Friday, April 29, 2011

Range Update

When life presents you with a basket of lemons, you have no choice but to try and make lemonade. Earlier this week Mother Nature forced the closure of the driving range due to the extreme moisture in the landing zone. I am happy to report conditions have moderately improved and we will re-open part of the range this Saturday. There are still parts of the landing area that are too wet for the range picking equipment so we have installed a temporary section of fence to define the maximum distance you may hit balls this weekend(see photo below). We will place the hitting stations as far back on the tee as possible in order to maximum the number of clubs you will be able to use. Our quick measurement indicates you should be able to hit shots up to 165 yards. Please refrain from hitting clubs that will allow your ball to travel further than this distance.

We kindly ask that everyone please keep your shots inside this fence. If everyone cooperates, we should be able to make this work. Should issues arise, we will be forced to close the range once again.

Thanks for your understanding and have great weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I am sorry to report that we must close the Driving Range for a couple of days. The relentless rains are making it impossible for the Golf Services staff to pick the balls off the range. We have gotten both mowers and the range picking cart stuck on more than one occasion in the last 48 hours. We apologize for the minor inconvenience and appreciate your patience. With a little luck, we should be able to re-open the range by Saturday.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cultural Practices Have Begun

This week we crossed another milestone marker in the preparation of the new greens. For the first time, we were able to aggressively brush the greens and remove some of the unnecessary tissue. This process involved driving a cart on the greens for the first can imagine my fear...that's why I did it myself. Below are some photos that outline the process.

The first step of the process was to brush the greens with the pull behind unit pictured above. This brush stood up lots of unnecessary tissue that could then be mowed off.

On the right side of this photo, you can clearly see how much tissue is being removed.

Here is a wider view of the mowing process. Just look at how much grass is being removed!

The final step of the process was to mechanically roll the greens to remove any slight impressions that may have been left behind by the cart tires.

This process of brushing is just one off many maintenance items we group under the title of cultural practices. Others include aerification (hollow tine, solid tine and deep tine) and topdressing. These are the critical practices that will ensure the longevity of the new greens. They are the basic maintenance items that help prevent the excess accumulation of organic matter (thatch) in greens and maybe more importantly to you, they are the practices that promote smooth, fast putting greens.