reduce sand contamination during rain events. This type of renovation was performed on the green side bunkers of holes #1 and #4. This phase is explained in greater detail in the bunkers label.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Course Update

With the roller coaster of a winter and the rise of temperatures the past couple of weeks I have been able to spend a lot of time out on the course. As of right now all of the playing surfaces look really good. There is a lot of debris, some from the ongoing winter, but a lot from trees we have taken down. Our efforts right now will be picking up this debris.

Trees removed on 10 to provide better playing surfaces
Downed cottonwoods behind 12 green

Dormant bentgrass in 12 fairway
Dormant bent with some poa greening up

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Driving Range tee and golf course update.

The maintenance staff has added 3 irrigation heads to the driving range which will cover the tee expansion and the sloped grass area around the driving range tee. We have removed the cart path and the tee expansion will provide over 4,500 square feet of teeing space. 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 in the top inch or so (sandy) and hydro-seeding is the most effective way to successfully plant grass seed in this type of soil. The mulch that goes in the hydro seeding mix retains moisture, during and after the germination of the seed. We have also stock piled aeration plugs, that have been decomposing for a couple of seasons that will provide the base for the teeing surface itself. We will be seeding the teeing surface with creeping bentgrass. We hope to have the expansion done by the end of next 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. This activity does not disrupt play in anyway and once the green is mowed or rolled you can't even tell we did anything.

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

Adding irrigation lines
Head and swing joint attached to pipe

Teeing surface being leveled
The size of Creeping bentgrass seed

Needle tines on greens
Putting surface after we roll

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

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.