Friday, February 26, 2010
Pictured below is assistant Mike and Russ chopping away. Mike had already completed a great deal of cutting around the base of the tree. Now it was time to work up a little higher.
$ 296.13. Average over the last 4 years was $ 1363 with low of $ 927 last year to a high of $ 1686 in 2007. Total expense from 11-12-09 thru 2-16-10 $ 809.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We attempt to make this application anytime in February on a sunny day when the turf is firm enough for the sprayer to drive on without damaging the fairways and when the temperature is near or above freezing.
Poa annua can become actively growing very quickly with sunny days and temperatures above freezing. As it becomes active and starts to grow, the Roundup will do its work and kill the plant. The preemergent will create a barrier for crabgrass and goosegrass. Most home owners will apply this material toward the end of March through mid-April through a fertilizer spreader or sprayed by a lawn care company. We will begin applications on our rough in this time frame as well. We will also spray our zoysia tees and some of our green surrounds that are solid zoysia/bermuda. Our cool season green surrounds will be sprayed with just the preemergent only because the non-selective will selectively kill our fescue/bluegrass/poa surrounds if we had it mixed in the tank.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I know we have a number of members who have served in our Armed Forces. I caught this clip regarding former golfer and now commentator David Feherty from CBS. A great tribute for those of you who have served or if you know someone that has served or is currently serving our country.
David Feherty becomes a US Citizen
David Feherty in Dallas Morning News.
Turgrasses have been developed that resist disease, insects and can withstand higher and lower temperatures. Plant protectants have been invented that or more environmentally friendly. More slow release and or organic fertilizers are being utilized which have less impacts on drinking water. Equipment has been improved to reduce stress in turf by reducing the foot print weight of the machine and improving the actual cutting of the turf plant blade. Best Management practices have been developed by superintendents. Superintendents are better educated and more dedicated to keeping the environment in the forefront of our thinking when making decisions.
I've posted a video from the Golf Industry Show which explains the program and its purpose in a little more detail.
I've also attached a link that can provide you additional details regarding this new organization that is being formed to assist our great industry.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
- Course is open or closed for the day.
- Frost delays.
- Cart rules for the day.
- General information regarding some of the main cultural practices being performed on the course.
- We will post weather related information such as recent rainfall amounts.
Place Glen Echo in the favorites section of your web browser so you are just one click away from knowing course information for the day before you arrive for your round.
The maintenance staff will be updating the page on a daily basis before the 1st tee time.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
COURSE IS OPEN
CARTS ON PATH.
75" of rain on Sunday 2/21/10
.06" of rain on Monday 2/22/10
Tree work in progress
During the week of February 8th, I had the privilege of attending the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America's Education Conference(GCSAA) and Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The GCSAA has teamed with presenting partners which includes the Club Managers Association of America(CMAA) and National Golf Course Owners Association(NGCOA). Participating partners included the Golf Course Builders Association of America(GCBAA), American Society of Golf Course Architects( ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation(NGF) and the United States Golf Association(USGA).
Education and the trade show are two key components of the event for me. 4730 seats were filled for 99 seminars which were presented at the conference by the GCSAA.
I attended two seminars which had outstanding educators presenting some valuable information regarding the turf we manage at Glen Echo.
The first was presented by Ronald Calhoun from Michigan State who discussed"Practical Use of PGR(plant growth regulators) for Golf Courses". We use plant growth regulators for a number of reasons here at our course.
- Reduction of poa annu seedheads on our greens in the spring.
- Applications to our greens during the season to reduce the amount of poa annua and increase the amount of bentgrass which is a stronger plant.
- Speed control and consistency.
- Growth control.
- Plant health, reduction in top growth encourages root growth and utilizes less energy which is important for the turf to survive severe environmental or stress conditions of the summer.
Dr. Frank Rossi from Cornell University presented "Beyond Organic-Sustainable Golf Turf".
Dr. Rossi's take home point in his presentation revolved around improving resource efficiency. Improvement of resource efficiency not only makes sense for the health of our turfgrass but also makes good economical sense in utilizing the financial support provided by our membership.
