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

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 8/4/17

I hope everyone has enjoyed the cooler temperatures this week!  I welcomed them with open arms after having a month of above-average temperatures.  The grass around the property is already showing signs of relief.  With the 10-15 day forecast looking very similar to this week, I am hoping it holds true and we have a cool Fall.  We have started preparing for Ladies’ Member/Guest, as well as the Golf Club Championships.  My staff looks forward to providing a great conditions next week for the upcoming tournaments.

The following were achieved on the course 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 3 times
  • Weedeated details
  • Sprayed fairways
  • Leveled irrigation heads
  • Added mulch/pressure washed #13 restroom
  • Cut trees #3 ladies’ tee/#2 fairway
  • Sprayed all beds at clubhouse
  • Sprayed most beds on course
  • Raked bunkers twice
  • Trimmed tree #5 tee
  • Aerway and sanded lower #9 fairway and upper #15 fairway

Have a great weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 7/28/17

It is hard to believe August will arrive next week.  Crews have been busy recovering and cleaning up from last week’s Men’s Member/Guest.  All said, the course held up well to 45 holes of golf over two days.  The ladies will host their Member/Guest event on August 8-9.  As I am typing, we are finally getting rain and cooler temperatures.  I have been talking to numerous superintendents around WNC that are getting too much rain.  I’m starting to believe that it is avoiding LRCC.  We had a good turnout for the Haywood Christian Ministries tournament on Wednesday.  We always have so many of our own members participate in this great charitable event.

The following tasks were accomplished this week:

  • Mowed greens 4 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Mowed Clubhouse/tennis
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Sprayed greens
  • Sprayed Tees
  • Sprayed greens surrounds
  • Backpack sprayed native
  • Laid sod at clubhouse
  • Fixed puddle areas on hole 7
  • Patched asphalt on numerous cart paths
  • Weedeated around pool and tennis
  • Applied granular wetting agent

Have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

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

Wonderful Rehearsal Dinner

I would like to thank you for the wonderful rehearsal dinner at Laurel Ridge.  The food was excellent, the service exceptional, and the venue warm and lovely.  The staff did such a great job tending to our small dinner!  We are so pleased with every detail of the event.  Again, many thanks.  We will remember the event in memories and pictures for a very long time!~ Susan Crowell 7/20/17

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 7/14/17

What a hot week!  So far this week, we have had three days of 90 degrees plus temperatures.  These temperatures make it difficult to maintain and grow quality turf that prefers much cooler air and soil temperatures.  Even though it has rained frequently, our quantity is still low.  We currently are about 3.5″ below average in the Waynesville area.  Hopefully the afternoon rain showers will start to bring some additional amounts of rainfall.  We look forward to Member/Guest preparation for next week.

The following were achieved on the course this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Mowed DR 2 times
  • Changed pins 3 times
  • Weedeated the majority of the golf course
  • Irrigation repair from lightning
  • Sprayed tees
  • Sprayed greens/surrounds
  • Started the 2nd application of broadleaf control in the native areas
  • Bush-hogged additional areas
  • Vent aerified upper 15 fairway
  • Irrigation adjustments

Have a great weekend

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent