Mid winter Update

The longer days and recent mild weather had me thinking of golf,spring, and working on the course. The staff and I will be back on the property in the middle of March. The golf course is in good shape and there have been no floods which is a common occurance during the winter.

The only other news i have is that my labrador Seamus passed away from cancer. Its been a difficult period but i have alot of cherished memories of him on the golf course.

Ill update again in March after the turgrass conference and trade show in Providence.

Green vertical mowing update

We have removed a large amount of organic matter in the upper profile of the green. Once the sand gets worked in it will firm up the greens for next season. The sand will also protect the crown of the plant during the cold winter.

Monday did not go as I planned and thats just a normal day managing a golf course. Artistitic Irrigation showed up without notice to blow out the irrigation system. He had to blow water on the greens that we had topdressed and since the sand was wet we could not work it into the turf canopy.

At the moment 1,5,7,8,9 greens have sand on them and are unplayable. As soon as the frost burns off i will verticut the 2nd and 3rd greens and we will topdress those as well. Once the sand dries later this morning we will work the sand into the greens and open them back up. Our goal today is to completely finish all the greens and put the pins back in.

Sorry about the inconvenience but it was circumstances beyond my control.

The course will remain open for walkers if you would like to brave the elements. I will keep the pins in until there is a forecast for a prolonged hard freeze.

Thats a wrap

This blog will be infrequently updated from now till next March. If something noteworthy happens i will be sure to share with the membership.

We received well over a inch of rain yesterday and more heavy rain is expected this week. I feel that this will close out any chance of carts for the remainder of the season.

The staff and I will be around for the next few weeks putting the course and all our equipment to bed for the season. We are pulling the tee blocks and other golf course accesories today. The pins will remain in for the next 6 weeks for members wishing to walk and play. We will not be maintaining the greens at all going forward. Letting the greens get a little “shaggy” helps the plants store carbohydrates for the long cold winter.

Next week i hope we have a few dry days to perform an important cultural practice. We will deeply vertical mow the greens, apply sand, then solid tine the green profile. This will help mitigate thatch and also provide channels for water to percolate down.

We had a really nice fall to work on the golf course and we accomplished alot of important cultural practices that will set us up for a succesful 2020 season. Thanks for all the positive comments this year and Im looking forward to seeing you all next season!

Course Open/No carts

That was quite a storm! Two inches of rain and high winds have made the course an absolute disaster. Mother nature did some serious limb pruning on all our trees. We will be raking up sticks and branches for the remainder of our season.

The growing season has come to a conclusion. We will mow fairways, tees, and approaches only one or two more times this year. Next week we will start a deep vertical mowing on the greens. We will then topdress the greens and then solid tine them. In effect we are putting them to bed for the year.

Please call the pro shop this weekend to see if carts are available. I will reevaluate course conditions tomorrow morning.

Frost Delay

Its 29 degrees as of 7:15 am. Play will be suspended until 10 am.

Cart traffic and or foot traffic can be lethal to grass that has frost. Ice crystals inside the plant will puncture the cell walls and cell organs when subjugated to traffic. It will turn black and wont fully recover until the next season. If overnight lows are in the 30s with no wind frost delays are to be expected. Please plan on playing at 9:30 or 10am.

The weather this past September was none like we have experienced in many seasons. The golf course has been in phenomenal shape with gorgeous weather to play golf.

Recently we have focused our efforts on leaf clean up and less on normal routine maintenance. We have been mowing the playing surfaces on a as needed basis so fairways, tees, and approaches are a little less manicured this time of year. The growth on the greens have slowed down considerably and we are mowing them every other day.

I am planning to dethatch the greens the week of October 21st. We will perform a deep vertical mowing followed by a heavy application of sand. That will be followed by a solid tine aerfication to create sand channels into the greens for better rooting. Please check the blog for exact dates and timelines which will be dictated by weather.

The staff and i have 5-6 weeks left on the property and we are starting to break down the course as well as the property. The coolers and divot boxes have been put away for the season. Benches, ballwashers, and other accessories will be stored in the near future. The tennis courts will be broken down soon. Tennis play can continue until Putnam takes up the nets and lines.

Still plenty of good golf as the season starts to wind down. Hope to see you out in the fairways!

Lean and Mean

The weather has been spectacular the past few weeks with ideal conditions to play golf. The greens have been on the dry side and with very little nitrogen inputs they have been lean and mean.

We have taken advantage of this great weather to complete a number of important cultural practices. We finished aerating all the tees and fairways. We aerated lower 8 fairway for a second time this year as well as the rough on the right side as you play the hole. This week we are aerating green collars and approaches.

Fall is the best time to apply post emergent herbicides. The warm soil temperatures and cooler daytime temperatures improves efficacy. I applied herbicides to our green complexes and tee slopes. This should reduce the amount of broad-leaf and annual weeds next season.

I finally received word from ACSP for golf that we have successfully completed the program. The last part of certification requires a representative of ACSP to make a site visit and attest to our environmental stewardship. Id like to thank White Memorial Foundation, Local Boy Scout Troop, Fran Devlin and Vince McDermott for all their hard work in helping to reach our goals.

We had a back to back light frosts last week and we can expect frost in the future. Calm nites in the mid to low 30s will result in frost and play being suspended until 930 or 10 am. Please plan accordingly.

Hope everyone is enjoying this indian summer. Hope to see you out in the fairways!