April 21, 2011


Jerry mowing the 18th green

Today could be the fifth consecutive day without measurable rain at Sandpines.  There is a brief shower possible later this afternoon, so we will have to wait and see how it pans out.  We had frost delays on Monday and Tuesday due to temperatures in the low 30's.  Now that May is right around the corner, hopefully frost delays are behind us for a while.  The course is drying out nicely with the good weather, but there are still some wet areas around, so be careful with those carts.  The forecast for next week seems to change drastically with each day that passes, but it looks like there will be a couple of descent days and a couple of wet days.

Jerry mowing rough on hole 14

This week we spent most of our time performing routine golf maintenance tasks.  Routine golf course maintenance tasks include:  changing hole locations, mowing all areas of the golf course, raking bunkers, and maintaining equipment.  It was nice to be able to get the fairways and rough mowed again this week.  We were also able to get the fairways fertilized.  We are scheduled to start greens aeration in 10 days, so our focus outside of routine maintenance tasks has been making sure the aeration equipment is ready.  Dean made some modifications that should improve the reliability of our core harvesting equipment.

The driving range tee is now open.  I saw a video on David Phipps blog (Stone Creek Golf Club) that showed a great way to utilize driving range tee space.  In the video, Dan Meersman of Phily Cricket Club compares three divot patterns.  I liked Dan's idea so much, I included his video below.  It is definitely worth a look.  Let's see if we can implement the preferred hitting pattern in the video at Sandpines.