Friday, September 26, 2014
The Golf Course maintenance Staff and I are very excited in preparation of the Member/Member 2014 Tournament. We will be implementing some additional cultural practices (double cutting & rolling) this today and through the weekend. The golf course has really improved this year. We want to THANK the membership for their continued support and wish GOOD LUCK to the the participants in the tournament.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
As a member of the Golf Course Superintendent's Association, I have achieved a professional milestone. I have achieved Certification through the GCSAA. This accomplishment is one I have been pursuing for a few years. In the beginning of my career (16 years ago), my goal was to become a Certified Golf Course Superintendent. This achievement requires education, determination, experience and professionalism. I am very proud to say I am a CGCS. I want to thank some mentors that have guided me throughout my career. Without these gentlemen, my accomplishment would not have been attainable. Jack Archer (Golf Course Superintendent - Timber creek Golf Club), Chuck Carter - (President of C.E. Carter & Associates), Shannon Easter (Director of Golf Course Maintenance - Craft Farms Golf Club) and Carl Collins (Director of Maintenance - American Golf Corporation)They have instilled in me the knowledge in becoming a successful Golf Course Superintendent. Thank You for your guidance. I hope to mentor other aspiring Certified Golf Course Superintendents through the core values and ethics the association desires.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Steve Barker is the Co-Worker of the Month for July 2014. Steve has been employed with the Golf Course Maintenance Department since 2001. Steve is very experienced in the maintenance of the golf course and clubhouse grounds. Steve concentrates daily on the maintenance of the Clubhouse and Tennis Facilities. I want to congratulate Steve on this achievement. Keep Up the Great Work!
John Rogers is the Golf Course Maintenance Department Co-Worker of the Month for June 2014. John has been with the department since 2011. His first task was edging cart paths and is now one of our best trained Co-Workers operating equipment. We appreciate John's hard work and dedication towards the department and membership of Brookstone Golf & Country Club. John is currently working and going to school. He is in his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College majoring in Diesel Mechanics. Keep Up the Great Work!
This year has flown by very quickly and we are preparing the golf course for the Member/Member Tournament this weekend. This tournament is extra special for the staff and the members of Brookstone Golf & Country Club. This is the last "BIG" tournament of the year and is specifically important for the most important people "The Member". The staff and I are very excited about this year's tournament. The golf course has improved significantly with the improvements to the greens, bunkers, tees and overall. Our goal is to provide the best conditions for the tournament. I am confident the tournament will be the best Member/Member tournament. I will update frequently pictures and schedules of the maintenance practices in preparation for the tournament. Good Luck to all the participants!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Part of maintaining ultradwarf bermudagrass (Champion) is topdressing. This year we have applied a little more sand than usual to aid in the tie-in of the plugs and sod throughout the putting surfaces. Topdressing will also smooth and firm-up the putting surfaces to improve playability. Once the sand is dragged with a brush and watered, the sand will be unable to be seen. This is one of the most important cultural practices in maintaining ultradwarf greens.
#3 Green is coming along very quickly. We removed and installed 266 plugs in this green. In two weeks we have implemented the proper practices (fertilization, topdressing & vertical mowing) to improve growth and plyability. Below are some pictures of the sponging, plugging and recovery.
A reminder to the membership, we have posted the minutes from the Greens Committee Meeting, A Suggestion Box and golf course related notes on the bulletin boards in the Ladies and Men's Locker rooms. The Greens Committee and the Golf Course Maintenance Department encourage all members to review the board for additional information regarding the maintenance of the golf course. The suggestion box is ideal for members to communicate their concerns or compliments regarding the golf course. The Greens Committee Chairman (Mr. Jim Glasgow) and I review these for discussion during the meetings. We check the boxes daily for the comments.
Friday, August 15, 2014
We will be implementing a very important cultural practice on Monday. We are going to vertically mow , double mow and topdress the greens. This cultural practices reduces thatch accumulation, shoot density and aids in providing a smoother putting surface. We will also continue to plug any small areas of the contamination removal that haven't completely filled-in. We are going to remove some of the construction material left over from the renovations. Please view the schedule below regarding the maintenance practices for next week.
Monday, August 11, 2014
The bunker renovation has made a huge improvement to the labor and maintenance of the golf course regarding clean-up. We received an estimated 2 inches of rain on Friday (August 8, 2014). This amount of rain would require many labor hours of bunker restoration. Unfortunately, we did receive some wash in the bunkers. This is due to the outside flow of water surrounding the bunkers. We plan to add some drainage directional berms to some of the surrounding bunkers. Out of the 58 bunkers renovated, we only had 6-7 with some wash. We did have the pesky finger washes on the perimeters of the bunkers, but nothing out of the ordinary. The fairway bunkers will be completed next year. Over the last few years, we have lost significant labor hours to bunker restoration during the winter season. The loss of labor has restricted the staff in focusing on small winter projects. This winter, the maintenance staff will have the ability to focus on irrigation improvements, additional drainage throughout the golf course and other areas in need of attention. Below are some pictures of the bunkers with minimal to no wash.
Friday, August 8, 2014
The schedule below is the projected maintenance schedule for the golf course next week. Of course, this is weather dependent. Based on our segmentation standards, I forecast the following week's schedule for the maintenance staff. Every minute of every co-worker's time is valuable in maintaining the facilities at Brookstone Golf & Country Club. This system enables me to focus on details, control labor dollars and implement cultural practices necessary for member and guest satisfaction. This schedule is posted every Friday afternoon, so the management team can plan and discuss any alternatives to the schedule. The schedule aids the equipment manager in repairs and preventative maintenance scheduling. This is a great tool for the staff. This schedule answers many questions members may have regarding mowing practices, projects and cultural practices.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
We have been experiencing some pretty HOT temperatures within the last few weeks. As the temperature increases, the humidity decreases. Low humidity will dry the surfaces of the greens very quickly. During times like these, we will be syringing the putting surfaces (especially the new plugs and sod). This practice cools the surface of the putting surface and provides adequate moisture for turfgrass health. Some areas will receive more moisture than others. Moisture management is critical for plant health, playability and aesthetics of the putting surfaces. Syringing will focus on specific areas necessary for moisture. The alternative is turning on the irrigation heads, which waste water and may provide too much moisture for the greens and surrounding areas. Wes Denmon (Assistant Superintendent) is syringing #11 green below.
The section in the pictures is the last area we will remove the contamination this year. The maintenance staff has worked diligently in removing the contamination. Moving forward, we will concentrate in maturing the new plugs and sod for the upcoming winter season. We want to be sure the plugs are healthy and not affected by the cold temperatures in a few months. Below is a before and after picture of the back right area of #13 green.