Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beautiful Morning - 7-31-14

Contamination Removal Update - July 31, 2014

We are very close to completing the contamination removal. The golf course maintenance staff will be focusing on #3 Monday (August 4, 2014). We hope to have 90% of the herbicide applied areas repaired with new turfgrass (plugs & sod). We should have this green completed by Tuesday. After #3 is complete, we will focus on any areas (very small) throughout the golf course. Our goal is to make sure all the putting surfaces are healthy and ready for the upcoming winter season. By my calculations from last year and this year, we have removed an estimated 33,000 - 36,000 square feet of turf from the putting surfaces. The golf course maintenance staff appreciates the patience and understanding from the membership throughout this process. This approach is the best for the future of the putting surfaces and the membership of Brookstone Golf & Country Club. Below is some pictures of the process and results from #10 & #15 Greens. The staff will continue to topdress the areas as small as a silver dollar to promote tie-in, smoothness and growth.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What a View!

I wanted to share this view from Saturday July 26, 2014.

#3 Green

We are continuing (very close to completing) the contamination removal in the greens. First I would like to give a big THANK YOU for the patience and understanding of the members during this process. We have come a long way in the past two years in removing the contamination from the putting surfaces.#3 green is the last major removal of contamination. We applied the herbicide (as you see in the pictures) and will grow-in the smaller areas, plug the medium size areas and sod the larger areas. This process is necessary for the future playability and integrity of the putting surfaces. The last picture is of #4. As you can see the plugs have tied-in nicely. #3 Green will look very similar to #4 in about two weeks.

Topdressing Winter Kill Areas

We are addressing some areas where we received Winter Kill in the fairways. The golf course maintenance staff has been working diligently in addressing these areas. We have aerified, fertilized and topdress these areas frequently throughout the summer. We were very fortunate not to have many areas in relation to other golf course in the area. These areas will be filled in and ready for another winter (hopefully NOT to damaging).

Brookstone Golf & Country Club Championship 2014

The maintenance staff would like to congratulate Mr. Rusty Womack in winning the 2014 Brookstone Golf & Country Club Championship. Mr. Womack shot 72, 72 for a total of 144. The members were very pleased with the course conditions and improvements to the greens regarding the contamination removal. The staff looks forward to next year's Club Championship.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Greens Committee Meeting July 2, 2014

The slide show below contains the topics and discussion points of the Greens Committee meeting on July 2, 2014. As always, I want to commend the Greens Committee for their continued support of the members, maintenance staff and the Brookstone Golf & Country Club facility. This year there has been much improved communication to the membership regarding golf course improvements, maintenance of the golf course and comments from the membership.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Co - Worker of the Month - Jeffery Crocker

Our Co - Worker of the Month for May 2014 is Jeffery Crocker. Jeffery has been working on the golf course maintenance staff (off & on) since he was 19 years old. Jeffery has seen the good and bad days. He is very reliable with historic information regarding the golf course. These include drainage, irrigation, different cultural practices, etc... Jeffery will be graduating from West Georgia this year and has committed to a teaching career with Cobb County Schools. He will be missed greatly. Great Job & Good Luck!

Co-Worker of the Month - Augusto Ayala

Our Co - Worker of the Month for April 2014 is Augusto Ayala. Augusto has been with Brookstone Golf & Country Club for over 12 years. He is very vital to our operation and brings a Great Attitude to the team each and every day. I have been here for 3 years and not one time has Augusto ever been late or called-in sick. He is very dedicated to his work and the satisfaction of the members and guests. Great Job!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Typical Day at the Office

I was speaking to a Member (Mr. Cole) the other day and he asked me "What exactly does a Greenskeeper (Golf Course Superintendent) do everyday?" I responded "A little bit of everything." Below is a typical schedule of what, where, when and with whom I relate to on a daily basis.

Safety Training

We are very complicit in the Safety of our staff, members and guests. The Golf Course Maintenance Staff meets monthly to discuss and demonstrates correct and incorrect safety measurements. Based on our Safety Matrix below, each month we cover different safety parameters that are specific for that time of year. These include safe vehicle operation, sun exposure, proper bunker raking, etc. I had a member ask me yesterday how I train correct safety measures and what exactly we train our staff in relation to safety. I wanted to share the Safety Matrix to give you the perspective of how important Safety really is pertaining to the maintenance of the golf course.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Geese Removal

A Certified Biologist from Georgia State Wildlife Services and his team came to remove the geese from the property. The represenatives trapped the geese and will move them to South Georgia. The geese will be tagged for future reference. The geese have been an ongoing issue causing many complaints. We have tried everything from decoys to screamers and the geese just don't want to leave. No geese were harmed and they removed 66 geese. I am confident this process will resolve the issue. Below are some pictures of the process:

Material Removed - Aerification

We aerified the greens with 1/2" hollow tines, 2 directions, 1.5" centers and a depth of 4". This process removed an estimated 25% of material from the putting surfaces. This percentage is based on the formula from the International Sports Turf Research Center (ISTRC). Aerification will improve turfgrass quality and longevity. Although many golfers despise this cultural process, this is a necessity for putting surface integrity. The holes should heal in 10 - 14 days.

Aerification Pictures

Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S.Senior Open Sectional Qualifier = Results

Brookstone Golf & Country Club hosted the U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier on Tuesday June 17, 2014. We were very excited in hosting this tournament. The golf course is in really great shape and tested the tournament participants. The tournament consisted of an estimated 80-90 players competing for three spots in the U.S. Senior Open. The three lowest score were 67,68 and 70. I want to congratulate all the players and especially the qualifiers. We hope to host many more exciting tournaments like this one in the future. The GSGA (Georgia State Golf Association) was very pleased with the condition of the golf course and the service the staff provided. Below is a picture of the scoring.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier

Today we are Hosting one of the Sectional Qualifiers for the U.S. Senior Open. This is a very exciting event for the staff and membership of Brookstone Golf & Country Club. This is the last significant tournament we have prepared for within the last ten days. The maintenance staff has been very busy in preparation for these tournaments. We hope all the tournament participants enjoy the beautiful Brookstone Golf & Country Club. GOOD LUCK!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Practice Round: U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier

Practice rounds will be ongoing throughout the day. We started this morning at 4:30 am to setup the golf course. The golf course is much drier than last week for the Member/Guest. Once again, we are very excited in hosting this tournament.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Up Next: The U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier

The maintenance staff is working diligently in preparation for the U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier (Tuesday - June 17, 2014). The weather looks promising as there is no precipitation in the forecast. This is our third significant tournament in ten days. The staff is very excited in hosting this tournament. We are confident that the participants will be very pleased with the condition of the golf course. Good Luck to all the tournament participants!

Day 3 of The 2014 Member/Guest Tournament

The final day of the 2014 Member/Guest was a huge success. Although the golf course was still wet from the previous day of precipitation the tournament participants were very pleased with the condition of the golf course. The tournament ended with a very exciting shootout. I want to congratulate Mr. Freeman and his guest as the 2014 Member/Guest Tournament Winners! Below are some pictures of the shootout.


Team, I would like to commend the Brookstone Golf & Country Club “TEAM” for a remarkable job in meeting the expectations of the members and their guests during the 2014 Member/Guest Tournament. This year was a challenge with the lack of leadership from a General Manager and Food & Beverage Director on site. The Department Heads and their staff met the expectations of the MGA and provided the tournament participants and guests a wonderful experience. The golf course and the upgrades at the clubhouse received rave reviews. The attitude of the membership is very positive with the direction of the club. Please acknowledge the hard work and dedication to your staff and encourage them to keep pushing in servicing the membership. Once again, THANK YOU!