Monday, December 11, 2017
Winter is coming pretty quickly, at least by the calendar on December 21st. With the arrival of winter comes some changes to the golf course.
Snow and Ice
Course is closed when there is snow and ice on the course. Normally the greens are the last to clear because of the short height of the turf. No golf during these periods. Sometimes it clear enough for walking without clubs which we don't mind and if you want to bring your fury friend along, feel free to do so. You might just stop in Pro Shop if someone is around and let them know you are out there.
All tee markers are removed and brought in for the winter to repair and keep in good shape for the main season. Please play from where you like on the teeing ground you chose. If you are playing with more than 1 group and you have a game going on, use the 2 or 4 step rule forward or backward from a white marker or blue marker so everyone does not play from the marker. Playing from the same spot day in day out creates excessive wear to the teeing surface, especially the dormant zoysia. Same goes for single groups, go to an area of the tee that is showing less wear and tear over the winter, not completely matted down or multiple divots in the same area on par 3 holes.
2 Holes per Green
Also, we have 2 holes in each green at this time. If you have more than 1 group playing on a warmer day with a game going on, place the flag pole back in the same hole but if you are a single group, please move the flag pole to the second hole. This moves wear around on greens. If warm days occur during the winter and the greens are thawed, the staff will move the holes if we have a great deal of play, they will do so to reduce wear and tear on specific areas.
I prefer greens to be either completely thawed or completely frozen to reduce damage during the winter season. It becomes problematic for us when greens go into a deep freeze cycle in late December/January and then begin to thaw. Once they begin to thaw and it moves into the top 1-2" of the green surface, we will usually close the course until the thaw comes completely out of the greens. This prevents root shearing and deep imprinting from foot prints. I will discuss this issue in the next few weeks with pictures and more detailed information.
Appears we are in a cycle of cold days followed by some nice days. Wednesday, Saturday predicting 50's and Sunday pushing 50.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Hot and dry July, average rainfall in August with cooler temperatures but there were 2 events in August that made up most of that total. If I remember correctly, large accumulations at the airport with very little here at Glen Echo just a few miles away. hot and desert like September with warmer than normal temperature in October but finally some rain breaking into the 2nd week of October.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
If you have a small SUV or car and want a small load, we usually adjust the price down accordingly. If you need assistance with loading, our staff can help out. There are there 7 am to 2:30 pm Monday thru Friday. The pickup load price is for about `175 pieces more or less. You can contact my phone at 314-575-7321 or shoot me an email.
The pile we are currently using as you drive down past the maintenance building is on the left side of the driveway. It has been there for 2 years and has been burning nicely in the fire pits up on the patio over the last couple of months. Once that is all gone we will begin to use the right side which is a bit newer wood but has been on the ground since at least last winter.
Your account is charged once we deliver or you pick up the wood.
Monday, November 6, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Frost is predicted over the next couple of days. What does that mean? Course will remain closed until frost has lifted from playing areas. We of course are most concerned about greens so this means the practice green and practice facilities are closed until frost has lifted off of those surfaces. What can frost do? Watch the following video from the USGA, they explain it perfectly. The frost delays are normally shorter in length this time of year since the ground temperatures are still elevated. As temperatures cool, the delays increase in length. Factors that affect delays include cloud cover and wind speed as the sun comes up. Remember, the last thing we want is to delay golfers from getting out on the course but our goal is not do damage to the turf that could create issues going into winter or coming out of winter into spring.
Fall aeration is planned on Monday 10/30 with probably 12-14 greens getting completed we hope. We will get the others completed over the next couple of days trying to finish before early bird players catch up to us. We intend to do a deep solid tine aeration, about 8-9" deep. We will fill the holes with sand which will assist the holes in healing and will improve ball roll out. Greens should be pretty good to go as the week goes by. In the video it illustrates coring, pulling a core out of the green about 2-3" deep. Our process will not involve pulling out a core but placing a deep 1/2" tine into the green about 8". These deep holes penetrate into our soil layer which is about 5" below the surface of the greens and assists with root growth and moisture penetration. I'll explain more next week after our process is completed.
