Sunday, January 23, 2022

Fine-Tuning Our Training

 This past week's inclement weather provided a great opportunity to do some crew training.  For much of the year round staff, this is something of a refresher course on how to properly complete various tasks.  However, these guys will all be helping to train and guide our part time employees this upcoming season, so it's important that they are well-versed  in this material.

 Additionally, as our most experienced frontline workers, these team members are empowered to help in the creation and updating of our policies and procedures by providing valuable feedback, which we can use to improve the department's operations.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Do you know the names?

 Even if you are a longtime member of the Club, you're likely not familiar with the names of each hole on the course.  Yes, you may have a few fond four-letter monikers for those holes which consistently ruin a solid round, but did you know that #18 is actually "Swan's Song"?

Included in the many things we are tackling this winter, is the assembly and installation of new tee consoles, which are adorned with each hole's name.   

As you can see, this is a "some assembly required" project, with the posts arriving with no holes pre-drilled.  We found some great supports for them, which work well for mounting in concrete.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

A bright idea...

 With snow on the ground this past week, we have shifted gears to some winter project work.  Included in this is replacing the lighting in the golf course maintenance facility.  The old florescent fixtures are being converted to use LED bulbs.  Between four foot and eight foot bulbs, there are close to 200 in the building, so this is not a one day job.

The estimated life for these bulbs is 45,000+ hours--we won't need to be replacing them for quite some time!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

How dry it's been?

 During the final week of 2021, conditions on the golf course became quite soft.  On the one hand this makes sense, as the ground certainly wasn't frozen, and the overall weather conditions have been somewhat damp and dreary lately.  However, given the current puddles we see on cart paths, it may come as a surprise to find out that for the two month period of November and December, we were 70% below average in precipitation.  

That is a very significant deficit of close to 5", and even a pond like #7 was showing it.  So how do we make sense of this simultaneous wet and dry situation?

Well, first of all, with seven days of measurable rainfall in November, it might not have felt as if it was all that dry, but the grand total of all of those rain events was less than one inch for the entire month, leading to an an unusual zero No Cart days for November.  

Similarly, December had nine days of rainfall, however the largest one day total was only 0.30" on December 30, again leaving us well behind for the monthly total.  

In other words, we have been getting the "Seattle" version of moisture, which is light and frequent.  The overall water table of the course may be lowering, but with extremely little evaporation this time of year, the surface remains quite wet after these showers.  Had the rain events of November and December been less frequent, but had more volume--say, 1" or more each--then a good amount of that water would have helped to recharge the course's ponds.  Of course during this time of year, both overall evaporation and the turf's water needs are minimal, therefore a little moisture can go a long way.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Getting Together

 Like so many things, our annual tradition of celebrating together wasn't able to take place in 2020.  We were happy to be able to enjoy a hearty meal once again this year.

We are fortunate to have a great team that is committed to getting the job done throughout the year for you--neither crazy hours nor wild weather will stop them!   

Sunday, December 19, 2021


 The weather has been great to address the much needed job of raising and releveling sprinklers, particularly around the greens.  Over the years, topdressing and bunker sand accumulate, eventually leading to sprinklers being low, which can dramatically impact their efficiency and performance.

Selvin and Ricardo raising a sprinkler on #16 green.

While this isn't a glamorous project which will be seen by the membership, it's importance can't be overstated.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

A Protective Blanket

With turf covers now installed on several of the tees, we have entered the next phase in the ongoing battle to improve divot recovery.  These covers will act like a greenhouse during the winter months, keeping the grass nice and warm.

Don't be surprised if you see us pulling the tarps on and off--based on the weather we may need to break out a mower in January and February!