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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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Day After!

What is the course like the day after 4.5 inches of rain? You guessed it...WET!!! All we can do is pump bunkers and edge some of the dry ones. Here are few pictures and videos from today.

The Pond On #5

#16 Green Bunker

#17 Green Bunkers

Trimming Edges #15 Bunkers

#7 Green Bunker Complete

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I and some of the "powers at be" track the blog hits...

Are you kidding me?

I have already had 82 hits since 1PM. This is more than double the hits of any other day since I started this in early December. It seems that members want to see the "Fire and Brimstone" media!
I hope you get just as excited about the pics and video of fixing the damage caused by these ridiculous weather events!

I was proud that my BLOG had received almost 1,700 hits in less than four months but
this is crazy!!!

Don't stop now... We'll continue to impress with pics and projects.

Tomorrow you'll see flooded bunkers being pumped and prepped for opening day!
We will be covering the practice green project with pics and video beginning Thursday!
Don't miss out on every opportunity to keep informed of everything we do to make your golfing experience as good as possible!


You already seem to know where to find all the info!


Don't miss out on what most members are already finding to be captivating!

When It Rains It Pours!

How much rain is too much? This much...

Fairway Bunkers On #10

#17 Fairway

#18 Fairway

#18 Green

Drain In Front Of #10 Tee

Monday, March 22, 2010

"I'm Chipping In The Rain"

Trust me... They are not singing in the rain!
The maintenance staff is working hard today to get all the major brush piles removed from the course before the even heavier rains hit tonight. While less than ideal working conditions are the order of the day, we felt we had our best chance of getting heavy equipment on the course. With intense rain approaching this evening, it might have been some time before another opportunity presented itself.

Friday, March 19, 2010

March Madness!

March Madness has certainly hit The Farms Country Club! NCAA basketball is taking a back-seat to the great playing conditions of late. The course is shaping up nicely, especially for mid-March. All greens are open and carts are available!
The maintenance staff has been focusing on course cleanup, putting surfaces and making some course supplies available.
Greens have been aerified, topdressed, mowed and rolled and are remarkably smooth for this early in the season.
As you play the course, make note of the winter damage to greens #11 & #13. We have already overseeded these areas so they will be a little bumpier than the rest. We will continually nurse the effected areas back to health over the next few weeks.
All tees and fairways have been cleaned up and fairways have been mowed.
I encourage all of you to take advantage of the outstanding 70 degree temperatures today and tomorrow. Even Sunday looks like a bargain at 60 degrees.
Beginning next week our focus will be continued cleanup and bunker preparation.
I look forward to seeing all of you on the course!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Greens Open Early! Members Get Unexpected Bonus!

Not only have the greens been open the last two days, the earliest on record, but we have accomplished all greens aerification in record pace. By the end of today, all aerification, cleanup and major topdressing will be complete. Spring aerification was originally scheduled to take place the week of April twelfth. Recent weather conditions in conjunction with important agronomic practices like September deep-tine aerification have presented us with a fantastic opportunity. The ability to complete the spring aerification one month early.
What does this mean to our members?
By jumping on this “perfect storm” of opportunity, members have the best chance of having the longest season of uninterrupted putting surface quality. In addition, the achievement was carried out at a time when golfers will suffer the absolute least amount of inconvenience.
Remember we have used very small tines this spring, the size of a golf pencil. While the grass has not started to grow yet, early aerification and topdressing will help the turf break dormancy and heal as quickly as plant genetics and weather conditions allow. It will also help putting surfaces to dry quicker after precipitation events over the next few transitional weeks. Most importantly, putting surfaces will be smoother over the next six to eight weeks.
I would like the thank Green and Grounds Chairman Barry Burke, Golf Chairman Jim McMahon, President Harry Black, G.M. Sean McLaughlin and Head Professional Jim Hanlon for their quick decisive efforts in helping me achieve our ultimate goal, member satisfaction. The plan had to be put together rapidly and would not have been successful without the collaborative team effort.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Greens Are Open For Play!

All greens on the front nine and several on the back nine have been cleaned, rolled and are now open for play! We are continuing the process today and expect to have most, if not all, greens available by mid-afternoon.
Carts will be available by noon.
It looks like we have good weather for today and tomorrow. Come out and enjoy!