Thursday, September 17, 2020

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 9/17/20

 

  • GREENS - Mowed at .115" 7 times per week rolled 3 times, TEES/COLLARS/APPROACHES Mowed at .325" 3 times per week, FWYS Mowed at .375" 2 times per week, ROUGH Mowed at 2" 1 time.
  • Fall Aeration schedule will be reposted for your review and will help us build towards a great 2021 golf season.
  • Renovation work has started in roughs with sod and seed to repair areas damaged from the additional cart traffic, diseased varieties, and weakened grassy areas.
  • Plant protectant, growth regulator applications, and weekly to bi-weekly fertility application programs are in full rotation to provide healthy playing surfaces.
  •  Needle-tine aeration to greens bi-weekly with sand topdressing as time and weather permits. As a reminder, we did not hollow core aerate any playing surfaces this spring so this practice will help aid in the benefits of core aerification and diluting organic material accumulated until this fall.
  • Staff and Member safety is still top of our priority and all employees being provided masks, gloves, and disinfecting materials. I have also asked our guys to wear masks when in close proximity to members.
  • Our staff area sanitation practices are ongoing and continuos within our shop ensuring safe work areas and equipment. For example, every employee disinfects the break room/restroom after use and at the end of every day along with all equipment and community areas.
Cooler days and crisp nights are upon us bringing great grass-growing weather and perfect playing conditions to the Northeast area. These days are what we in the turf industry always look forward to as we prepare our properties for the following year by renovation work, aeration, and small projects. This time is also some of the best golf weather and an opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family playing the game we all love. This has been an incredibly challenging season not only in our daily lives but conditioning grass from a drought in June to the oppressive July followed up by three tropical storms in August. The positive takeaways are that all the hard work over my time here in 5 years paid off and that we have had a successful season providing an escape for membership and a golf course we can continue to fully enjoy. Please take some time to realize how fortunate we are to have such a great place to call ours and thank you for all your support this season and for years to come.









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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 6/9/2020


  • GREENS - Mowed at .120" 7 times per week rolled 3 times, TEES/COLLARS/APPROACHES Mowed at .325" 3 times per week, FWYS Mowed at .375" 2 times per week, ROUGH Mowed at 2" 1 time. Bunker Mow is only being performed at access points into bunkers and so that balls can roll into the hazards from fairways and approach shots. ***This mowing schedule is absolutely necessary to provide a healthy turf stand that is also aesthetically pleasing while providing good playing conditions.***
  • THINGS TO EXPECT - A dialed-in golf course inside the box, softer greens with speeds from 10.5 to 12 ft. measured by the Stimp Meter, the removal of our step-cut around greens and fairways, setup 5 times per week on greens (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday), bunkers raked as time permits during the week plus Saturday/Sunday, and lastly a rougher appearance and playability around our bunkers.
  • Plant protectant, growth regulator applications, and weekly to bi-weekly fertility application programs are in full rotation to provide healthy playing surfaces.
  • Weeding, mulching, and pre-emergent applications made to landscape beds and will continue until completion. We are currently trying to finish the bedwork for the first time and only have the garden areas leading to the pool to complete.
  • Week of June 8, 2020 some outside dining will be available so these areas will be detailed accordingly.
  •  Needle-tine aeration to greens bi-weekly with sand topdressing as time and weather permits. As a reminder, we did not hollow core aerate any playing surfaces this spring so this practice will help aid in the benefits of core aerification and diluting organic material accumulated until this fall.
  • Staff and Member safety is still top of our priority and all employees being provided masks, gloves, and disinfecting materials. I have also asked our guys to wear masks when in close proximity to members but with warmer temperatures on the horizon, these masks could be hazardous so I will not mandate these at all times of work.
  • Our staff area sanitation practices are ongoing and continuos within our shop ensuring safe work areas and equipment. For example, every employee disinfects the break room/restroom after use and at the end of every day along with all equipment and community areas.
Finally, tournament golf and access to some of our facilities have started after what has seemed like an eternity this spring. We will be welcoming members and guests back to the property we all love in hopes to give everyone some escape to what has been an extremely stressful and defining time in our country, businesses, and our lives. We are working to provide the safest and most satisfying experience for our membership as New York continues to slowly open from the battle with Covid-19 and its effects.
On the Golf Course, we have started to hit a groove in establishing some consistency in our setup, mowing practices, and have started to detail the entire property the past two weeks. We will be updating the Golf Course report as much as possible leading into our busiest and most important time of the year providing great playing conditions while keeping plant health at the top of our priority list. We will be hand watering as much as possible to supplement the overhead irrigation to prevent wet areas around the property from getting wetter while dry areas stay dry between rain events. This is a critical part of our summer month program to prevent turf decline from overwatering and helping to promote good playing conditions. Please keep in mind the added cart traffic in the summer months may beat up commonly used access points and to follow all directional markers and roped off areas.
It's great to be ramping up operations and club functions as we progress into the summer golf season and we are excited to move forward in what has been a challenging year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 5/13/20

