Monday, February 11, 2013

Bird Houses and the Audubon

Ryan Vrooman, Assistant Superintendent, has taken on the daunting task to get Arrowhead Golf Club certified as a Audubon Cooperative Sanuatary Golf Course.  Arrowhead has been a member of the Audubon Internaitonal for the past few years but never ceritfied.  Audubon International's mission:
To work with others to deliver high-quality environmental education and to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play.
Arrowhead's Turf Care Department strives to be stewards of the environement.  One step is to promote wildlife and habitat management.  Pictured above, Ryan is cleaning out and sanitizing all the bird house we have on property.  This step is done every winter to enhance our bird population. We are building new house which will be spead out throughout the property to attract more Bluebirds.  Some other bird's that you will see on property will be: Red-tailed hawks, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Tree Swallows, White Pelicans, Red-winged Blackbirds and Downey Woodpeckers.  These are just a few of what our course has to offer.  Keep checking back in with us to see our progress with the Audubon Society. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Colorado Weather in January!

 #2 Green
 #16 Beginning Fairway
 #15 Green Hazard
#3 Green

The saying in Colorado is that if you are not happy with the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change.  We have not experienced a winter like this one in many years.  Mother nature has not cooperated with us this winter only providing us with very little to no snow cover.  Normally at this time we are still under a few feet of snow.  We have been running water pumps attached to roller bases and utilizing our water tank everyday.  It came to a point in mid January that we could no longer keep up with the remaining melting snow and warm weather.  On January 21st, we decided as a team to charge up the irrigation system to water the uncovered and wind beaten grass.  2 days later we opened up the course to January golf! It was great time seeing avid golfers out there enjoying golf at Arrowhead.  After a hard week of watering, we blew out the irrigation system in time for the first actual snow fall of 2013.  While we did not receive a lot of the snow it is blanketing the grass for the time being.