Sunday, April 18, 2021

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 4/18/21

                                         

    Here we go Pine Hollow! The season is about to start cranking and I'd like to welcome all incoming members to the family and thank all the returning membership for their continued dedication to our Club. This has been quite the journey for all of us and with an exciting new business model combined with a vibrant membership our team is dedicated to making this rebound season one to remember. As we continue transitioning and making changes until the closing of the sale, I hope you feel the excitement permeating from our property as we lay the foundation for this year. You can also rest assured our management staff is working tirelessly to assemble the right team to prepare for today while building for our long-term success tomorrow and we know this may take time. We understand and acknowledge all aspects aren't currently to our standards but please give us the opportunity to get everything in place to generate a great club experience for you and your guests. 
    Around the property you will begin to see more detailed work addressed, golf course conditions improve, and the grounds start to come alive with the warmer spring weather. This is always an exciting time of the year and this spring we have an added element of excitement as we welcome new faces that haven't seen all our Club has to offer. In my 14 years at Pine Hollow I've seen every aspect of our property, and yet I still challenge myself to experience the day differently. Maybe this means spending more time at the tennis, a round of golf with a new member, walking thru the grounds wildlife watching. My point is we have so much to offer here and it's not all about the scheduled events, this is your property and we are here to help make this Club your sanctuary. You have my team's dedication to assisting in your experience and our department will do everything we can to exceed your expectations. 
    So please help support us thru this transition while we work out operations, don't forget to enjoy the small things life over the past year gave us a renewed perspective on, and enjoy every aspect of your experience here at home.

  • GREENS - Mowed at .125" 3 times per week rolled 3 times until grass growth and demand dictates otherwise. TEES/COLLARS/APPROACHES Mowed at .325" 2 times per week. FWYS Mowed at .375" 2 times per week. ROUGH Will be cut in the coming weeks to clean up any winter debris and keep turf tight as needed.
  • 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 during the week of 4/5/21. The initial cleanup redistributed sand, removed weeds, and cleaned winter debris. We will continue to address thin sand on floors and rake more as the transition continues. 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 shortcut 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 will be made to landscape beds and will continue until completion. Flowers will be introduced to our beds around Mother's Day.
  • All golf course irrigation, bathrooms, and tennis irrigation are on and any repair work will be made as soon as possible with as little impact on member experience as possible.
  • All tennis courts re-surfaced and being rolled/groomed daily. During the week of 4/12/21 windscreens will begin to be hung up and detailed work will be completed as time allows.  
  • During the week of 4/19/21 driving range detail, mowing, and divoting will be made to have our practice areas ready for the season. The grass tee will be available 5/8/21.
  • Needle-tine aeration to greens will begin bi-weekly 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.

    Yours For Better Turf,
    Brent Peveich, GCS







Monday, March 8, 2021

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 3/8/21

Welcome back and thank you for your support and dedication to Pine Hollow in what has been one calendar year since the lockdown due to Covid began. Our team, membership, and club structure have been through a stressful time and without you, this season would not be possible. 

Our plan to begin the 2021 golf season is the same this year as every other and consistent with other Club's Operations. Starting today, we will phase in employees to begin the initial golf course clean up even though we still have snow on holes 2,3,5,6. and 7. Our plan is to open Greens as soon as possible with walkers once surfaces are cleaned up and daytime freezing temperatures are not forecasted. With the current snow coverage and volatile weather pattern, like in every March, our initial target on 3/24 for opening with walkers to greens is very conservative and with good work weather, we are hoping to exceed those expectations. Many may be questioning why it seems so late to open but this is not uncommon and we determine when to open by weather not calendar. Looking back to my notes we opened in a similar pattern; 2015 first week of April, 2016 the third week of March, 2017 the third week of March, 2018 the fourth week of March, 2019 the third week of March, and if not for Covid early March in 2020. Other restrictions and cart availability will be determined once the initial treeline cleanup is completed and forecasted rain events become more clear. Also as a reminder, please use good Driving Range etiquette and practice from the mats until our grass tee is made available.

 Welcome back and we're excited to ramp up for the 2021 season!


Monday, November 30, 2020

 

PINE HOLLOW C.C. AERATION SCHEDULE

GREENS:

  • **March 3/22/21– 3/8” Hollow Tine Aeration w/ Heavy Topdressing (5%)
  • *Monthly (May to July) – ¼” Solid Venting Tine (no removal)
  • ***August 8/9/21 or 8/16/21– 3/8 ” Hollow Tine Aeration and Light Sand Topdressing (5%)
  • ***October 10/25/21 – ½” Hollow Tine Aeration w/ Heavy Topdressing (8%)
  •   ***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 3/23/21 - 5/8” Hollow Tine Tee Aeration with Sand Topdressing
  • August 8/10/21- 5/8” Hollow Tine Tee Aeration with Sand Topdressing
  • October - 5/8” Hollow Tine Tee Aeration with Sand Topdressing

      FAIRWAYS: 

  •         March 3/1/21 – ¾” Solid Deep-Tine Aeration (no cleaning necessary)
  •      March 3/24/21 – 5/8” Hollow Tine Aeration *may be delayed until fall*
  •     August -  ¾” Solid Deep-Tine Aeration (no cleaning necessary) w/ Verticut
  •     October – Graden Dethatching of Fwys/Approaches or ¾ Solid Deep-Tine
  •     November - ¾” Solid Deep-Tine Aeration


      ROUGHS:

 Beginning March aerate all roughs for healthy turf green to tee then again in November since Aeration skipped in 2020





Tuesday, November 24, 2020

GOLF COURSE UPDATE 11/24/20


  • Aggressive sand topdressing on greens, tees, and approaches for firmer surfaces and for winter protection taking place until snow cover. Due to the heavy rains, we are continuing to dress our playing surfaces heavily until frozen ground or snow cover.
  • 2020 Aeration scheduled was amended from our original plans and with the exception of our roughs/lawns all work is complete. Once we see frozen weather approaching we will finish this process by deep tine aerifying our putting greens and pull cups for the season.
  • Winter soil amendments and plant protectant products to be applied.
  • Irrigation repairs, system adjustments, and winterization are complete.
  • Property Cleanup; leaves, plant material pruning, snow removal, parking areas, etc. continuing until completion
  • Tree Maintenance Plan implementation and specimen beautification will start once the growing season comes to a conclusion.
  • Equipment Maintenance for 2021 – performed by PHCC’s full-time mechanic. This work includes sharpening all cutting units, preventative maintenance to all our equipment, servicing, and repair work. 
  • Continued education to stay current with today’s agronomic issues and club business. Currently working on GCSAA Certification process, NYSBMP Certification, and taking online classes from The Ohio State University.
  • 2021 Budgeting/Ordering/Planning/Staffing.
Our final days with the 2020 staff are coming to a close here on the golf course and I wanted to thank the membership on behalf of my staff for another season of maintaining this property and your continued support throughout these challenging times. We are grateful to call Pine Hollow home with all of you and thankful for the Thanksgiving Turkeys you provided for our families. As we all look to the next year and the holiday sesaon for happiness, hope, and optimism I just want you to know that the Green Department is dedicated to continuing our reputation of excellence in Property Management and Country Club Service. Again from all of us thank you for this opportunity, be safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!




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.