Friday, November 8, 2019

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 11/8/19



  • Work at #1 Green Complex Complete - Until frozen ground sets up we will continue to grow in all grass withing the disturbance area. A winter cover will be placed over the green once temperatures consistently drop overnight. (SEE THE SEQUENCE OF PICS BELOW)
  • FALL AERATION TO DATE - Greens 3/8" Hollow Tine 1.25" spacing filled with sand, Tees/Approaches/Collections 1/2" Hollow Tine 2" spacing topdressed with sand, Fairways 3/4" Solid Tine on 3" spacing complete. 
  • Aeration to continue until frozen ground- Greens 1/2" Solid Deep-Tine filled with sand, Tees 1/2" Solid Deep-Tine filled with sand, Fairways 3/4" Solid Deep-Tine, Roughs will begin 11/11/19.
  • Landscape Detail for Winter - Consists of removing all annuals, perennials, and pruning dead material from landscape.
  • Irrigation System winterization will begin 11/18/19 this consists of removing water from our system and protection the pump stations from winter temperatures. All lawns bathrooms and tennis court irrigation will be blown out at this time.
  • Add sand to bunkers while removing leaf/tree litter and contamination.
  • Property detail daily for leaf and tree litter cleanup.
Winter is approaching and project season is wrapping up here around the golf course. We had another great year capped off with the exciting project at the 1st Green which turned out great from start to finish. All grass is recovering and starting to root and the sand is set over the Better Billy Bunker System to showcase how good the product performs. Our plan is to continue making plant protectant, fertilizer, and sand applications to all the greens but modify a more aggressive program to expedite the recover for our disturbed surface at #1. Part of this program will be covering the green this winter protecting from wind dessication but also to extend the growing season this fall and to start 2020. I will be monitoring the root development and programs in place to open that green as soon as possible without jeopardizing our turf for next season.
As mentioned, we completed our first round of fall aeration around the property and will be continuing with the plan laid out above until the ground is frozen. These cultivation practices are vital to our success throughout the growing season and we appreciate you patience and support as finish up the 2019 work season. The Deep-Tine Aeration is great to distrupt compaction prior to winter opening avenues for water, air, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into our soils promoting stronger plants heading into the 2020 golf season. 
Thank you again for another great season and please come out while the weather is good we'll be chasing leaves and prepping for 2020.  
 STRIP SOD

 DEMO BUNKER

CLEAN DOWN TO XGD DRAINAGE PRESERVING LINES

ADD 110 TON OF MIX ONCE NEW GREEN EDGE BUILT

MORE DRAINAGE  WORK/ ROUGH GRADE MIX

GPS MIX TO GRADE/PLATE COMPACT/GPS AGAIN/FINAL RAKE

READY FOR SOD AFTER FINAL RAKE AND ARCHITECT APPROVAL

NOW THAT THE GREEN IS SET PLAN OUT THE BUNKER PLACEMENT

NEW APPROACH WORK BEGINS AND BUNKER ROUGH GRADE WORK BEGINS

TIME SPENT VIEWING OUR BUNKERS LEAD TO PAINT LINES MATCHING OUR HAZARDS


SHAPING BEGINS

HAND WORK FOLLOWS AFTER MACHINE WORK

STONE IS ADDED  TO 2" DEPTH


BETTER BILLY BUNKER POLYMER SPRAYED OVER STONE


Friday, September 27, 2019

2019 AERATION SCHEDULE

PINE HOLLOW C.C. AERATION SCHEDULE

GREENS:
  • **March 3/25/19 – 3/8” Hollow Tine Aeration w/ Heavy Topdressing (5%)
  • *Monthly (May to July) – ¼” Solid Venting Tine (no removal)
  • ***August 8/12/19 or 8/19/19– ¼ ” Hollow Tine Aeration and Light Sand Topdressing (4%)
  • ***October 10/28/19 – ½” Hollow Tine Aeration w/ Heavy Topdressing and/or 2mm Sand Inject Graden (13%)
  •   ***December – 5/8” Solid Deep Tine Aeration w/ Heavy Topdressing
*    Minimal disruption to putting surface (healing time a few days)
**  Medium disruption to putting surface (healing time 7-10 days)
***Most disruption to putting surface (healing time 10-14 days)
Emphasis put on removing 20% of surface area per year
TEES:

