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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
#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.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Thursday, 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
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.
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).
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.