Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I Guess Sadness Is What I Feel Today

I guess sadness is what I feel today like everyone else watching the events over the last day.

I did want to mention first off that the facility is secure and experienced no issues.  The Normandy police department is in and out of the facility making sure everything stays that way for our staff, members and guests.

I drove through Ferguson on my way to work this morning.  One hundred yards to the south of the Ferguson police station, remnants of damage from last night's horrendous events were not visible at all.  I passed under I-70 and up the hill past UMSL, everything appears normal but we know deep down within the depths of our soul that something has changed.  Driving the streets of Normandy around our facility everything is okay as well.  The facility has not experienced any issues since the protests began in August.

I was encouraged when I drove back through Ferguson a couple hours later seeing people of all shapes and sizes and colors pitching in and trying to help businesses clean up along Florissant Road. Sweeping up glass, trash and remnants from last night's damage.  Companies and individuals are placing the all too familiar boards in place to try to protect the business from the weather and potential future intruders.

Let's hope that peace will set back into our community!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geoff Shackelford on Morning Drive, USGA Green Speed Study

An interesting discussion on the Golf Channel regarding ball roll on greens and length of time to complete a round.  Plant health is known to decline as green speed gets to a certain level and higher for any given time, especially during the high heat of summer.  Ball roll can be increased drastically in the fall but this is normally associated with lower humidity and slowed growth of turf.  Also, turf disruption is usually kept to a minimum until aeration so a ball can turn into a rocket ship this time of year without creating plant health issues.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weather Stats for October

Weather data for the month of October at Glen Echo CC  As you can see, temperatures were pretty normal.  October was 16th wettest October on record.

                                   Observed Value   Normal Value  Depart from Norm   Last Year
Avg Maximum                    68.7                     68.5                      0.2                    69.3
Avg Minimum                     50.3                     49.0                      1.3                    49.0
Mean                                    59.5                     58.7                      0.8                    59.1

Precipitation                        5.08                     3.33                     1.75                  2.35

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day, A personal reflection

Over the years I've made a post regarding this day with a picture and a thank you to all of those who served.  I thought I would take a moment and relay something a little more personal

My late Grandfather Watis served during Wold War II but was lucky enough to not see direct combat but came home a changed man.

My wife Beth was born after the war but her father Max served in World War II.  He was in direct conflict as a tail gunner on a B24 based in Great Britain.  He missed one mission because of illness. His crew mates took off that day on that mission and never returned.  Their plane was shot down over Europe and all perished.  He was discharged from his service obligations sometime later, never to go on a flight again.  None of us can imagine the anguish he felt from this loss and the suffering he went through.  He was just one of many who left a piece of themselves when they returned from their duty for our country.

As you go through your day today, I'm sure most of you will take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices made by many to provide us our way of life and the freedom that we have been given. Luckily, many who serve come back home to their families.  We thank you for your sacrifice and the sacrifice your families have made while you were gone!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Marine Corp

Happy Birthday to the Marine Corp
We honor our Members, family and friends who have served our nation so courageously!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Probable Frost Delays the next 3 days 10/31-11/2/Greens Aeration Update

As I mentioned in my post earlier in the week, I would expect frost delays the next 3 days which includes Fri-Sun.  We were delayed until 8:30 this morning.  I think you could expect Saturday's delay to be well past 9 a.m. with the late sunrise and with temperatures falling into the upper 20's.  I would check with the pro shop on an approximate start time.  They are predicting some wind overnight Friday but I don't think that will save us with the temperatures predicted to be well below 32.

We brushed the greens again to work the sand around a little bit more and rolled them.  The greens are a little less smooth but we went a couple inches deeper than I normally have been going to give us greater benefit in the long run.  Changing the depth every so often will prevent a compaction layer from forming from the aeration program.  I'm delaying mowing because we left a little more sand on the surface to protect the crowns of the plants  during recovery and help smooth them from play over the last few months.  I would expect that we will put a first mow on them after the weekend cold temperatures.

Next week appears to be in the 60's & 40's so I would expect the greens to improve considerably over the next 7-10 days and we should be back to regular mowing late next week.  As November days continue to pass, we will reduce our mowing schedule and alternate mowing and rolling to begin to allow the turf to slow its growth and harden off toward the end of the month.  An increase of height will also accompany this process to improve turf health going into winter.  I will apply one more growth regulator that is detrimental to the poa annua and will encourage the bent to grow into the more dominant poa annua areas of turf.