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Los Gatos, California, United States
Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Visual Contrast in Turf Color

When we talk about our turf conversion scheduled for August, it is hard to visualize the difference in aesthetics that this work will create.  This photo shows the contrast between the old grass on the left and the newer grass on the right that was installed a few years ago when the tee was constructed.   Now, visualize the entire golf course the color on the right.

In April a large area at the practice area will be sprayed and then seeded to simulate what will be done in August.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cart Path Repair

This is the cart path at the 18th green pull out.  Tree roots are very powerful and able to lift concrete to the point of failure such as what is seen in this image.  80% of the cart path repairs being done this week are the result of tree root intrusions.

Prepped area with roots cut and removed

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Maintenance

This is a big week for the golf course. It is the week of aerification, and for the next 3 days the course is closed to provide as much efficiency as possible. 
new toro aerator
The tasks at hand are: 1) Aerification of all surfaces over the 97 acre property for soil drainage and a healthly growing medium. 2) Application of 84 tons of gypsum over the entire property to aid soil structure. 3) Spreading 10 tons of fertilizer to provide growth for the next 5 months. 4) topdressing of fairways with 400 tons of sand that will help firm surfaces for playability.

picking up cores off the green
topdressed green after dragging

This is a lot of hard labor that keeps the course healthy and playing well.  Superintendents have known for years that this effort is not appreciated by most players, although it is the single most important cultural practice that ensures a well conditioned golf course.