Saturday, November 29, 2014

Course is open Saturday, November 29th

The sun is bright, snow has melted, temperatures will moderate nicely over the next couple of days.  Why not come out and see us.  We've had a pretty bad weather month for golf which means we've had less members and guests at the clubhouse.  This is a much livelier place when you are here with us! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Update on conditions

Quick update on conditions. Clearing nicely but still some areas with issues but we look good for Saturday!

Course Closed Friday , Nov 28th

The course will be closed on Friday, November 28th, due to snow cover.The Turkey Day Scrambke had been cancelled. We hope to open on Saturday for regular play with a special guest rate.  Check with the pro shop for details.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may create.
Current views of the course as if 839 am.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I Guess Sadness Is What I Feel Today

I guess sadness is what I feel today like everyone else watching the events over the last day.

I did want to mention first off that the facility is secure and experienced no issues.  The Normandy police department is in and out of the facility making sure everything stays that way for our staff, members and guests.

I drove through Ferguson on my way to work this morning.  One hundred yards to the south of the Ferguson police station, remnants of damage from last night's horrendous events were not visible at all.  I passed under I-70 and up the hill past UMSL, everything appears normal but we know deep down within the depths of our soul that something has changed.  Driving the streets of Normandy around our facility everything is okay as well.  The facility has not experienced any issues since the protests began in August.

I was encouraged when I drove back through Ferguson a couple hours later seeing people of all shapes and sizes and colors pitching in and trying to help businesses clean up along Florissant Road. Sweeping up glass, trash and remnants from last night's damage.  Companies and individuals are placing the all too familiar boards in place to try to protect the business from the weather and potential future intruders.

Let's hope that peace will set back into our community!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geoff Shackelford on Morning Drive, USGA Green Speed Study

An interesting discussion on the Golf Channel regarding ball roll on greens and length of time to complete a round.  Plant health is known to decline as green speed gets to a certain level and higher for any given time, especially during the high heat of summer.  Ball roll can be increased drastically in the fall but this is normally associated with lower humidity and slowed growth of turf.  Also, turf disruption is usually kept to a minimum until aeration so a ball can turn into a rocket ship this time of year without creating plant health issues.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weather Stats for October

Weather data for the month of October at Glen Echo CC  As you can see, temperatures were pretty normal.  October was 16th wettest October on record.

                                   Observed Value   Normal Value  Depart from Norm   Last Year
Avg Maximum                    68.7                     68.5                      0.2                    69.3
Avg Minimum                     50.3                     49.0                      1.3                    49.0
Mean                                    59.5                     58.7                      0.8                    59.1

Precipitation                        5.08                     3.33                     1.75                  2.35

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day, A personal reflection

Over the years I've made a post regarding this day with a picture and a thank you to all of those who served.  I thought I would take a moment and relay something a little more personal

My late Grandfather Watis served during Wold War II but was lucky enough to not see direct combat but came home a changed man.

My wife Beth was born after the war but her father Max served in World War II.  He was in direct conflict as a tail gunner on a B24 based in Great Britain.  He missed one mission because of illness. His crew mates took off that day on that mission and never returned.  Their plane was shot down over Europe and all perished.  He was discharged from his service obligations sometime later, never to go on a flight again.  None of us can imagine the anguish he felt from this loss and the suffering he went through.  He was just one of many who left a piece of themselves when they returned from their duty for our country.

As you go through your day today, I'm sure most of you will take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices made by many to provide us our way of life and the freedom that we have been given. Luckily, many who serve come back home to their families.  We thank you for your sacrifice and the sacrifice your families have made while you were gone!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Marine Corp

Happy Birthday to the Marine Corp
We honor our Members, family and friends who have served our nation so courageously!