  • GREENS - Mowed at .125" 4 times per week rolled 3 times, TEES/COLLARS/APPROACHES Mowed at .325" 2 times per week, FWYS Mowed at .375" 2 times per week, ROUGH Mowed at 2.5" 1 time.
  • As of now, setup will be 2 times per week on greens and all accessories will remain off the course until further notice. Please note that we have installed rings to prevent the ball from resting at the bottom of the cup and ask all not to remove the flagstick.
  • Things to expect - a dialed-in golf course inside the box, green speeds from 10 to 11 ft, the removal of our step-cut around greens and fairways, bunkers raked as time permits, and a rougher appearance and playability around our bunkers.
  • Plant protectant, growth regulator applications, and weekly to bi-weekly fertility application programs are in full rotation to provide healthy playing surfaces.
  • Weeding, mulching, and pre-emergent applications made to landscape beds and will continue until completion.
  • Friday, May 15, 2020 our Driving Range and Tennis Facilities will be open.
  • Current Staff - 4 Union Full-Time on the golf course, 2 H2-B Full-Time for Tennis and Clubhouse Grounds, 1 Assistant, Mechanic.
  •  Needle-tine aeration to greens bi-weekly. As a reminder, we did not hollow core aerate any playing surfaces this spring so this practice will help aid in the benefits of core aerification until this fall.
  • Staff protection is at the top of our priority list with all employees being provided masks, gloves, and disinfecting materials. Our staff area sanitation practices are ongoing and continuos within our shop ensuring safe work areas and equipment. For example, every employee disinfects the break room/restroom after use and at the end of every day along with all equipment and community areas.
Thank you Pine Hollow C.C. membership for your donations to support our front line responders and also to provide meals to the staff. We can not thank you enough for your support during these stressful and uncertain times. We are here maintaining our great property, hope to see you using our facilities, and hopeful you are all safe. Thanks again!!! 



Monday, May 4, 2020

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 5/4/20


  • GREENS - Mowed at .125" 4 times per week rolled 3 times, TEES/COLLARS/APPROACHES Mowed at .325" 2 times per week, FWYS Mowed at .375" 2 times per week, ROUGH Mowed at 2.5" 1 time.
  • As of now, setup will be 2 times per week on greens and all accessories will remain off the course until further notice.
  • Bunkers initially raked out last Friday after continuous rainstorms over the past few weeks. As of now, we will only touch up rake once a week on Fridays before the weekend play. 
  • Plant Protectant, Growth Regulator Applications, and all Pre-Emergent Applications applied to all short cut turf, rough, range, and lawns. Our weekly application schedules will begin now that we are in the beginning of the actual growing season.
  • Weeding, mulching, and pre-emergent applications made to landscape beds and will continue until completion.
  • All golf course irrigation and tennis irrigation on, repaired, and operational. Clubhouse grounds irrigation parts ordered for repair week of 5/11/20.
  • All tennis courts re-surfaced and being rolled/groomed daily. During the week of 5/4/20 windscreens will be hung up and detailed work will be completed to have our courts ready once restrictions are lifted.  
  • During the week of 5/4/20 all driving range detail, mowing, and preparation will be made to have our practice areas ready once restrictions are lifted.
  • Finish work will also begin around the new air conditioning unit at the halfway house. New landscape to screen the unit will be dug up from around the property and finish detail to be completed by the week's end.
  • Current Staff - 4 Union Full-Time on the golf course, 2 H2-B Full-Time for Tennis and Clubhouse Grounds, 1 Assistant, Mechanic returned 4/27/20.
  •  Needle-tine aeration to greens bi-weekly during the wet spring has lead to great rooting across all our playing surfaces. We did not hollow core aerate any playing surfaces this spring so this practice will help aid in the benefits of core aerification until this fall.
I hope you all are safe and healthy as we all continue to battle the unfortunate shutdown and pandemic affecting our daily lives. We've had a great couple work weeks since the last post, working between rain events and with limited staff getting our property cleaned up from damaging winds, mowing our surfaces, and making the critical spray applications to set us up for a successful growing season. As you will all notice in the coming weeks we have and will be making adjustments to our maintenance practices as we continue to phase more labor into the operation and build to what our full staff will look like in 2020. You will notice us removing the first cut around fairways and greens, adding large out of play no-mow/native rough areas, and will allow some areas around bunkers to grow to limit hand mowing around our hazards. We will also be scaling back setup and bunker raking to once or twice a week compared to normal years as the mowing and spraying will take priority until we ramp up operations. Our plan for workweeks and detail will be modified and most likely will be changing on a daily basis as we do our best to give a great product while we get thru these tough times. With the challenge ahead as grass cutting becomes more of a necessity other modifications may be necessary or more staff will be added to address our necessities or expectations. 
As always we are here to promote our great game and the property while we battle the uncertainty of the current events and happy that Pine Hollow can provide the sanity we all need. Be safe and see you on the course! 



Saturday, April 4, 2020

IN MEMORY OF SALVATORE ANDREOTTI 1958-2020

Obituary of Salvatore Andreotti

Andreotti, Salvatore of Glen Cove, NY passed away on March 31, 2020 at Age 61.  Beloved son of the Late Michelina and Mario.  Dear brother of Luigi (Lee) and the Late Felicia Costantino.  Loving uncle of Angela, Michelle, Jessica and Victoria.  Adored great-uncle of Madelyn, Cristian and Jonathan.
A great man and a dedicated employee at Pine Hollow for over 20 years. Sal and I have been friends since my first day at Pine Hollow in 2003. We have worked together for 12 years and he always had a better way to do things, but that is why we loved his work and his dedication. He was incredibly loyal to his family, his friends, and to his craft which was to make this property better than it was yesterday. Our daily conversation about politics, grass, golf, and family will be greatly missed and he will always have a seat in our breakroom. Rest easy my friend until we meet again.