|Close up of the putting surface's exhibit a very healthy & dense condition only two weeks out from aeration.|
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Granite Bay GCM started our fall aeration procedures directly after the Labor Day Holiday as planned. We completed 1-18 regulation putting surfaces as well as the upper putting green and will have rough completed through hole #11 by the end of the day on Thursday 9/10/20.
|Sunrise aided by smoke over the GBGC GCM yard 9/9/20|
We aerated greens first so they can recover ASAP which is a solid tradition. We opted to start the rough next by core aerating followed by seeding and topdressing with compost which will keep the seedbed moist which is necessary for seed germination. We will complete this process in the rough next week on holes 13-18. We opted to do the rough before any work on fairways because the rough took more summer losses then the fairways this year and needed more help.
|Freshly aerated and topdressed putting surface|
This coming Monday 9/14/20 we will verticle mow, seed and lightly topdress the greens, 6 days after we core aerated them. We will mow them for the first time after aeration on Tuesday or Wednesday 8 or 9 days out from aeration. Good recovery weather is forecasted so we should see aeration holes covered in 10 to 14 days and back to putting quality 21 to 28 days out from aeration. Along with the finishing touches on the greens this coming Monday we plan to over seed the tees. More to come on that process. After the tees on Monday we plan to finish the rough on the back 9 on Tuesday 9/15/20 and therefore will have the back nine closed until 1:00 PM.
We will still be seeding and topdressing throughout the rest of next week but shouldn't require any more closures. We will all have to play golf and work around each other for the next week and you will have to keep the carts on the path so we dont jeopardize seed germination, but by the later part of the month the course will be on the road to recovery once again from ravages of yet another Sacramento summer.
Core aerifying rough
Dragging & braking up cores
Spreading compost over seed in bare areas
Sweeping up aeration core remnants
Monday, August 31, 2020
The fall equinox is only 22 days away and Labor Day is only a week away. This marks the traditional time of the year for Granite Bay's course aeration and the time of the year that our cool season turf will start to recover from the Summer.
Last week aerated the Santa Anna hybrid bermuda surrounds and are doing the same to the #17 fairway this morning Monday 8/31/20 before a 10:00 event. The rush on aerating these areas prior to the greens and other cool season turf is to capture as much warm weather that is left in the year for recovery of the warm season Santa Anna. This highlights some of the difficult maintenance strategies we are currently balancing with our mix of turf which hopefully will not be long term.
Friday, August 7, 2020
2020 has been quite year so far and I'm not sure many of us anticipated how much our lives would change. In some ways our work lives in Granite Bay GCM hasn't changed drastically as the golf course never completely closed due to COVID and actually before all this pandemic stuff we thought we would be closed to finish the turf conversion we started in 2019. Then "The Project" was cancelled followed shortly after with COVID shutdown's and all of our worlds changed.
|#2 FW low shady area. Stays wet, collects golf balls and without|
Member divot filling help is pretty tore up in early August.
In many ways the cancelling of the project was fortuitous for the GBGC membership as you now had somewhere to go and exercise and socialize in a socially distant fashion, so the golf course has never been busier. To give you an idea of how busy, through July 2020 we have run 26,000 golf rounds through the course. All of which were Member rounds. In the entire year of 2019 we ran 29,000 rounds including both Member and Tournament rounds. Most of these rounds were done without the help of Members filling divots because we were required to remove all of the divot bottles from the golf course and single cart riders because we cannot send out carts with dual occupancy.
|#1 Granite Tee. It got wore out early in the 2020 season and needed|
to be re-sodded.
All this activity didn't leave as much of a mark on the course early in the spring months as the course's cool season turf is thriving at that time of the year. But as we progressed into the summer months where the course has historically struggled, the traffic is starting to take its toll. GCM has more then doubled its man-hours on filling divots but it is hard to keep up. Additionally we are trying to culture new hybrid bermuda surrounds and #17 FW to help create the playing surfaces we all want at the same time taking care of a cool season course in another Granite Bay summer while receiving historic traffic. Something had to give and the course is certainly summer worn in areas in early August. Weather hasn't been to bad even after recording 15 days over 100 degrees and another 15 days in the 98+ degree range. Nighttime temperatures have been cool and the two distinct heat spells have been proceeded by nice cool downs.
|Newly installed tee-line at the rear of the driving range was|
a traffic related add in the social distancing world we now live in.
|View from the back of the range on the new tee-line|
None of us know when we will get back to normal. We do know that the fall equinox is 46 days away and post labor day aeration is only a month away. Let the recovery begin!
Saturday, June 6, 2020
|Finished Driving Range product. There are now seven total target greens including 3 additional short game targets, and no sand traps to maintain around.|
|Upper practice green with no holes. We have come "cup-less" target poles arriving soon.|
|Sand traps rake are still not available for golfers.|
|We recently upgraded the platform that is required in this new COVID world |
from the foam we started with originally. I think all will agree this is a better
option then the bouncy, faded foam.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
We got started filling in the bunkers last week to get them ready for sodding on Monday 4/27/20. We plan on substantially increasing the size of the target greens near to previous bunkers by sodding down the slope where to bunkers used to be creating a false front to each target green that will be very visible form the tee. Additionally we plan to add another 2 targets giving us 6 total.
Above Enrique and the GCM crew stripping out the completely worn out center section of the range to prepare it for new sod. We will add a 135 yard (from the mats) target green in this area as well.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
|We haven't many big storms this rainy season and one of the biggest issues for golf course|
maintenance when we do have big storms is bunker recovery. Heavy rains wash the sand off
the faces of bunkers and fill them with rainfall, some of which needs to be
mechanically pumped out.
|And the recovery process is lengthy. This go around will take us 3 days to recover all of the bunkers.|
|The big loss from this storm was the toppling of the large Blue Oak that protected the right hand side of the green on #6|
|First things first. We need to remove the down tree. Next we can contemplate future options for protecting|
the right hand side of the green.