Staff has been busy removing part of the ornamental planting along the east side of 9 lake over the last few weeks. With the addition of plantings around the clubhouse and pro shop, our horticulturist Becky has just too much for one person to manage. This bed was going to need a complete overhaul but I thought the best way to handle it was to put it back to turf grass. We had a difficult time making the steep sloped bank look good in the first place. I think next season along the turf to grow a bit along the steep side of the bank will look pretty good in place of an out of control planting bed.
|Lake bank sodded and seeded along 9. Saved some money and decided to seed the top part. Area next to it is bermuda and will over run the seeded area next summer. Why waste money on something that won't be there for long.|
|This is our practice green collar that was sprayed with a product called Pylex used at a rate of 1/2 oz per acre. We've made another application since this photo and hopefully will remove some of this pesky grass out of our collars.|
We've had a little bit of Large Patch on Zoysia break out a couple of weeks ago. Largest spots were up toward 13 green. We did some spot spraying with a fungicide to help knock it down. The worst time of the year is spring for this disease. The spot spraying this fall will help reduce some of the activity next spring but we will still spray some of our areas where the disease occurs on a yearly basis. The organic fertilizer option could help to alleviate this disease but it takes a couple of years to throw the soil microbe population to the good guy side. Organic does cost more but in the end does it really when you have to keep spraying fungicides on a regular basis?
MSD is doing some storm drainage work in the subdivision next to us in Glen Echo Park to reduce storm water getting into the sanitary sewer line that runs through our course along the lake system. The excessive loading of the sanitary sewer creates issues along Wilson Street in U-City which has been on the news many times in the past from flooding. Part of the work will be some repairs and storm drainage being improved between the property line fence on 9 and the lake. This work will start in the beginning of winter and will be completed before the golf season next spring. Outside contractors through MSD will be completing the work. Some large storm water lines will be installed into our property and a open grass basin will lead water into another pipe that will go into our 9 lake. Our staff will be removing irrigation lines that will have to be dug up and replaced once the project is completed. The club has been reimbursed for work our staff will have to do for this project.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Excellent article from the USGA regarding bunkers and the reasons why they might play different from bunker to bunker.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Fairways overall continue to improve with some filling in needed on 1,2 and 4. Tees were aerated last week, fairways were spiked which is the reason for the little slices with the brown edges where they dried out. Most of those areas have recovered. Yes and I have the finger ready for the video!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Skip using a mini-excavator to trench across the bank.
Laying the sod. Decided to use Bermuda grass due to its ability to deeper rooting and survive the summer heat.
Monday, June 19, 2017
The venting also helps improve water infiltration into drier areas and evacuation of water in wetter areas. Rooting is also improved with this process as is microbial activity which has a very positive effect on the plants. There is a battle going on in our root zone between harmful pathogens and those tiny creatures that help offset disease. Holes are not disruptive to ball roll for the most part and will closed in just a few days.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
|Blue tee on 1|
|Red Tee on 10|
Below is the link to the blog in 2014 which illustrates the off color spot spray that we did.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
I've been so busy inside the building, I don't even recall seeing the stats below
for February on the news. Mind blowing.. Wettest in April is not what we want to hear
but also this trend on warmth is not good. Wet and hot can be deadly for old greens
with natural drainage only. I know some wondered about a 2nd aeration. Rainfall
and heat are the reasons why we pound our greens with aeration equipment and sand
in the spring!
Observed Avg Diff Last Yr
AVG. MAXIMUM 59.0 45.0 14.0 49.1 AVG. MINIMUM 36.4 27.6 8.8 31.2 MEAN 47.7 36.3 11.4 40.2
Rainfall 0.49 2.24 -1.75 0.80
Look at all the records for February!!!
WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD (47.7 DEGREES. PREVIOUS 44.6 DEGREES IN 1882) MOST OCCURRENCES OF A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 70 DEGREES (9 DAYS. PREVIOUS 7 DAYS IN 1976). MOST OCCURRENCES OF A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 60 DEGREES (15 DAYS. PREVIOUS 14 DAYS IN 1976). TIED 4TH LEAST OCCURRENCES OF A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE LESS THAN OR EQUAL TO 32 DEGREES (11 DAYS). MOST OCCURRENCES OF A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 50 DEGREES (5 DAYS. PREVIOUS 4 DAYS IN 1938). MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 60 DEGREES WITHIN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY (9 DAYS ENDING ON 02/24). 9TH DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD (0.94 INCHES). TIED 14TH LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD (0.2 INCHES). ...DAILY... 2 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SET (02/20 AND 02/11). 3 RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES SET OR TIED (02/28, 02/21 AND 02/20).