      March 3/20/19 - 5/8” Hollow Tine Tee Aeration with Sand Topdressing
      August 8/13/19 - 5/8” Hollow Tine Tee Aeration with Sand Topdressing
      October 10/21/19 - 5/8” Hollow Tine Tee Aeration with Sand Topdressing

FAIRWAYS:

  •       March 3/4/19 – ¾” Solid Deep-Tine Aeration (no cleaning necessary)
  •     March 3/18/19 – 5/8” Hollow Tine Aeration *may be delayed until fall*
  •    August -  ¾” Solid Deep-Tine Aeration (no cleaning necessary) w/ Verticut
  •    October 10/15/19 – Graden Dethatching of Fwys/Approaches or ¾ Solid Deep-Tine
  •      November - ¾” Solid Deep-Tine Aeration

ROUGHS:
      Beginning November aerate all roughs for healthy turf green to tee

#1 GREEN AND BUNKER PROJECT UPDATE

As a reminder, work will begin on #1 to our Green Complex on October 15, 2019. During this time and until we re-open in the spring of 2020, a temporary putting surface will be available in #1 fairway until the green is restored and grown-in for early May golf.
The project work will break ground with McDonald and Sons Design and Construction Co., our goals will be to preserve the original design intent while modifying the green to become more usable and fair with our modern green speeds. This is not a total rebuild, simply a modification of the subsurface by matching the existing green specifications, re-working the added material and reusing the existing green's sod to reduce closure time and keep our surfaces consistent. Enclosed you will find the document that details the specifications of the changes.
Along with the work to the green site, we will also address the issues with the front right greenside bunker by rebuilding this complex. Over the past few years, this bunker has become compromised due to the heavy rain events causing significant contamination and collapsed grass slopes. Our goal is to restore this site as close as possible to the original design to keep the integrity of the bunker complex while improving the playability and repairing the drainage issues. During the construction, we will be using the Better Billy Bunker System which is widely viewed as the best liner on the market and a bunker sand was selected to help us achieve our goals on the golf course.  
If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me.

Monday, September 2, 2019

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 9/2/19

SUMMER TO REMEBER

  • Actual mowing heights – GREENS .115, TEES/COLLARS, .300, APPROACHES/COLLECTIONS .325, FAIRWAYS .375, STEP-CUT 1”, ROUGH 2.25”.
  • All August Aeration complete - Greens and Collections 5" Bayonnet slicing tine, Fairways and Approaches 3/4" Solid Tine to 8", Tees 1/2" hollow tine w/ no sand due to heat. I plan on 1/4" needle tining greens every two weeks throughout the fall, little to no effect on ball roll.
  • Slice and seeded Rough areas to improve grass varieties and renovated weak areas.
  • Sod work in select spots to help expedite recovery in weak or damaged areas. Also extended the fairway collection behind #13 green to provide more interest and shot options. 
  • Soil Amendments applied to help build strong turf going into fall golf and build towards 2020.
  • Planning and excitement builds while we wait until construction starts at #1 green. We will break ground on October 15 with good weather and be finished in 7 to 10 days. This green will be closed for the fall and a temporary green available in #1 fairway for play.
  • Maintenance and bed detail work around the property daily.
  • Tennis Court daily prep and detail - new watering windows and attention to court detail being worked on with Tennis Pro.

8/26/19 Consistency and Detail
The unofficial end to summer is here and looking at what we accomplished in some challenging circumstances gives me a lot of pride in the product our team produced. We battled relentless heat between torrential storms it seems since July of 2018 and continued to keep healthy surfaces while conditioning for tournament play. Over five seasons our staff has worked thru with my agronomic programs and this season the hard work shined while others in our area showed weaknesses. The extra time spent on property and effort put in by all my guys helps us to be who we are and what we produce and for those efforts I am grateful. Over the coming months, we will again start building towards next season with aggressive cultural practices and exciting project work to continue advancing our reputation as a Club and the reputation of our Department as one of the best-conditioned courses in the area. Thank you for the support and fall golf is going to spectacular!

DEEP TINE AERATION INFO


https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/regional-updates/southeast-region/2019/deep-tine-aeration--deferred-maintenance-you-shouldn-t-do-withou.html

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW





https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/course-care/forethegolfer/2019/five-things-every-new-golfer-should-know-about-caring-for-the-course.html