Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fox Taking Care of Geese?


It's a stand off.  Natural goose control.


Up by  Dave's house.  We cut this tree on Wednesday.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Early First Mow


Jose Mowed all the greens on Wednesday, March 9.  That's 11 days earlier than I've ever mowed at Lansing.  He cut collars on Thursday and greens again Friday ahead of my first chemical application.  I like to spray a chemical that reduces Poa seed heads.  Alex also changed cups for the first time.  Bong Kim and the boys have been playing the same locations all winter.  As it get warmer and with some rain, the color of the greens should even out and look normal.


If you look closely, you can see the sand hill cranes heading North.


Tulips and daffodils have started growing 



After a nice warm up, we started mowing but still no carts for a while.  Sunday brought rain and the ground is very soft as the frost melted.


Jose and I didn't quite finish all the ash tree removal.  We will bring in some guys this week to continue clean up, start mowing  and put out some course accessories.  When it dries and Jim gets some help in the pro shop, we'll let out carts.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fat Tuesday and Winter Work


Fat Tuesday is February 9.  Time was changed to 6 to 10 PM.  Open to the public.  Contact Tom to make a reservation.


Butch has been busy grinding reels and performing oil changes.


Jose finished up painting the benches, ball washers and garbage cans.


With cooler weather, Jose and I have been cutting down the remaining ash trees.  I should give Jose most of the credit of cutting.  We burn most of the branches and trunk and give away fireplace sized logs.  Let me know if interested.  We'll supply as many members as possible.


A NIPSCO worker took this panoramic view of the course while working on the electrical lines.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Final Round of the Year



 Final round of the year.  The guys kept playing until mid December in 2015.


Jose caught this fish all the way out on #16.  It must have followed a drain line.

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Some of Guy Liptack's Christmas decorations.


Guy all ready for breakfast with Santa.


We've got a beaver on the the big pond.  We have a trapper that should catch him soon.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

End of the Golf Season?


Last Saturday, we did our annual irrigation blowout.  We rented a 850 CFM air compressor and hooked it up at the pump house.  Jose first goes to each green and tee and uses a quick coupler key to get most of the water out.


When he gets mostly air coming out I take over and turn on every sprinkler head until we get a fine mist.


This process takes us about 8 hours.  We are a flat golf course which makes the job easier.  On a hilly course, water can pool in low areas which takes extra time.


The last couple of weeks I've been cutting down our wild areas.  If not mowed, weeds, trees and scrub bushes would take over.


One week after the irrigation blowout, we got 6 inches of snow.  It's supposed to warm up this week, so maybe a couple more rounds of golf can be played.
Last week, I was also able to apply our last chemical application to prevent snow mold this winter.  At Lansing, we spray our greens.  Courses with bentgrass tees and fairways also spray those areas.