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It is my intention to give the readers a better understanding of what we do to maintain The Farms Country Club's 18 hole championship golf course and grounds.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Temporary Tees & Greens For Winter!

We completed our winter preparations on tees and greens! 
We placed a red hazard stake in front of  the tees for players to use. This protects the tees from traffic and divots that won't recover during the winter months.

Red hazard stake in front of #1 tee.

Temporary greens have been painted and mowed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Preparations!

The weather has turned colder and we have had a few days with frozen ground. We are preparing the greens for winter. All the greens have been aerified and plant protectants were applied yesterday. Today we are starting to apply our protective sand coating. Once a green has had the heavy layer of sand topdressing applied, it is closed for the season. Those holes will have temporary greens until Spring. We are trying to do as much as possible before the forecasted heavy rain hits today and tomorrow.

We spent some time cleaning the wooded area between holes number twelve and fourteen. We have removed many large rocks to allow the maintenance staff to be more efficient maintaining the area throughout the season. Larger equipment can be used instead of excessive hand labor.
Staff using backpack blowers to move leaves is not efficient.
Many large, protruding rocks being removed from ground.
Rocks hauled away and scrap sand used to fill the holes. Selective problem trees to be removed.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Drill & Fill Aerification Today!

We are doing drill and fill aerification on a few greens today. This process will help with drainage and the relief of soil compaction. We are only doing a couple of the more problem greens. Hole spacing will vary dependent upon soil conditions. Tighter spacing will be used in areas that have the worst drainage.
The machine drills a hole then fills it with sand as seen below.
Maintenance staff fills the hopper with kiln dried sand. The sand must be completely dry so it does not clog the delivery tubes.