Winter has arrived!

The high temperature of 16 degrees today and a wind chill of -8, i figured it would be a good day to update everyone on the progress being made with the winter projects.

The arborist is making headway on the tree list despite marginal weather. Daytime highs above freezing make the soil surface to soft to operate the heavier equipment over which reduces the hours per day in which they can work efficiently. Through detailed planning on both our parts and a whole lot of flexibility, they have been able to take down the 7 trees surrounding 1 green,

1 green from 128 yrds out

prune the maple on 2 tee, begin pruning back the left side of #3, remove 2 large trees from the back of 7 green. Prune back the trees on 8 tee, remove one tree on the right of 18 and grind out 22 stumps. All of this completed with a minimum amount of damage to the course!

On our side of the fence, the Green staff have been able to clean up stump grindings, spread tons of wood chips along the sides of number 6 which should add to the new openness of the hole as we will no longer let the sides grow up like in the past.

6 with wood chipped sides

We have also back filled stump holes on 5, 10, 15 and 17, prune back the fence lines on 10 & 11, installed proper drainage for the grass depression at 10 green, along with snow removal and assisting with a couple of clubhouse projects.

As beneficial this cold weather is for tree work, its a deterrent for working the ground! We have stripped the front tee of 13

13 tee sod removed

and began cleaning old sand out of the left side bunker of 17 before the ground froze.                 (we will address the fairway flooding shown in the picture below with the bunker restorations.)  

17 bunker with most of the sand removed but filled with weekend rain

Working on these two project is frozen in time so to speak as we can not resume work until the ground thaws. In the meantime, we will focus on completing the tree work and other winter tasks.

 

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Tree Program Update

With all factors considered, the progress on the tree health program is amazing. The arborist and his staff have taken down 27 trees. They have also completed some of the required pruning and grounded out a few stumps. The constant weekly rains has been the largest obstacle in completing additional work, but overall the progress is impressive.

view from 6 tee

As you can see from the photo above and following, some holes are going to look different. Most of the tree work is being performed for turf health and play ability.

Completed pruning at 8 tee from the back tee.

Even though 27 trees have been taking down, much more work needs to be completed before I deem a removal “complete”. Logs have to be removed off the property, stumps have to ground out, cleaned up, their void back-filled and then seeded or sod depending on their location. The Green Dept staff take over the process after the stumps have been ground.

View from the right side 9 tee.

11 fairway from 100 yrds

Here is a link to an updated tree list that will give you a little more detail on where we stand on all the tree work. Please note the few new additions highlighted in yellow.  I have to give a shout out to Glenn Riggs, Arborist. Glenn and his staff have been very flexible with scheduling and generous with their time by completing some additional pruning free of charge.

2019 comprehensive tree program

And one last photo from 14 fairway, please note one more pine behind the green to the right has yet to be removed.

14 fairway from 150 yrds