Cups are down

Just a quick update. Ive installed a foam noodle at the end of the pin. You should be able to pick that ball out with your fingers and not touch the pin or cup. Ive already received some feedback from a few players yesterday. Ill cut the noodles a little shorter so the ball may fall easier into the cup. There is a USGA update on putting when you are in a five foot radius. Please ask Scott for the exact ruling as he will be starting back next friday.

As a friendly reminder please abide by the guidelines in place. Please stay at least six feet away from your playing partner. Do not congregate in groups in the parking lot or on the tees. A few courses in Connecticut have already been shut down because they were not abiding by the guidelines.

We have cleaned up half the course of winter debris so we are making good progress. The greens are a little slow right now but you should see an improvement in ball roll in the next two weeks. Ill go into more detail about this in a post next week.

Stay safe and healthy!

Cups are Up!

The season is kicking off a little early this year! We will be open for walkers on Saturday. Typically we open the weekend of the Masters but nothing is really normal at all lately.

The cups are aboveground so once the ball has touched the cup you are deemed to have holed out.

Please do not touch the flagstick or the cup! Its my understanding that you can use your foot to give yourself a better lie in the bunkers. This is a good question for our Golf Pro when he is back on property. Till then just go out and enjoy the course.

The course is still a little rough around the edges. The next few weeks will concentrate on picking up all the sticks and winter debris. We will start mowing tees, approaches and fairways once these areas are cleaned up. Overall its in pretty good shape as ive encounted alot worse coming out of the winter.

The tee blocks will be put out once they are refurbished. Its my understanding that rounds will not count towards your handicap so for the time being please tee it up where you like.

Ill end this with some great news! We have passed the Outreach and Education section for ACSP. Our very last step is to submit an environmental case study and a site visit by Audubon International to attest for certification. I will send the case study in this week and set a time up for a site visit this summer. Once certified we will be the only nine hole course in Connecticut to be designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf.

See you out in the fairways!

Back to the Grind

I walked the golf course yesterday and the property looks pretty good! We experienced some minor flooding and wind storms that has left us some spring cleaning. Ive seen alot worse at this time of the year so being fairly clean is a positive way to start the season.

The staff and I will start on March 16th. The first few weeks we prepare all of our equipment for the season. Since we are a seasonal operation this our time to make sure the equipment does not fail us in season. This entails changing hydraulic, oil, and anti freeze fluids, belts and bearings are checked and replaced if worn. In addition all of our small power equipment needs to be tuned up and ready to go. Its a team effort by the crew as we methodically work through all our equipment and this ensures a smooth ride for the rest of the season.

The turfgrass on the course is still dormant and sporting their winter coats. Everything looks normal for this time of year. The greens and tees are firm but the fairways are pretty soft.

It will take consecutive warm and windy days for the fairways to dry out and firm up. More importantly is the soil temperatures are still very cold. Cold soils drain slower than warm ones. Also with no fairway drainage we are really at the mercy of mother nature.

Its been a very mild winter and March is still very capable of delivering inclement weather. Ill look to reevaluate course conditions the week of the 16th and if possible project an opening day for walkers depending on the long range weather forecast. In a “normal” winter we typically open for walkers April 10th. In a few rare instances we have opened in March. Lets hope Mother Nature continues to be kind and we can get out and hit the links.

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.