Saturday, July 4, 2015

Weather Stats June 2015

Here are the rainy facts for June 2015

Most Rain Ever For June 13.14"

2nd largest rainfall for a month in recorded history!


               Observed Value            Normal Value  Depart From Norm  Last Year
High                 85.6                             85.1                         0.5                     86.4
Low                  69.6                             66.8                         2.8                     69.7
Mean                77.6                             70.9                         1.7                     78

                        13.14                             4.28                        8.86                   5.26

Happy Independence Day

Hope you have a great Independance Day. Dry weather for a few days and cooler temperatures are nice to have over this long weekend! Come out and see us!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Is The Landscape Fund?

New multiple bed planting near pro shop
Years ago a fee was approved to charge members $25 once per year which was placed in the Tree Fund. As the years have progressed, our landscape has become dominated by trees and the need for trees has been reduced. The fund is now called the Landscape Fund and is being used to rejuvenate existing ornamental plantings on the property, planting trees as the need arises, and establishing new beds.

Over the past couple of years, we have built new beds at 13 tee, the pro shop, planted 10 trees on property, established a new screen planting at 6 green and expanded/replaced two of the plantings at the back patio. Since the start of 2015, we have spent $5,000 to construct the planter boxes on the veranda,  the new construction/planting at the pro shop and purchased the limestone planter for the Pearson Plaza. This fall or next spring we intend to improve the Sun-room planting bed.(we call it the bubble). Becky, our horticulturist and I agree that the Principals of Landscape Design should be emphasized and our focus should be on year round interest in our beds emphasizing form, variety, and sequencing. We hope this will provide greater enjoyment for you and the many guests who attend events at the club throughout the year.

Upon my arrival in 2008 at the club, the landscape around 9 lake with the Woodland Garden on the dam side of the lake and the ornamental planting of the tee side were overgrown with weeds. Since that time we have made efforts to improve this area which is the largest total continuous planting at the club. Becky has moved plants from other beds as we've replaced plants and has worked hard at weed control. In an effort to reduce costs, we utilize chipped tree limbs that have been ground up from our property. Since this area has highly visible by both our members and guests, it is important that this area look its best.

This fall/winter, we intend to start a tree nursery behind the 17th green. My thoughts are that we would establish 6-8 trees in this area which will be used to grow trees for 5-10 years and then contract with a company with a large spade to move these trees to areas where trees trees are significantly aged or compromised. A golf course architect, superintendent and green committee will be involved in the placement of these trees and a majority of trees planted in the future at this club. Our goal is to keep green and tee complexes in as much full sun as possible and to improve sunlight to fairways whenever possible. Some of this work can be completed by not fence lining trees but staggering trees so light can enter these areas for longer periods of time.  Also understanding the path of the sun in all seasons and the shape and size of grown trees is important so that turf grass and trees can co-habituate peacefully without a caretaker like myself wanting to remove the offending party!
Placing 80' trees on the east and western exposure of a fairway will lead to a shaded and weakened fairway. You will wonder why there is very weak zoysia and I will be praying for lightning to help me remove the tree.

New planter box on the veranda

Monday, June 29, 2015

Venting/Hydrojecting Greens Today

In an effort to keep our greens in the best shape possible health wise during the summer, we vent our greens every few weeks.  Mr Webster describes to vent is to provide an outlet for air, gas and liquid Exactly the three things we are trying to accomplish when we vent our greens.

The first venting occurred around  June 1st with a needle tining using our large tractor and verti-drain machine. The next two applications including today's are made by E&E Enterprises, a contracted service who provide three hydroject machines to our site. A row of 3000 psi streams of water are shot into our greens creating a near pencil sized hole that goes about 4-5" deep into the sand profile.

The greens were top dressed with sand before the venting, we then rolled them and brushed them after the hydrojecting was completed.

Below is an explanation of how air, gas and liquid are effected by this venting action taking place in our green profile.
  • The vent hole allows oxygen to enter the green sand profile improving the health of our roots and encouraging microbial activity.
  • CO2 gas/carbon dioxide can build up in the soil and the venting holes allow this trapped gas to exit.
  • The holes allow excess water to move through the profile quicker and at the same time if we were dry would allow moisture to enter the complete profile much easier. The vents also will help dry out our saturated sand profiles.
  • The vents also help in reducing the temperature of our sand profiles, especially when they are holding water. Moisture is a great conductor of heat and will artificially warm up the soil much quicker when it is saturated than if the soils are at average moisture levels. As the soil profile increases in temperatures over 80-85 degrees, root hairs begin to die which are the structures where most water and nutrients enter into the plant. The less root hairs functioning, the more stress a plant will experience.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rain Update For Invitational

2.4" of rain since last night. Here are some of your morning highlights/lowlights. Looks like things are sinking to the south slightly. Maybe it will give us a break to get things straightened up. Still a substantial delay. Hours at this time. 

Top it off Assistant Skip had a tree fall next to house and part of tree went through the bedroom ceiling.

3 Fairway
1 green
1 fairway
2 green

The Invitational 2015

Our work this morning has been delayed due to severe lightning. 1" of rain overnight with more on its way. More than likely we will have a substantial delay in today's start of play. No major tree damage but a few small limbs down in various parts of the course. Our goal today will be to get the greens cleared of water. Change the remaining 12 holes that I was not able to change last night and get things started as soon as possible. We will have some pushing of bunker sand but other than that, its all up to Mom Nature and when she decides to stop her influence over this event! Barrett and I have discussed our situation and will re-evaluate in a few hours once we see how much rain we receive. Check your email, he is in the process of sending out a communication to all involved.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Good Article On Greens at Chambers Bay

Excellent discussion from Bradley Klein regarding the greens at Chambers Bay. 
Our greens at Glen Echo no doubt are green, we are not hosting a major championship. I can't imagine with our segregated greens and different textures how they would look on 55"HD TV even if they were green in color!