Observed Avg Diff Last Yr
AVG. MAXIMUM 59.5 55.9 3.6 62.5 AVG. MINIMUM 40.4 36.6 3.8 43.6 MEAN 49.9 46.3 3.6 53.0
TOTALS 4.24 3.32 0.92 2.29
Boring Record Month of March
...MONTHLY... TIED FOR 17TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD ( 49.9 DEGREES) ...DAILY... 1 RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE SET (03/01) 2 RECIRD HIGH TEMPERATURES SET ( 3/20 AND 03/21)
Observed Avg Diff Last Yr
AVG. MAXIMUM 72.7 67.4 5.3 70.3 AVG. MINIMUM 51.9 47.2 4.7 49.4 MEAN 62.3 57.3 5.0 59.9
TOTALS 10.37 3.69 6.68 4.49
...MONTHLY... 8TH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD (62.3 DEGREES). 2ND WETTEST APRIL ON RECORD (10.37 INCHES). ...DAILY... 1 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED (88 DEGREES ON 4/19. ALSO SET IN 2011). 2 RECORD RAINFALL VALUES SET (04/05...2.01 INCHES. PREVIOUS WAS 1.58 SET IN 1926. AND 04/29...3.15 INCHES. PREVIOUS WAS 2.29 SET IN 1911)
Friday, April 28, 2017
|Area in front of 2 green. Same thing was done in front of 1. 3 is a little weak but a majority of that material is growing back.|
|Tee was leveled to drain f ront to back and off to the right. We softened the walk off area a little and also will be able to extend the tee ground back a couple of yards.|
|Mike McNeil painting shape of the tee.|
|This pick is looking front to back. We made the tee more regular rectangular in shape and lost teeing ground on the front so tee would be pointing the proper alignment for players.|
|Watering the sod. Got a little toasty but will be good after all of the rain we are receiving.|
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
I made the fall application like we normally do with our Bermuda reduction material. We were pretty dry in the fall which the Zoysia was under a bit more stress than normal. Of course going dormant, is a bit stressful as well. We normally come out of winter a bit more delayed than normal because of this spary material. The zoysia is tolerant to it but it can tinge it a little.
With the milder than normal temperatures this winter, our warm season turf staying in dormancy for our RoundUp application in February was a bit of concern. We do spray at the near lightest rate which is effective at killing the poa annua and not damaging the zoysia. The areas most effected, high traffic areas like approaches are a little thinner in dormant turf cover and more chemical material could have gotten down into the canopy and affected live tissue. We have pulled a couple of plugs and placed them in the greenhouse to see if they will green up in the next 10-14 days. If they do, we will be fine. If not, we might have to replace the approach area on a couple of holes.
The issue we are facing could have also been the 15-17 degree low temperature we had a few weeks ago when the plants were just greening up and were very susceptible to freeze damage.
Or it could have been a perfect combination of the 3 things happening all at the same time, weaker zoysia from the fall, just a bit more green up than normal in February and the cold temperatures after the early breakout of temperatures.
We will have a better feel about what is happening over the next couple of weeks. I think a majority of the spots will be fine. One thing I'm probably sure of is the Bermuda got its butt kicked as well.
Greens aeration was completed in 2 days by the guys. Looks good overall. Last major aeration work of the season besides monthly needle tining and maybe a hydrojet application in mid-summer.
|#2 looking across from left to right into front of the green. Same as #1.|
|Plugs pulled from the approach. Looks pretty weak. There appears to be life down in the stolen area but we will see for sure in 10-14 days.|
|2 green after aeration|
|2 green canopy. Holes filled.|
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
We will be completing this process on Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16. I don't like to do this work during the work but we had no choice or wait until the end of April which I do not want. It is a pretty non-evasive process but we will have to have you go around the holes that we are working. We will have 2 units working. Takes about 45 minutes per green or so.
