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Friday, November 22, 2019

Getting ready for next summer

Brought the big aerifier out to make sure it is ready to go for late spring/early summer.  Prior to the 2017 renovation the staff went through every fairway/tee with this unit.  It’s main purpose again will be to find the rocks that in the range or 3-6 inches.  The tines on this unit are currently 1” solid steel tines.  Staff will follow behind and mark all the areas were the unit hits rocks and they will be dug up and disposed of.  Don’t worry, this work will be mostly completed following our season.  When watching this video it is important to keep in mind this unit weights 3,000 pounds.  It hits rocks large and hard enough for this unit to lifted off the ground.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning

It is a beautiful Tuesday morning here at NLCC!
#9 Fairway

Decrease in soil temps

The two photographs below indicate the soil temperatures in the 4th green 14 days apart.  This dramatic decrease is a excellent example of how cloudy, wet and cold days can dramatically change the soil temperatures.  This decrease in temp has a dramatic affect on how much the grass grows.  Warm season grasses do not like cold soil temperatures which is why during the winter months any recovery from injury is greatly reduced.  We are lucky enough this far south that the grasses very rarely go dormant.  Growing conditions typically stay just right to keep everything green but growth is minimal.

The 4th Green on November 4th 2019

The 5th Green on November 18th 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Clipping Yields

The attached photos show how we measure the volume of clippings removed from the greens daily. This allows us to monitor growth and help aid us in growth regulator applications and other cultural practices.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Concrete work

Final repairs are being made alone Prestwick Drive from a major irrigation repair.  Since we were ordering the concrete from Cemex we took the opportunity to add some bollards to protect the entry gate system to the golf maintenance facility.