Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 9/15/17

Hurricane Irma was one of the most feared hurricanes in years for much of the southeast.  This hurricane totaled many islands in the Caribbean before causing widespread destruction in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Irma tracked west of North Carolina, but still managed to provide us with 3+ inches of rain and up to 60 mph winds.  Laurel Ridge was very lucky to receive mainly rain and not too much wind.  We did close the golf course on Monday and Tuesday due to the rainfall.  After talking to many superintendent friends, the Highlands and Cashiers areas weren’t so lucky.  I really appreciate the attention most golfers paid to the daily cart ruling restricting cart traffic in wet areas.  I attempt to allow carts on the turf at the earliest possible opportunity and the daily cart ruling prevents turf damage.

Next week we will be applying another application of our green kyllinga herbicide.  This weedy grass will turn brown before dying back into the existing desired grass.  The greens continue to improve from aerification and we are not far from our normal mowing height.  A combination of rolling, mowing, and watering will have the putting surfaces back to normal by the middle to end of next week.

The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 4 times
  • Mowed T,C,A twice
  • Mowed fairways twice
  • Mow rough twice
  • Mow DR twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Cleaned up small debris in all areas
  • Applied grass seed to our roughs
  • Fertilized the entire course
  • Added a drain behind the tennis courts

Have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 9/8/17

Aerifying Hole #5 at LRCC

What a week!  Aerification is always a challenging time for members and staff, but a welcome relief for the stressed turf from a busy summer.  We started aerification on Tuesday and made great progress.  The rain late Tuesday and into Wednesday really slowed things.  Damp sand and a wet golf course keeps things interesting.  We pushed through and should be complete on schedule this afternoon.  Some small tasks await us on Tuesday morning that can be performed without inconveniencing our golfers.  The golf course will take 10-14 days to heal completely and return to normal mowing heights.

I sincerely thank you for your patience during the closure.  We will be spraying our grassy weed called Green Kyllinga next week along with fertilizing the course.  The tees and fairways will appear off color for about a week until the brown leaf is mowed off.  We will also be doing some storm preparation anticipating the hurricane set to arrive Monday evening.

Have a wonderful weekend and please stay safe next week.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Truly A Nice Experience

Truly a nice experience. The staff are wonderful, rooms exceptional and the golf course one of the nicest in the state. ~Nicholas Bischof 9/8/17

2017 Mixed Member/Member Golf Tournament

Bragging rights were on the line during the 2017 Mixed Member-Member. The 2-day event, better known as the “Divorce Open”, kicked off play on Saturday, August 26th with a 2-person Better Ball event, followed by a 2-person Scramble format on Sunday. Teams competed for both Gross and Net Championships. Most of the teams were comprised of spouses, but there were 8 teams competing with someone other than their better half.

Bob Lester & Mary Lou Barnes, Net Champions

 
With five teams within two strokes of the Net lead after Saturday’s round, the competition was obviously very close! John and Carolyn Bowers held the lead with a great score of 54, only one stroke ahead of the team of Bob Lester/Mary Lou Barnes. Two strokes behind were Dan/Deborah Beasley, Don Thompson/Jane Noppenberg and Tom/Connie Wilkinson.
 
Under beautiful skies, Sunday’s scramble finished with Bob Lester/Mary Lou Barnes posting the lowest score of the day, 55.8. This team poured it on, winning the Net Division by 3.5 strokes. The Bowers claimed second place, thanks to consistently good play. David Hicks and Lisa Benson followed closely in third place, and, only one-tenth of a point behind, Don Thompson/Jane Noppenberg trailed in fourth. Fifth place belonged to the Wilkinsons and, with Sunday’s second best score, the team of Scott Hickle and Jeannette Carter finished strong in sixth position.
 

Deborah & Dan Beasley, 2017 Mixed Member/Member Champions

While many teams were in the hunt for the Net championship, a smaller race was vying in the Gross Division. On Saturday, Rick/Joyce Schlapkohl shot even par 72; Greg/Donna Stamey ended the day with 3-under 69, and the leaders, Dan/Deborah Beasley were at 4-under 68. These three teams again battled it out on Sunday for recognition as the LRCC’s best golfing couple. The Schlapkohls played impressively and came in third with a score of 141. The Stameys and Beasleys were close to the end, each shooting an incredible 6-under par 66 on Sunday. After two days of intense play, the team of Greg/Donna Stamey won the Runner-up prize and Dan/Deborah Beasley were the victors and grand champions.

