Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day

Thanks to the men and women who have given us the right to say what we want without the fear of being arrested. Members, families, friends and peers who have served this great
country and continue to serve, we honor you on this day and everyday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Marine Corp

Happy 240th Birthday to our Marines out there! Would not be the country we are without your efforts in the past, today and the future!

Monday, November 9, 2015

USGA Article In Regards To Tree Management Plans

A great article from the USGA regarding trees on a golf course. Please take the 10-15 minutes it takes to read this outstanding article giving a historical record on how trees evolved on golf courses. This perfectly explains the situation we are now experiencing at Glen Echo. This does not speak of the elimination of trees but the thoughtful and considerate placement of trees as well as removal to improve overall playability, turf quality and the true cost of an overabundance of trees on a course.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Weather Stats October

A warmer and drier than normal month of October leading to some great golf weather.

We had 45 days from 9/11 until 10/27 with only .62" of rain. Our weather station accumulated 1.14" of rain slightly higher than the official report from Lambert.

20th driest October on record.

                        Observed Value  Normal Value  Depart from Normal  Last Year's Value
High                          70.9                       68.5                        2.4                            68.7
Low                           51.3                       49.0                        2.3                            50.3
Mean                         61.1                       58.7                        2.4                            59.5

                                    .98                        3.33                     -2.35                          5.08

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Late Fall, Winter Play

As the weather is changing, time for discussion regarding late fall and winter play rules.

This season we will allow carts off the paths as long as conditions are dry enough to do so. It does not take a lot of rain and or snow to place carts back on paths so when dry conditions and temperatures are comfortable, you should take advantage of this situation. A little golf, a couple cocktails and a lunch or dinner makes for a great day and helps the bottom line of the club. As freezing and freezing/thawing cycles begin to occur more frequently later in the season, cart path restrictions might become more frequent.

Also a part of our winter rules is for the practice ranges to be on mats only. I understand the desire to hit off of the ground but if we allowed play all winter on the zoysia, that area would be destroyed because of its inability to heal. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

I would expect frost to be on the increase as we move later into November. As a reminder, we will not allow play onto the course until the frost has lifted. One of the things we will face later into winter is frozen ground/frozen turf blade conditions from harder freezes. I don't worry as much about the ground being frozen as long as the grass blades are soft and pliable. One of the things I'm most concerned about later in the season is when the ground is frozen beneath but the surface begins to thaw. It might be a warm day above ground but this type of condition can create serious root shearing issues for us and damage our greens with every step. This type of condition will force us to remain closed until the freeze has lifted our of the green and allowed the surface moisture to drain away. I will discuss this problem in greater detail when our winter thaw occurs.

In the meantime, the staff has been busy blowing leaves everyday. From green's surfaces, tees, fairways, rough and bunkers. We also use our mowers to help grind them up once they are placed in winrows on the course. We will be breaking out our vacuum as well during the heaviest period over the next few weeks. We haul this material to the dump in the back of the driving range.

We are down to 5 hourly(Nick, Russ, Tom, Jason and Randy) Hort Becky, mechanic Dave and Skip/myself. We lose Randy after this week and Becky and Nick at the end of November. Still a lot of leaves to come off the trees. We appear to be 10-12 days behind in leaf drop so we will be deep into fall before most are down.

Come out and take advantage of this great weather over the next couple of days. It should be fun!!

Post 15 Days Since Greens Aeration

Its been 15 days since our greens aeration was completed and they are almost 100% healed. A few holes here and there still trying to close but overall in good shape. Did our first wet morning mowing today and rolling behind the mower. We have had to layoff early morning work on the greens to allow the sand to settle down a bit so we did not create a mess on the greens. Dry mowing and rolling was the order of the day last week.

We laid off the growth regulator at aeration time which allowed the turf to bounce back along with great growing weather helped in the healing process. I applied a regulator and some fertilizer last Friday before the weekend rain to reduce the growth of the poa annua and improve the growth of the bent grass. This should improve ball roll over the next couple of weeks before we allow them to get a little hairy before winter sets in. We have at least one more regulator planned before winter if weather allows help stunt the poa.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Firewood Available This Season

We have firewood available again for self-service pickup or delivery this season. Please contact me to communicate if you are picking up wood or schedule a delivery so I can charge your account accordingly. You do not have to be home to accept delivery. Staff will stack in where you need it. We will schedule deliveries between 8 am to 2 pm Monday thru Friday. Deliveries will not be available over the Christmas/NewYears holiday since most of our winter staff take vacation time during this period. All seasoned Oak split last winter.

Delivered wood is about 40% of a cord since my truck bed is 4x6x2 in dimensions.

Full pickup load for self pickup will be $ 75.00.
Smaller loads SUV for self pickup will be reduced to $ 40.
For delivery inside the 270 beltway, the charge for wood and delivery will be $ 100.