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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Poa Annua and our greens

We have Poa on our greens! I thought we were spraying to keep it out!

These are some of the statements I get from time to time. I will try to explain the issues with Poa on a golf course in the south.

We Superintendents have learned over the years that we actually have two Poa Annua seasons through the winter. The first starts around November and the second generally comes between January and March. The reasoning for this may be that this is generally when our pre-emergents start breaking down.

We sprayed our greens with a chemical called Tranxit last fall to take out any Poa and give us some preventitive action against it. You can see the results on the front approaches of a few greens (like #6) where our sprayer came off the green and the booms did not shut off until they were halfway done making the turn for the next pass. I would generally like to make a second application around February if conditions permit. You need to understand that the chemicals to remove the Poa is a herbicide, and that herbicides will harm our greens turf if the proper conditions are not present. The turf is most succeptable when it is just coming out of dormancy and the tender shoots are fairly new. An application under the wrong conditions could set back our greens for 2-6 weeks if the weather turned colder after application. In our area, our weather never stays cold enough, long enough to assure no damages to the turf. Spraying in the late fall is never a problem because the turf is established from a long growing season.

I am constantly looking for better chemicals to control our weeds. Our problem is that most of the best chemicals are priced out of sight and way out of our budget. but every year certain chemicals lose their patent's and the generic versions are released which then gives us more choices to choose from. Herbicides are the hardest chemicals to use on your greens. Slight mistakes can kill off areas in a heartbeat. Weather conditions can cause these chemicals to even more damage to their root systems. Timing is the key and we are faced with so many different variables it can be difficult to get applications out on time.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This last week we got back to trimming the Live Oaks along our roadway

We took out a lot of wood from these trees with the goal of helping the turf grow along #12 fairway/rough area. This next week we will take a step back and get back to cleaning up more of the leaves that have fallen in the last two weeks. After that is done we will continue trimming the oaks from #14 through #18.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Taking out the Water Oaks on #7

Our January board meeting had a vote on taking out two Water Oaks from #7, one on the left and one on the right. We took the right one out Monday and the left one out Tuesday. Today we are trimming the live oaks on the right side. Our goal is to get as much sunlight to the fairway as possible in order to allow the turf to grow. We have piled up the firewood size logs around the trees for anyone that wants it. The larger wood (that would need splitting) has been brought to the back by my shop. That is also available to anyone who wants it.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Riverlands "2015"

With the start of 2015 we have set our goals for our course operations pretty high and hope to achieve everything we wanted to. The year of 2014 was not bad maintenancne wise by the standards of the previous years. we were able to get back on track for many of our  chemical programs. we can only hope 2015 will be equally as good if not better! With basically 2 months left of winter we will be getting back to our tree trimming program as well as trying to wrap up a few other projects that had bee put off in 2014.
Lets all try to pull together to make 2015 an even better year then 2014!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Years Eve & New Years day

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Years Day!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday schedule

Hello everyone, I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the clubs schedule for the holidays.

We will be open on Christmas eve until 2:00pm, closed on Christmas day for our employees to enjoy some family time for Christmas.

We will also be closed on New Years day!

From everyone at Riverlands Golf and Country Club, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year!