 
Closest to the Pin contest winners were: #3 Tom Wilkinson; #8 Melonie Murphy; #10 Hollis Prior; and #17 Joyce Schlapkohl. Thanks to all for two great days of golf and camaraderie. Hopefully, all our couples’ marriages remain as strong as the friendships shared this weekend.

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 9/1/17

Welcome to September! While the last day in August and the first day in September were identical according to the weather, the months are very different.  September signifies cooler weather, golf course aerification, the first day of fall, and pumpkin spice everything!  The 15-day forecast looks great for golf in the mountains.  Golf course aerification will start September 5th and we will be doing a pretty aggressive process this fall to ensure our surfaces continue to be great heading into winter and then spring.  The good news is that fall aerification is most always a quicker healing process than in the spring.  Warmer soil temperatures aid in the recovery process this time of year.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but the process must be done to ensure the health of each plant.

The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 5 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed Rough 2 times
  • Mowed DR 2 times
  • Mowed Clubhouse
  • Changed pins 3 times
  • Raked bunkers 3 times
  • Weedeated bunkers
  • Weedeated waterways
  • Sprayed fairways
  • Fertilized greens and surrounds
  • Planted fall mums
  • Mulched certain areas
  • Equipment preparation for aerification
  • Sprayed Round-up on flower beds
  • Tree cleanup

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 8/25/17

Fall Aerification begins on Tuesday, September 5 after the Labor Day holiday.  The last couple of weeks before fall aerification always seem to go so slowly.  The turf is really tired from five months of foot/cart traffic, lack of air movement in the soil profile, warm air and soil temperatures and soil sealing off from absorbing water.  Aerification creates holes that help the grass with all of these issues, plus the process removes a small amount of unwanted thatch.  It is always tough to put holes and topdress sand onto beautiful greens in what seems like prime golf weather.  The problem with delaying this process is obviously prolonging aiding the grass with the benefits mentioned above, plus waiting too long in the year could mean our holes are not completely healed up before the weather gets too cold and the plant stops growing.

We will start the first step of aerification next week by applying a half rate of fertilizer to the greens.  By applying the fertilizer a week ahead of time, the plant is really growing to heal up from the coring process.  Another half rate is applied immediately after coring and the healing process begins.  Our plan this fall will be to aerify the greens, green surrounds, tees, and fairways.  The golf course will close September 5-8 and will reopen on the morning of September 9th.  During aerification week, we will be applying our fall fertilizer and spraying a grassy sedge weed called green kyllinga.  The areas that the spray kills will turn yellow, then brown.  This is meant to happen and will assist us in having more dense turf heading into the non growing months.  Thanks for the understanding and patience.

The following tasks were completed this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Handwatered areas needed
  • Sprayed greens
  • Sprayed tees
  • Sprayed green surrounds
  • Sprayed crossbow
  • Continued cleanup of down trees
  • Edged sprinkler heads
  • Applied granular wetting agent

Have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 8/18/17

Similar to last week, we have really been blessed with rain.  As of today, we have received almost two inches this week.  Many people think that it has been an abnormally wet year, but actually we are still three inches behind in rainfall for 2017.  The great news is Monday’s forecast looks clear for the eclipse.  If models hold true, the eclipse totality should be about 2:36p.m. viewing from Waynesville.  What a special event to happen in 2017!

Congratulations to all of our club champions from this past weekend’s play.  I have really enjoyed viewing the plaque in the golf shop and seeing the names that made history over the years.

The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 5 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough 2 times
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Mowed DR 2 times
  • Changed pins 3 times
  • Sprayed Tees
  • Sprayed Fairways
  • Sprayed greens/surrounds
  • Sprayed greens rough
  • Sprayed landscape beds
  • Weedeated creeks/ponds
  • Weedeated bunkers
  • Fixed washout bunkers
  • Verticut greens
  • Light Topdressed greens
  • Cleaned up downed tree #11 cartpath

Have a great weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 8/11/17

As it has most of this week, it is raining once again.  After such a dry summer and fall last year, I will never complain about rain again.  We currently have received about 3 inches of rain since Monday morning.  The added benefit is that the rain has been steady and never too hard.  With our Ladies’ Member/Guest and Club Championships this week, my staff had to schedule tasks a little different than usual.  Even though the course was getting rain, we were still able to get the course mowed as close to normal as possible.

The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed Rough twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Changed pins 6 times
  • Filled divots
  • Sprayed greens
  • Trimmed trees at sand storage lot
  • Edged sprinkler heads
  • Weedeated creeks/ponds
  • Sprayed DR

Have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent