Thursday, May 5, 2016

Early May Updates

We're still in the "Herd of Speeding Turtles" mode here in WNY.  All greens have been aerified and topdressed but recovery has been slow due to low soil temperatures.  We have finally crept into the low 50's for soil temperature and should begin to see the fertilizer kick in to accelerate recovery.

The bridge on #15 Lake is nearly complete with only the stone work, landscaping, paving and staining to be completed.  As part of the project, we were able to both make the bridge wider and eliminate the abrupt ramps on each end of the old bridge resulting in a quieter and more comfortable ride.

As we do every spring, we are renovating a few bunkers in advance of the NJCAA National Championship.  Assistant superintendent, Bill Peterson, has already completed #9 Lake and is currently tackling the greenside bunkers on #2 Lake in an effort to improve drainage.

If you have been out to play lately, you may have noticed some white lines and arrows on the paths.  These indicate sections of paths that are scheduled for repair and another coat of blacktop for a smoother ride.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hmmmmmm, Something's Missing

With the nasty weather we've been having, you probably haven't been out by #15 Lake in the last week, but if you have, you may have noticed that the bridge is missing.

No, it wasn't stolen, nor was it swept away by all the rain and melting snow. We have been wanting to renovate it for several years, but the right time never presented itself. Thanks to a generous gift from the Connolly family, that time is now. Improvements will be a wider, flatter and much more aesthetically pleasing bridge as well as a wider pond bank on which we will be able to add some nice landscaping.

As with any project, there will be a temporary inconvenience. Our inconvenience will be a re-routing of golf cart traffic around the other side of the pond. When taking this detour please be considerate of people teeing off at #16 and be careful of the wet areas. We will have a pre selected route marked out for you, but it will still be a little wet regardless of where you drive.

Thank you for your patience during this and all projects. You will like the finished product.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Off Like a Herd of Speeding Turtles

It has been an unbelievable start to the golf season in 2016.  Cups changed and greens mowed twice before April 1st for the first time ever.  Golfers have burst out of the gates and some had several rounds played by the end of March.  It's always great to see the course being used at normally slow times.

The turf, on the other hand, hasn't been told that golf season has started.  The soil temperatures are still cool and well under what the grass prefers for growing, just now starting to green up and grow a little.  And that growth is about to come to a screeching halt if the 10 day forecast holds true.  Highs in the 20's and 30's and lows down to the teens early next week.  This should serve as a nice reminder that it is only early April here in Chautauqua County.

Good golfing weather will be here again before you know it but, for now, we are just a bunch of speeding turtles going nowhere fast.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

And so it begins......

Today we were able to get our first roll and mow of 2016 done on the Lake Course.  That would make it the second earliest first mowing during my tenure here at Chautauqua Golf Club, trailing only March 16, 2012.  I thought we might have had a chance to beat that mark but last week's 24 hour soaker set us back several days.  Today was the perfect day for it.  The season is coming upon us quickly.  Are you ready?

Monday, June 1, 2015

One More Week

On the eve of this year's NJCAA Championship, I feel as I always do, "One more week."  One more week to get all the little things done to provide these fine young men, and occasional young lady, with the golf course they deserve for their championship.

The reality of it is that everything will be playing just fine come tomorrow morning and usually the little things are the odd tree that was missed by the trimming crew or the flower garden that didn't get edged or weeded again last week.  But this year is different, the little things are a little bigger with our drainage project still being in the repair stage.  The course will still play as well as it ever has for the tournament, just with a little more white paint for ground under repair, and the "one more week" would have only provided a more finished look as these areas would still need to be played as ground under repair since it would not be fully healed yet.

So, as we embark on another week of the NJCAA Championship, I would like to wish all competitors a sincere good luck and hope you enjoy your experience here at Chautauqua Golf Club.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


And we're back to lion status with the weather.  28*F and a good covering of snow this morning.

 Fortunately, this hasn't slowed progress of the drainage contractor.  He is currently working on #16 Lake and will be heading to #14 Lake and #9 Lake respectively after that.

Lots of flow in the trench yesterday.  It will have even more after the laterals are installed today.  Looking forward to drier conditions on these holes.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?

As March begins we had a nice freezing rain yesterday afternoon and overnight.  Crummy weather to be sure, but at least that means our temps are warmer than they have been.  I'm not sure if this qualifies as "in like a lion", maybe more like "in like a bobcat".  The forecast looks promising with a slight warming trend at the end of the 15 day outlook.  If nothing else, there is room for optimism that perhaps this eternal winter may indeed end some time in 2015, preferably "out like a lamb" and sooner than later.

In case you may have forgotten, this is what summer looks like.