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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.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Drainage on #18 Approach Progressing Smoothly

We accomplished a great deal today. The maintenance staff worked hard to get the pipe and basins installed in anticipation of tomorrow's predicted rain. Here are a few pictures.

Basin & Pipe Being Set to Grade & Encompassed in 1/4 inch Pea-Stone

Large Basin & Laterals Being Set to Grade
Large Basin on Edge of Approach
Special Sand/Soil/Peat Mix Being Installed Above Stone Layer
Special Mix Being Watered to Help Compaction

Monday, October 25, 2010

Drainage Project on #18 Approach Has Started

We have started the drainage project on #18 approach. We are installing surface and sub-surface drainage throughout the approach to alleviate the ponding of water that occurs with almost every rain event. I expect the project to be complete this week except for some final sodding of the disturbed areas. The project will be a major improvement both functionally and aesthetically.

Crew Hauling Supplies & Digging Trench
Pipe Being Installed

#18 Approach During Storm on 10-1-10

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank You For a Wonderful Year Ladies!

The ladies finished up the season with their closing day tournament yesterday. For those that braved the cool temperatures, wind and leaves, I applaud the effort. I hope everyone enjoyed the 2010 season!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Check Out The Air Bubble in #9 Fairway!

We had 1.5 inches of rain overnight. The course is open today but carts must stay on paths.
Occasionally when we experience heavy rains, we get small patches of turf which separate from the soil beneath. There is a pocket of air trapped between the turf and the underlying soil. We release the air by cutting the turf with a knife. The turf lays back down and everything is fine.
Bubble in #9 Fairway

Knife Cuts Hole To Release Trapped Air

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Front Nine Tees Aerified & Greens Lightly Topdressed

We aerified the front nine tees yesterday. We will complete the back nine tees as soon as the weather and golf schedule allow. We also took advantage of the good weather yesterday and lightly topdressed all nineteen greens. The light topdressing will further improve surface smoothness.

Marshall Aerifying #3 Tee
Chris & Justin Cleanup The Cores
Andy Topdressing Tees
Andy Lightly Topdresses Greens
Chris Drags #16 Green

Monday, October 11, 2010

Frost on the Pumpkin?

It’s not the pumpkins I’m worried about. It’s the turfgrass.
Frost delays in the spring and fall are common. The delays are an inconvenience to both the members and the maintenance staff.
Frost is the formation of ice crystals in and on the grass plants due to low overnight temperatures. Foot and cart traffic will rupture the plant cells causing severe injury or death. We make every attempt to provide an accurate estimate of the time that we can allow play to begin. This can be difficult because there are several factors that effect this decision. Density of frost, temperature, tree shade and sun angle all play an important role in the estimation.
Once the frost has melted, the grounds crew still needs to complete leaf blowing, mowing, course setup and bunker maintenance prior to play.
We appreciate your patience while we do our best to protect your golf course!

Check Out This Informative USGA Video!

Illustration of How Just a Few Golfers Would Kill Frosted Turf

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Two Inches of Rain and Counting!

What does the course look like during a heavy rain event?

Hole #7
Hole #6
#9 Fairway
#18 Green
In Front of #10 Tee
#15 Green
#17 Fairway
#18 Fairway

We Tried To Mow The Greens This Morning

The maintenance staff worked hard to get the greens mowed this morning before the heavy rain hit. Mother Nature won the battle after eleven of the nineteen greens were completed. We are expecting two to four inches of rain and heavy winds today. Looks like it will be tomorrow morning before we can continue mowing and cleaning up the debris.

Ed Finishes Mowing The Practice Green in The Rain