Below is the link to last years work. We usually just brush the greens and roll them if they are dry enough and they are ready for play.
Later in the month we will be performing our deep-tined areation which will help us drain water deeper through our profile as needed, especially through the earthen layer that rest 6" below ground.
I will make another post in the next few days catching you up on other work the staff have been performing.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Throughout the month of March, the clubhouse will have Food and Beverage Service
Wednesday through Sunday.
8am -9pm Saturdays
8am to 8 pm Sundays
Chef has a great buffet planned Friday night March 3rd and our welcome back dinner. Due to the great buffet planned by Chef and his staff, there will be no Ala Carte service Friday evening.
Help us plan our evening and reserve
your spot today.
Prime Rib au Jus
Alaskan Crab Legs
Crab Crusted Snapper with Sherried Basil Cream
Twice Baked Potatoes
Spring Rice Blend
Oven Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze
Mixed Vegetable Medley
Tossed Caesar Salad
Tossed California Chopped Salad
Assorted Rolls and Cheddar Biscuits
Mac and Cheese
Chicken Strips with Dipping Sauces
$16 Kids ages 5-12
4 and Under Free
Drinks billed in traditional manner
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Giving our hard working Chef and staff a Friday night off since we've not been closed for multiple weeks in a row with no meals to fix. Brother Ed and I will produce you a casual but great tasting night of Italian splendor. Come and have some cocktails, a couple of beers, a bottle of wine and some excellent pizza. Look at my waistline, wheat belly and non-veggie! Its made for some great eating.
|Gonna break out the ol Coach(Dad) to help us out!|
Sunday, February 12, 2017
The lack of consistent above 32 degree day temps and below 32 degree night temps reduces the proper sap flow required to provide us with large enough quantities of sap to give us a large supply of total syrup that can be used. 43 gallons of sap to make one gal of syrup. We will have about 60 gallons of sap which will make us a little over a gallon of syrup. As temperatures warm and bud break begins to occur, the saps flavor changes and is not suitable for consumption.
A couple videos I've made over the last couple of days. One for fun, the other to entice you with the smell of this beautiful naturally occurring product produced right here on the grounds at Glen Echo. Close your eyes and imagine the wafts of this light, natural tasting maple syrup drizzled across some Pork or in a dessert, Yummy!
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
I remember being in 4th grade and outside playing that evening when Dr. King was killed. I was out playing with a neighborhood friend in Desoto where we lived. I came in and saw the news and I think my comment was something like that is terrible, or bad, along those lines. My friend said to me
" Why do you care"
Why did I care? I guess I was 11 at the time and was a current affairs geek. I was raised in a family of inclusion and equality. My parents went to high school in a small town that was known not to have African American people living within its limits in Southeast Missouri but you would have never known that from my upbringing. Never heard the stereo typical derogatory names used around my family. I think if I would of used those words I would have gotten my butt whooped good. I grew up around African American coaches and athletes which my dad worked with and coached and taught along side. We became friends, we became brothers when my parents became guardian for a young man when I was in Junior High School. We were teammates during my athletic years where we shared the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. We broke bread together, we partied together, we chased girls together, we did everything together.
When I started working I became responsible to parents and their kids who rode my buses, teachers/principals at schools who I worked with as well as colleagues/employees and upper management individuals who I reported.
Of course in the golf business I have customers, peers, vendors, staff and now members from many backgrounds and faiths, everyone deserves equal respect and treatment no matter what your place in society.
We have come a long way but still have a long way to go.
|Painted trash cans|
|Jason and Russ sanding tee markers|
|Already sanded and waiting on the sander|
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I brought this video back out of the archives because of the new year, new beginnings, a new start. We have a couple months of recharging and planning to do to get our year started out right. I know our young guns are getting recharged and looking forward to another great year of golf at Glen Echo.
We will begin our Friday night dinners on January 13th. We plan on doing some things for the kids in the Pub and Olympic Room area of the club that night and every Friday night during the shutdown period. Movies, putt putt, games, a chance for you to come to the club visit with friends and have some activity for the kidos.
Happy New Year and thanks for your support!