Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Little Crew Recognition

Thanks, Jim Riggs and the Post Journal for recognizing the efforts of my crew in last week's NJCAA tournament.

No one sees first hand what my staff does more than Jim. He's here at first light every day.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Course Update 6/14/13

As you might imagine, the course is extremely saturated this morning.  Pinehurst Golf Club just down the road in Westfield claims to have had 9" in the last 12 days. While we've fallen quite short of that mark, we have had just shy of 4" in the last week, equalling our average June rainfall at only the mid way point of the month.

With this in mind, we have decided to only mow greens this morning. They are also getting a roll and cup changing. The course looks great considering the high amounts of rain and play we have experienced in the last week and sending the larger mowers out on the course would only bring up mud and leave ruts. The trade off is going to be slightly higher fairways and rough for a couple days until it dries out, but we'll be better off for it in the long run.

The only other routine maintenance being done today is course setup (moving tee markers, etc) and bunker work repairing washouts and pumping them dry.

We are allowing carts today, but I implore you to use sound judgement and stick to paths where possible. Maybe even opt for a pull cart over a power cart to save wear and tear on your golf course and keep it nicer for next week.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Just Ducky

Today marks yet another day of trying to be productive without making the course a complete mess. With all the rain we've received in the last week, mowing and projects have taken a back seat to those tasks that can be done without further damaging the course. We've survived two 100+ person shotgun tournaments since Saturday morning with little more than some superficial mud tracks, but the rain in the last two days has taken us past the point where we can mow without doing more harm than good.

Mowing is out for a day or two and projects have come to a complete halt. Trying to work with soil, leveling tees and making gardens around new tee signs, is a mess and hurts us more long term than leaving them until they dry out. That's never what anyone wants to hear but it's the cold hard fact of the matter. On the bright side, turf growth has slowed considerably in the last few days and it won't be out of control if we skip a mowing or two and , with any luck, it will dry up enough that we can get out there soon.

So, today we are working on repairing cart path washouts, edging bunkers, trimming trees along cart paths, repairing irrigation leaks, weedeating,and other odd jobs.

In the meantime, if you ask me how I'm doing, I'm "Just Ducky"

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