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.
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.
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.
The Halloween Trunk and Treat is scheduled for this Friday. Hayride, Bonfire and plenty of candy for the kids.
Guy Liptack supplied sandwiches, chips, drinks and pie at the ground crew appreciation lunch. Rich Tabloff and his wife and Mike Ogorek were also invited. Thanks Guy for your support of the grounds department.
We hired CS Turf again to aerate our greens. With our small staff and an aerifier that dates back to 1991, this job would have taken a couple of weeks. Renny and his helper were finished by 11:00 and we were done by 3:00.
After punching the holes, we topdressed with sand, dragged, blew off any excess sand and watered.
It's leaf rule time. It's a daily job for a couple more weeks. Free drop if you can't find your ball in a pile of leaves.
Be patient on frost days. It usually melts off by 9:00 these days. On these cold mornings the crew will be pulling out flowers and bringing in course accessories. Just a reminder, this is the last weekend for the range.