Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 7/21/17

What a busy week of preparation for our 2017 Men’s Member/Guest tournament.  Even though the tournament was Thursday, Friday and Saturday, preparations begin several weeks in advance.  Topdressing, irrigation cycles, spray applications, mowing heights, rolling frequency and scheduling must be planned carefully to accommodate this very important tournament at LRCC.  Agronomist Dean Wochaski was onsite Tuesday to see the course progress since his last visit in March.  Dean and I had a wonderful visit and exchanged many ideas.  During the past two weeks, the weather has been very warm, reaching 90 degrees six times so far.  The turf is starting to stress in some areas, so cooler temperatures would be a welcome sight.  The following were achieved on the course this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 4 times
  • Mowed rough 2 times
  • Rolled greens twice
  • Changed pins 5 times
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Sprayed fairways
  • Sprayed greens/surrounds
  • Sprayed greens rough
  • Sprayed native areas with selective herbicide
  • Sodded small areas on 14
  • Added step stones to 14 approach
  • Added asphalt patch to pot holes
  • Repainted line into holes 12, 13, 14
  • Edged the 100 yard markers and painted red
  • Hand-watered dry areas

Have a wonderful weekend,

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 6/30/17

We had a great week in golf maintenance.  Over the next two weeks, we are expecting several days of rain so many tasks had to be timed perfectly to avoid rainfall.  It is hard to believe that it is July and our annual Men’s and Ladies’ Member/ Guest tournaments are just around the corner.  We were able to solid tine vent the greens and green surrounds on Monday and Tuesday.  This process allows air, water, and nutrients to easily access the sub-surface soil profile that gets limited access during the golf months.  The process went smooth and the greens are almost fully recovered.

The following tasks were accomplished this week:

  • Mowed greens 5 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed Rough twice
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Mowed Clubhouse
  • Changed pins 3 times
  • Aerified greens
  • Aerified green surrounds
  • Sprayed greens
  • Sprayed green surrounds
  • Irrigation adjustment
  • Weedeated creeks/ponds
  • Planted Annual flowers at the entrance
  • Started removing stray tree suckers from the clubhouse grounds
  • Repaired drain #18

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 6/23/17

I believe we made it through the hurricane rain and winds.  We ended up only receiving about 1″ of rain as of Friday.  The course sure loved the rainfall and the nitrogen that comes with it.  We used the rain days that were too wet for mowing to clean some drainage lines that were struggling to accommodate the runoff.  The greens will be getting a small solid tine aerification on Monday morning.  We hope to solid tine the greens surrounds in the afternoons on one or two days next week as well.  Your ball roll will only be slightly affected and the holes should not be visible by the end of the week.

The following tasks were accomplished this week:

  • Mowed greens 5 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed Fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Mowed Clubhouse/tennis
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Applied granular wetting agent
  • Sprayed fairways
  • Edged irrigation heads
  • Trimmed weeds on course
  • Repaired drains on holes 1,4,7, and 9
  • Planned & prepared for replacement of pool pump
  • Applied lime on greens surrounds
  • Bush-hogged #12

Have a great weekend,

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 6/2/17

Another busy week in golf course maintenance is in the books.  The week started with a Memorial Day tournament on Monday.  The 9 am shotgun start made for an extremely early start.  We continue to do our weekly maintenance items, and a few small projects as time allows.  Duane checked our greens speed on Tuesday and we averaged about a 10’5″.

The following tasks were accomplished this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed tees, collars, and approaches 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed DR 3 times
  • Mowed Clubhouse/tennis/practice area
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Sprayed tees
  • Sprayed fairways
  • Sprayed greens surrounds
  • Finished spraying crossbow in native areas
  • Blew clippings from wet grass twice
  • Hydroseeded trenches from parking light installation
  • Irrigation adjustment on holes 15-18, pg and 1-5
  • Started removing trees around sand storage that are shade issues
  • Continued waterfall repair work at the pool; almost complete

Have a great weekend,

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 5/13/17

We had a good week on the maintenance staff at LRCC.  The fairways are getting their color back from the temporary setback from the Kyllinga application and obviously, the Kyllinga itself has been killed.  We will be doing extremely low rates throughout the season to maintain the Kyllinga free turf.  The following were achieved on the course this week:

  • Mow greens 5 times
  • Mow tees, collars, and approaches 3 times
  • Mow fairways 3 times
  • Mow rough twice
  • Mow clubhouse, tennis, DR
  • Roll greens twice
  • Weedeat, edge, blow, rake bunkers
  • Rake bunkers twice
  • Spray all native areas with Crossbow
  • Spray Greens, tees, green surrounds with wetting agent
  • Spray clubhouse grounds with Roundup
  • Applied granular wetting agent to problematic areas
  • Change pins 4 times
  • Cleanup of a tree and limbs from storm damage

