Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Aerification Schedule

We are just about done with aerifying the tees, collars and approaches course wide. We aerified a few holes each morning so we did not impact your golfing experience. We aerified with 5/8" tines with a 2" spacing. We over seed each tee box and approach with a Perennial Ryegrass. We still need to finish #10 collar and approach and the combined tee box on #12/15. Our plan was to have them finished by the most recent rain storm so mother nature could water in the Ryegrass seed. We will start the deep tine process of the fairways and tees as soon as we diagnose the hydraulic pump issue with the tractor. Billy Miller, our Equipment Manager has been working very hard to get the tractor repaired. It is imperative that this is fixed correctly so we can deep tine the greens in mid October. The plan is to aerifier the greens on Monday and Tuesday, October 14th & 15th. We will keep you updated on any changes to the aerification schedule.

Course Conditions from most recent storms

The sun made it out yesterday for the first time in days. The course fared well from the rain storms. We received 3.86" of rain with most of it coming down nice and slow over the 4 days. We had a few rivers going down fairways at times and standing water in most bunkers. I have not seen this much rain since I lived in upstate NY. We pumped out bunkers everyday only to have them fill up within hours again. We only had a few minor wash outs. We were cart path only during the storm but we will be opening up the course today to carts. This week we will be mowing the course again to catch up from last week. We were only able to mow the rough, fairways and tees 1 time. It will take us the next few days to catch up, but playing conditions will return to the normal championship conditions. We are in the process of rebuilding all bunkers course wide. We will be re edging all bunker lips and redistributing all sand to the correct depths. Please be patient with the bunker repairs and maintenance and this is a slow and tedious process. We look forward to see you out there!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Course Signage

One of the main complaints from our guests that come and play golf at Arrowhead, is that there is no course signage.  Over the years, many of the fake rocks were damaged beyond repair making it very difficult to navigate the course. 
Ryan Vrooman, Assistant Superintendent, took this project under his wing.  This summer he installed 4 directional red rock on the course that stand about 4 feet tall.  He also installed a new front entrance rock that stands over 6 feet tall on the main road coming into the golf course.  He is in the process of installing another 5 directional rocks on the course this fall.  I have heard many compliments on the signage and how they have improved the pace of play.  We will "Keep Rockin" out there!