Early morning presentations called the Innovative Superintendent Session began at 7:00 a.m. on both Tuesday and Friday mornings. Presentations made by fellow superintendents provided great insight into various areas of golf course management including personnel, operations, and construction. Cultural practice tips in water management, bunker stabilization, equipment modification ideas, and quality control were some other great topics covered by my peers. Superintendents from Iowa gave us insight into the terrible tornado and flooding season that struck our neighbors to the north in 2008. Hard work, innovation and determination has brought the facilities back to pre-disaster conditioning.
Two days of walking the trade show allowed me to network with vendors who provide products and services that support our facility. I was also able to check out new and or existing products that could help us provide better playing surfaces. The trade show also offers me the opportunity to renew relationships that I have developed over the years with local and national companies that provide valuable expertise and knowledge in helping our facility evaluate the many products and services that are offered to use on the golf course.
It was a great five days of education and insight into the golf management industry.
Below, I have attached a short highlight video from the GCSAA regarding the conference.
Pan boiling away the water out of our first batch of syrup.
Our water coolers holding the 60 gallons of sap collected over the last 4-5 day.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I was in the pro shop yesterday where I saw that Nash and Kevin have the sign up sheets posted for the first few club events of the season. Hard to believe that St Pats is less than 30 days away. I'm sure our snow birds are wishing they were here!
Initially, the guys dug by hand in an area about 3-4' from the hole below. In probing through the soil profile, they found a pipe that they thought could be the problem but it appears to have been an old irrigation metal line. Turning the water back on gave them a better idea where the water was coming from and the digging began a couple of feet away from the original hole. Water came back on and they found the actual section that was leaking. They then brought the backhoe in to do the heavy digging which exposed the hole below.
Assistant Mike in the hole cleaning off the deteriorated outer band of the pipe to find the actual section that was leaking.
Skip as Russ checking out the situation.
Another view down into the hole.
I've wondered why the water comes from so far away to feed the maintenance building and pro shop. I had forgotten that the original clubhouse was located where the tennis courts are today. This is the original water line that fed our club potable water back in the beginning. One of these days, this old line is probably going to have to be abandoned. It would make more sense to bring our water in from the clubhouse main which is a great deal closer than the existing feed area that we have right now but that will be for another time.
Monday, February 15, 2010
A second leak has sprung up between the tennis courts and the first line of trees along #18 which they started to dig up late last week. We plan to complete the second repair in the next day or two.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Harry does a fine job in maintaining our equipment and also operates equipment during some of the busier times of the year like aerating greens, fairways and during the extra mowing required during "The Invitational".
Harry putting reel back together.
- As a tree becomes mature, shade from the upper branches reduces the ability of the lower branches to survive because the lack of sunlight.
- Lower limbs are removed to improve the overall health of our turf in the rough under and adjacent to the trees as well as along the fairways by allowing more sunlight to reach the grass.
- Smaller trees have limbs raised to allow carts and mowing equipment to navigate around safely.
- Dead limbs are removed to reduce the opportunity for disease and insect damage.
Assistant Skip and Russell doing the honors along # 2 cart path. Limbs which have been removed and are then cut up and hauled back to our chipper in the maintenance area. Tom and Jason have been working the last few days doing the clean up work.
We've got one more week rental of our lift so the guys will be working feverishly over the next 6 days to complete as much work as possible.
Weed Pro sponge applicator on the left and backpack sprayer on the right.
The picture below is on the front of #16 green between the bentgrass/poa annua approach on the right side of the camera case and to the left is the zoysia approach with the cool season grass contamination.
Over the next few weeks, the cool season grass along the collars should begin to turn yellow and will then die. We will probably have to do some additional spot applications where some poa annua might have been missed in the initial spraying. A majority of the zoysia grass should come back but we might have a couple of the more heavily infested spots which might have to be replaced with some new zoysia sod. We will evaluate each approach once they come out of dormancy in April for potential replacement.