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!