Friday, December 5, 2014

Is spring here already!

Boy with the 70 degree temperatures this week it sure does feel like spring!

Just a heads up, when it gets warm for more then a few days our greens will start growing out of dormancy again and they will put a little slower. This will all change once it gets cold again.

Friday, November 7, 2014

As winter sets in we all need to be reminded!

As winter is getting closer to setting in on Riverlands Golf and Country Club I thought it would be a great time to remind everyone of a few winter rules we need to abide by. These rules are set in place to help protect your golf course and the turf you enjoy playing on. Please help us keep better care of your course during our winter months!

1) - Frost delays - This may be the most important rule for your turf. When you arrive at our club and you see nothing but winter white everywhere please remember that we are not allowed to walk on the frosted turf. when you step or ride on frosted turf it causes the cells inside of the turf to basically explode which kills the plant tissue. While the temperatures may not be below 32 degrees outside the frost causes a freezing effect. once walked on these areas will die out leaving foot prints or tire tracks that will not heal over until next spring. The same goes for frozen turf. last year we had some people walk around on #5 green when it was frozen which left us with about a 5' section in the middle of the green that stayed dead until mid spring when it finally grew back in.

Your maintenance crew is experienced in frost removal and will do everything within our power to get you out on the course as soon as it is possible. As the winter progresses we will reach a point where we cannot use our irrigation system to remove the frost (the water will just freeze). At this point we will have to wait until the sun thaws out the frost. If we happen to stay cold enough for a long enough time the turf will go dormant. As long as it is completely dormant (down to the crown of the plant) we will be able to waive the frost delay to some extent. For all of the members that drive your carts to the course, do not drive across the frosted fairways straight to the clubhouse. You need to enter the course either through the main roadway, by #6 canal or by #4 green. I know by habit you are used to driving straight out of your backyard onto the course. This is not an option when we have frost on the ground. It is your course please take care of it.

2) freezing weather - We generally do not see to many freeze days during our southern winters. but we have a standing rule if it is 33 degrees or lower the course will be shut down until it warms up. I know we have a few troopers that can play in just about any weather but we need to keep in mind the health of our turf comes first.

3) Tee times and frost delays - Our pro shop staff is responsible for maintaining the tee times in the order they were given with the new starting time of when the course was actually open for play. During the winter you need to expect that on any day your tee times may be shifted by the amount of time of our frost delay! you may contact the pro shop during the morning to check and see about your tee times.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bunker on #14 finally completed

We finally completed the bunker on #14 and had enough sand left over to add some into bunkers #3, #7, #10 and #16.
Our next bunker scheduled for renovation will be the front left bunker on #18.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall weather has arrived

Boy it sure feels great this morning! Just a little breezy, but the temperature is wonderful.

We have our Seniors club championship tournament this weekend and will be working on cleaning up the course and getting everything marked off. We sprayed our fairways with the growth regulator Primo over the weekend so by this coming weekend they should be looking a lot better and not as shaggy. Our greens are starting to fill back in from the severe verticutting last week and should also be in good shape. let me know if you see anything we may have missed and we will get it tidied up.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Verticutting greens

Hello everyone, This past Monday we verticut the greens due to how thick the front side were getting. In most cases it was causing our greensmower to scalp the greens. We ended up having to remove the maximum of material as possible from the greens in order to try to get it back under control. You will notice the damage to the greens the most on holes 1-9 and 12 as they had the biggest issues with it. Getting into the greens this severe will take another week for the to heal back up. Rest assure that we are working towards getting back up to your standards as quickly as possible.

What you see here is the turf that is giving us problems. This was taken right after verticutting and you can see how much or the turf is standing up and how thick it is compared to the rest of the green. Some may call this contamination since it does not grow like the rest of the turf does. These are the areas that have been scalped back.

This is what is happening to the high turf you see standing up when we cut!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Aerification complete!

Hello everyone, we have now completed the aerification process on our greens and wait for the holes to complete growing over. We have also added many nutrients to the soil to help the root system develope before the winter season gets here.

We have also edged all of our bunkers on the course and wait for the fall to arrive.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Spraying weeds and cutting dead trees

Just a small course update, We have cut out three dead trees from the course this last week. We have also aerified our tees again and have returned to our spraying of the weeds in the fairways and tees. We are scheduled to aerifye the greens on August 18th (pulling cores).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

swim invitational weekend

A heads up to our membership that this weekend is our big swim invitational. This thing is so big we have to use over half of the driving range just for parking (as well as our parking lot). What this means is that the golf course will be played a little different in that you will not start from the #1 tee but instead it will either be #13 or #16 tee you will start from. We will also have a number of holes that will be shortened up to keep stray golf balls from hitting any of the cars of participant's in the swim meet.

Most of the tents, bleachers and food trucks will be delivered on Thursday and Friday. Please be patient as we only have to live through this once every 7 years.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Filling in the holes

This has been a very challenging aerification process for us this year. After receiving 10" of rain during the week we aerified we we unable to put any sand on the greens to fill the holes in with. To top that off the greens were so wet and soft (due to the holes) we could not even cut them the whole week. We did roll them three times in hopes of making them roll better. Monday we were finally dry enough to top dress the greens and we loaded them down with sand. the issue is that the turf has already grown tall enough to slow down the process of dragging the sand into the holes which requires even more sand.
Before we could add more sand we had a couple of chemical applications that needed to be done to the greens. One that was done Tuesday and was a herbicide for goose grass/crab grass and the one we did today was a fungicide for the Fairy Ring. we are now topdressing again and will be dragging them in again right after. With only a four day week due to the 4th of July we still have hopes of having them put as well as possible by the weekend.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Greens Aerification

This week was our scheduled aerification for our greens, Even after 3" of rain Sunday night we were still able to start pulling plugs on Monday. Halfway through we developed a leaking tire on our aerification tractor which got worse as the day went on to the point of us finally having to stop. After ordering two new $850 each tires and mounting them we were able to again resume the aerification on Wednesday afternoon. We managed to get all but 4 greens completed before getting hammered with rain once again. We were finally able to complete the last greens Thursday morning.
While we were able to punch all of the holes we are still not able to put sand on the greens or try to cut them down. Currently I am hopeful that we can topdress them on Monday.