Welcome to my blog! My intention is to give you a more detailed, "behind the scenes" look at what the maintenance department does to take care of The Farms Country Club's private, 18-hole championship golf course. Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

25 Ballmarks Today

25 ball marks today that were ill-repaired or not repaired at all.
I was pleased to see that most were just repaired incorrectly. 
That means we are trying to get it right!
25 Ballmarkrs on #8 Today
550 Ball marks on #8 Friday
I will continue to enable and increase your ability to use proper course etiquette. After all... It's part of the game 
Thank You!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ball Mark Repair on Hole #8! Did You Know That Etiquette is Included in the Rules of Golf?

We have the perfect opportunity to show you how important this is. We placed orange flags on every ball mark that was not repaired or repaired wrong on the eighth green.

Staff placing the flags on #8 green.
Maintenance staff finishes and there are near 550 ball marks!
Flags mark the spots!
We then sent out two employees to fix all the ball marks.
Mike coring the dead turf out of each ball-mark's center

Brendan uses ball mark repair tool to close the hole after Mike cores out dead spot
Players fixing their ball marks is truly covered in the rules of golf! It is not only important for the health of the turf but the players behind you have the right to a smooth putting surface.
In an effort to improve our putting greens and help you to "do the right thing", I will be available on the eighth green during Saturday's round of the Ryder Cup to answer questions about ball mark repair. I will also hand out ball mark repair tools and explain the differences. 
I will post new pictures of the eighth green on Sunday morning showing our improvement. We have near 120 members in the field. I would be thrilled to see the eighth green become the ball mark repair "bench mark" by which all greens are measured. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Snapping Turtle Lays Eggs Where?

This female snapping turtle decided to lay her eggs in a newly seeded area just to the right of #3 green today.

Close up picture of eggs
Mother done and heading back to pond
Orange flags mark the nest
We will be marking the spot better with the hope that players will respect the area and give the eggs a chance to hatch. The gestation period for snapping turtle eggs is approximately 10 to 13 weeks.
Maybe we'll get the chance to see the babies hatch in September.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

USGA "Fore The Golfer" Videos. All You Need To Know!

Here are some excellent videos published by the USGA Green Section. 
Take the time to watch these short, but informative, videos.

  1. Bunker Etiquette
  2. Selecting Hole Locations
  3. Ball Mark Repair
  4. Cart Traffic
  5. Putting Greens
  6. Etiquette towards Maintenance Personnel
Always take the opportunity to see what is going on agronomically with golf courses in the Northeast by visiting the USGA Northeast Report.