It has been about a month since my last posting. Time for some new information. Through the holidays and down time since that last post, not a lot has changed. Work has continued that becomes more and more important every day we don't experience nce rain.In the absence of rain, we have had more play on the course, and the added traffic needs to be managed so that the turf doesn't thin out in high traffic areas. We have performed additional aerification to reduce compaction and the fertilizer schedule has been adjusted upwards.
|Dirt pile out on the range were wires are being located|
|Thinned trees on #15 and resulting sunlight on the green surface|
Lastly, I want to talk a little bit about migratory birds, especially coots and geese. Meggie, our Australian shepherd, is trained to chase these birds away and she is good at her job. But she can't be at the ponds all day every day. What I have learned is that the geese can be scared away and are not very territorial. Coots, on the other hand, will stay despite harassment from the dog. These birds are not a protected species but they did choose an environmentally friendly neighborhood to reside. The options on getting them off the course are limited and we are looking into all methods to end the waste that they deposit and the damage to the golf course playing surfaces. It has our attention everyday and we will find a solution as quickly as possible.
|Meggie keeping watch on the 14th green|