Friday, March 17, 2017

Things going on this week

Cold weather this week has set the turf back again

Well with the 40 degree nights we got two days this week all of our turf is browning back out again.

This may cause faster green speeds until they start greening back up.

We are also using the calm wind days to spray out some of the clovers around the course.

Things on or fix list

Repair holes in the entrance road
Spray roundup around ditches and old tree stumps
Fertilize Greens and Tees
Spray for mole crickets on greens and slopes (waiting for more warm weather)
Weedeat and spray around ponds
Build a plan to repair concrete bridge

Friday, March 10, 2017

overhead pictures

I'm really looking forward to using my new toy around the course this year. I plan on getting the bird going as soon as we get green. you can expect to see many pictures in the near future, some of which we will be using in advertising on our clubs web page.

Our greens aerification dates are now set.

We will be aerifying our greens on May 1st and July 31st. this year.
We will be making the medium sized holes we have been using for the last few years. You may expect the club to be closed the Monday we aerifye and 9 holes closed the Tuesday while we try to get the holes filled with sand.

It certainly feels like spring is here! here's what we are doing on the course

This week we sprayed our greens for the Poa. we have one more application to put out in two more weeks.

We are hoping that the weather will permit us to spray out the clovers throughout the course next week (low winds)

During our board meeting this past Wednesday, we had a discussion about building a plan to repair our concrete bridge that goes to #16 tee. With erosion from under the bridge caused by nutria rats we had a 20' long area that has been sinking, causing the bridge to drop about 8"-12". We took action about 5 years ago to shore up the outer chain wall, in hopes of keeping it from collapsing. We are currently having meetings to discuss our options. knowing we have a very tight budget we have to find very cheap solutions. I am hopeful we can come up with a solution that we can implement  before summer. Whatever we decide to do, it will still take 6-12 months to settle before we can pour the concrete cart path.

I will keep you updated as I get new information.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Poa annua on our greens?

I have been ask why the poa annua is so bad on greens #8 and #17 even though we sprayed them back in December. This is actually a good reason why I attend my National golf course conference. I learned a few weeks ago that Superintendents across the nation has been seeing a resistance building up to certain herbicides on Poa Annua. We have known for a long time that resistance could build up towards fungicides, much like the human body can build up resistance to certain antibiotics if we do not alternate them. Until recently we had not seen any sign of resistance to herbicides. This has actually caused agronomist to go back to square one and change our old habits of use what works best to making sure we use different classes of herbicides.

Bottom line is that going into the future we will need to use other chemicals even if they cost more. For now I still have one more application for the greens as soon as weather permits.

Reviving my blog

Hello everyone, Where had last year gone? I feel like I only stopped updating my blog a few months ago and with Pablo re-working our website I knew now was the time for me to get back to work on my blog. Let me briefly bring everyone up to date on Riverlands.

Well 2016 was a pretty normal year for us. no major storms or disasters to slow us down. Our Board of Directors headed by then President Mark Smith was responsible for finally getting our new kitchen ceiling installed as well as finally completing the improvements to our men's locker room. While we still have more work to do on the clubhouse its almost all little things.

The golf course did see a cutback on Maintenance labor as did most of the other departments. While the cutbacks did effect our course conditions to some extent we had a few volunteer groups that came out and helped on some of the Mondays. One thing we were able to try was the new Dryject Aerification process. This is where a special machine is used to punch holes in the greens and fill them up with sand, all at the same time. I really love the process but it is extremely labor intensive and costly.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 has arrived!

This winter has been one for the books. Here we are in January 13th and we just had our first frost of the winter. It was only a light frost which should not effect us much. We have also been receiving a lot of rain lately and mostly late in the week, which of course is not great for business. My crew has been regulated to cleaning up and trying to keep the leaves out of the way. We also get busy in our shop trying to repair equipment from the previous years cutting. The best this though is that now spring is right around the corner! See you on the course.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day schedule! (the whole weeks schedule)

Just a reminder!
We are Open for play Monday (Labor Day) get your tee times at the Pro Shop! Also this is the last day the pool will be open!
Tuesday we are closed for maintenance work!
Wednesday we are open for play again!
Thursday we are closed for our St John the Baptist Parish United Way Tournament which we are proud to host!
Friday we are open for regular play again (need to call and get your tee times) We will also be having practice rounds for the LGA junior Ryder Cup Tournament
Saturday and Sunday you will need to check with Pro Shop on available tee times Due to the LGA Tournament Junior Tournament.
Wow what a busy week ahead of us!

Sorry for not keeping up with my blog lately, I have been very busy on the course and have no excuse!
Randy Smith

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fairway aerification

We aerified all of our fairways this week and will be applying fertilizer to them on Thursday!.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Spring Greens Aerification

This week we aerified our greens. Normally punching the holes would be completed in one day. This year seems to be anything but normal. Our tractors water pump broke on us along with the fan punching holes in the radiator. It ended up being Thursday before we were able to it all fixed and complete the aerification process. We topdressed the greens pretty heavy and drug in the sand. We will continue dragging the sand in through next week. We are applying fertilizer today and will be watering them heavy every night. We will also roll the greens ASAP.