Friday, June 7, 2019

Greens and Tees

Along with aeration to the teeing surface we also go back and incorporate an aggressive verticutting and sand topdressing.  Verticutting is a process which allows us to remove excess thatch (spongy feel) on the teeing surface.  Once the verticutting is completed there will be many liner slits cut down into the canopy, that can be backfield with straight sand.  This will help to firm the surface up along with creating a better growing media for the Bermuda grass 

The Picture showing the amount of thatch that is pulled up from the teeing area.  This will be picked up and discarded.

Showing the sand topdressing be applied to the teeing area.  This will be dragged into the slits after drying.

We used a .250 solid tine of a 3 inch spacing on the putting greens earlier this week.  This is done to create air channels to help with better water penetration and root growth.  You will notice the sand topdressing was applied before the solid tine aeration.  This was done to eliminate tire tracks from the topdressing machine since aeration makes the surface of the putting green soft.  

Here is a close up picture of what it looks like after the aerators have gone over the greens.  After a few hours a drag brush is used to incorporate sand into the canopy and some will even get into the small holes.

Aeration to Collars and Tee

Aeration to Bermuda grass collars and approaches. We perform this task to help Alivate compaction, help with drainage and thatch control.

Aeration performed on all tee surfaces

Aseil picking up the plugs with a team of staff members.  

Here is a picture of the slicing tunes used in the fairways and rough areas. This procedure will help slice the Bermuda runners and help the Bermuda spread.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Member Guest Weekend

The staff has done and excellent job this spring with the tasks to get the course ready for the spring golf season. Here are some picture from this past weekends member guest the help share their hard work and dedication. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Bunker depth corrections

Over the last week and a half the staff has been working in the bunkers to fix torn liners, correct sand depths throughout each  bunker. New sand has been added where needed. 

Francisco showing me that this spot has been fixed several time. Most of the damage we see in the bunkers are on the slope/floor transition areas.

One staff member measures and the other staff members add sand where it has been indicated 

18 green side bunker, fixing liners making sand corrections

Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Task 2

Here is a big pile of tree debris from all the tree work we did around the golf course.  Staging it to burn so we can make more room for storage.

Here are a few pictures illustrating the deep edging of the bunkers.  Each winter the staff 
performs a deep edge so we don't lose the original edge or the definition of the bunkers.  We find that the low edge is the area that grows in the most rapidly. The staff uses shovels and rakes so as you 
can see it is a lot of tedious work to dig out the edges an not containment the sand. 

Here is the middle green side bunker at 3 green site.  The shovel is indicating where 
the bunker edge was this morning.  You can see they removed about 18 inches of grass that had grown in.

I have had a few questions about the purple spots on the greens this winter. 
it is effects of the cold winter weather that causes the segregated plant varieties of the A1-A4 bent grass. It is mainly cosmetic and will disappear once we start routine mowing next month and 
warmer weather allows for more growth on the greens.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

February tasks

We have added several tarps to teeing areas at 9 and 10 tees to do some testing for winter survival and hopefully more protection from the winter low temps and wind from drying them out. We really don’t know if it is more the cold or drying out during the winter that causes the most damage. The covers will help hold  moisture in and reduce wind from drying the crown of the plant out.  It will also help to hold in some heat

Tree works is going on throughout the course. Managing tree lines and shade is an ongoing task on most golf courses. This is the case at the Foundry as well. This is 6 fairway and one of the fairways that had 
A lot of damage last winter and spring due to the extremely cold with and poor transition from rye to Bermuda grass in the summer. This tree line will be reduced by removing approximately 10-15 trees. Although complete removal of all the trees would be best that’s is not what we are looking for. We hope to create lanes of sunlights to enhance the growth of the grass while still leaving a tree line fairway to the left of the golf hole. 

Here is the same hole as above when we had snow last month. You can see the snow is in the same exact area as the shade line. This is a concern since it prevents the snow from  melting. 

Here is right side of 10 fairway. This areas was also greatly effected last winter and spring due to winter kill. North facing slope and shade lines cause havoc on the Bermuda grass 

Here is the staff doing some tree work on 12. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Networking for the golf industry

Representing at the Agricultural Business Banquent in Richmond On behalf of the Virginias Golf Course Superintendents Association. We were able to have some conversations with Congressman Dave Brat about our industry. Glad to know that he is willing to support us and willing to be part of  a some events in the future.

Spent some time in February visiting at the state capital representing for th Virginia Golf Course Industry. Meet with several Senators and Aides to lobby on behalf of some water/well drilling issues that were trying to be passed that did not Benefit the golf industry. This was one of the meetings that day with Senator Dave Sutterlain District 19 

During the early part of February, I attended the Golf Course Superintendents National Conference in San Antonio.
Continue Eduation is part of the way to keep up with the latest trends, network with professors, friends from other parts of the country and make other connections. 
No matter how many social network sites there are, having face to face time is still the most engaging and best way to learn!

The opening portion of the trade show floor in San Antonio. The Golf Course Architects Association built this hole inside the convention center for the event to help demonstrate several products found on a golf hole.

Closing ceramony sponsored by John Deere. Comedian Darrell Hammond provided us with some entertainment.