Mid-way through November and winter has reared it’s head( I’ve left out the term”ugly” because a break in play is beneficial for your golf course and I’m a skier/snowboarder). This cold snap will allow us to remove the trees behind 15 green and the one between the tees at 16. This work is scheduled for tomorrow Friday, November 15th. Play on Friday will be using an alternate green on 15, and a alternate tee on 16. Once the trees are removed, we will then excavate the stumps and begin construction of a new 16 tee along with making the required repairs to the green side roughs.
Bunker work is in progress with the rebuilding of the right side bunker on #17, and today we started to enlarge the right side bunker on # 1 in accordance to the Morrison restoration plan. We will also be enlarging the right side bunker on # 4. before the end of the year which is suggested in the plan also.
Drill n Fill aeration on greens went very smoothly despite frost last Friday morning. The colder weather has slowed down plant growth which is resulting in slower recovery of the greens. In an effort to induce continuing growth while insulating the grass plants crown areas, we have left slightly more topdressing on the greens than in the past. Should normal November temperatures return and leaf growth resumes, we will remove some of the excess topdressing off the greens.
Dryjecting aeration of approaches and collars was scheduled for yesterday and is now scheduled for tomorrow also. We have expanded the aeration into the collars and will be aerating the new green expansions on holes 1 & 4. Hopefully we’ll have enough thaw to complete this on Friday.
Speaking of the green expansions on 1 & 4, as soon as we can Dryject these areas, removing the existing grass, grading and installing new sod on these areas will take place. This work will also include expanding collars and approaches along with adding a step cut around the greens. Once this is completed, an outside contractor will be striping off green surround rough and replacing it with a high quality tall fescue sod.
Fan installation at 2 green is in progress. a new utility poles was installed and is awaiting PECO to extend service to it. In the meantime, we have begun installing the concrete mounting base. Looking at the weather forecast, early next week looks to be the soonest we can proceed with pouring the base.
We have engaged an asphalt contractor to make the necessary cart path repairs on holes 5, 6, 10, 12 & 14 along with patching potholes in the driveway . The work is scheduled to begin next Tuesday, November 19.
And lastly, leaf clean up! As temperatures moderate, we’ll resume mulching and picking up the leafs. Mulching in place is the most economical way of handling the leafs but some areas get so overwhelmed with them that we have to breakout the vacuum and move them to the recycle center on #3.