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

New Plan Implemented to Improve Golf Course Playing Conditions Year-Round

As many of you know, the club has undertaken a project based on the recommendation from our regional agronomist.  With the goal of providing more consistent playing conditions 365 days a year, we began controlling the Green Kyllinga in the fairways, green surrounds, and tees.  Green Kyllinga is an annual grassy sedge that germinates when soil temperatures get warm enough in April or May, and grows until the first heavy frost in the fall.  Frost kills the Kyllinga over the winter, leaving thin or bare areas where it once thrived.  Our plan is to kill the Kyllinga with the first application of herbicide applied recently, and then follow with several light applications that will not be visible throughout the season.  The herbicides for killing Kyllinga are very limited; however, the one we used has a really good success rate for control.  The treated areas will typically turn an off color green or slight yellow temporarily, then green back fully in a couple of weeks.

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

 

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 5/5/17

The club got right around 2.5 inches of rain this week so far.  Once again, the course has handled the rain well for the most part.  We had to install some additional signs and posts to remind golfers of wet areas throughout the course.  One big challenge with all the rain the past several weeks has been when to spray and not risk the product getting washed off.  The fairways will have an off color appearance for a week or so due to the kyllinga herbicide being applied.

The following tasks were done this week:

  • Mowed greens 4 times
  • Mowed tees, collars, and approaches 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Trimmed & edged bunkers
  • Raked bunkers twice
  • Cleaned up fallen limbs and trees
  • Mowed clubhouse, DR and Tennis area
  • Bulk spread fertilizer along with trim areas
  • Sprayed fairways and DR
  • Fixed 2 irrigation problems
  • Finished adjusting heads
  • Started backpack spraying native areas with crossbow
  • Leveled 5 irrigation heads

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 4/28/17

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  The maintenance team has performed exceptional after having 5.3 inches of rain since last Friday and I am very pleased with the productivity of the crew.  Even though we have some wet areas, mowing was completed and our golfers really seemed to really enjoy themselves.  The creek on #1 has escaped the creek bank and saturated the right side of the fairway and in front of the green on #1.  This has happened three times now since I have been at LRCC; some evaporation will help.  Each time this has happened, rainfall has been 4+ inches of non-stop rain.  We did lose a tree between holes #11 and 17, so we will finishing cutting and cleaning up early next week.

Thanks for the many wonderful comments from members and guests.  A homeowner stopped me this morning and commented about how beautiful the course was.  My staff greatly appreciates hearing those positive words.

This weeks tasks included:

  • Mowing greens 4 times
  • Mowing T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowing fairways 3 times
  • Mowing  rough twice
  • Mowing clubhouse/DR/ Tennis area
  • Changing pins 4 times
  • Weedeating bunkers
  • Raking bunkers 3 times
  • Spraying fairways
  • Spraying tees
  • Spraying weeds
  • Putting out mulch
  • Backpack spraying beds
  • Adjusting irrigation heads 4 holes
  • Replenishing DG on walkways and cart path ends
  • Adjusting most tennis court irrigation heads
  • Filling washouts & reseeding chipping green

Our agronomist was here on Tuesday and we discussed numerous topics and ideas.  The visit went well, resulting in even more excitement about 2017.

Have a great weekend!

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Member For A Day Golf Event

Friday, May 12, 2017

The public is invited to join us at Laurel Ridge Country Club for our inaugural Member For a Day golf event.

With the golf course in its best condition in many years, this event is an opportunity for membership prospects to enjoy the region’s premier championship golf course, and get a first-hand look at the membership experience at Laurel Ridge. We also suggest you make time before or after your round to enjoy the club’s dining options!

Our Membership Director and Head Golf Pro will be on hand to provide tours of the club for those interested and to answer questions regarding membership opportunities.
Cost for golf is just $50, including green and cart fees. In order to reserve your tee time, please call 828-452-0545 and mention the “Member For a Day” event.

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 4/21/17

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  We’ve had about two inches of rain this week which has helped reduce our deficit for the year.  Mowing was challenging some days because of the rainfall, but we were able to finish.  The following tasks were achieved this week:

  • Mowed rough completely twice
  • Mowed fairways twice
  • Mowed tees, collars & approaches 3 times
  • Mowed greens 4 times
  • Changde pins 3 times
  • Mowed Driving Range once
  • Fertilized chipping green/re-seeded weak areas
  • Finished applying the pine needles in stock
  • Started to apply mulch
  • Sprayed most landscape beds
  • Sprayed the tennis courts/pool area
  • Started draining the pool/waterfall for paint
  • Cleaned up the drainage trench on #5
  • Sprayed greens surrounds
  • Edged/mulched all hole signs
  • Rolled greens
  • Added pine bark nuggets to some clubhouse beds
  • Cleaned the ditch/culverts in front of the Pro Shop
  • Adjusted irrigation heads on 6 holes
  • Added sand to walkways on #13 & 14

Have a great weekend,

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent